With its growing music scene, idyllic climate, some of the best universities in the country and proximity to beautiful coastlines, it’s easy to understand why Brisbane is such a popular study destination. The city’s skyline continues to grow skywards, as does the city’s reputation for world-class education.

The lifestyle is amazing as the city features extensive open spaces, a beautiful river running through the city and easy access to stunning beaches. With almost year-round sunshine there are plenty of opportunities to get out and enjoy this outdoor lifestyle.

CBD & Paddington

Brisbane’s CBD has undergone a transformation in the last five years, from a once fairly boring commercial precinct to a bustling centre with lots to offer both tourists and locals alike. Queen St Mall is a constant focus of activity, public transport and retail therapy, and is super convenient for those attending the nearby University at Gardens Point.

Once farmland, nowadays day-trippers, hipsters, joggers and suited professionals roam Paddington’s hilly precincts by day, while party-goers explore its bustling bars in the evening. Known for its upmarket restaurants, boutiques and trendy cafés, Paddington also has a selection of ‘op shops’1 and vintage stores to explore. With a laidback atmosphere and easily navigated streets, Paddington is a beautiful, more relaxed area for those seeking a quieter lifestyle.

West End & South Bank

West End and South Bank are two of the most lively areas of Brisbane. West End has a fun local feel, a mix of different cultures and alternative styles. The shops, restaurants and lifestyle, reflect this inner-city suburb’s varied charm and demonstrate the diversity of cultures that exist in the area.

Transformed from the post-World Expo ‘88 site and relaunched in 1992, South Bank has become Brisbane’s centre for lifestyle and culture. Located on the southern banks of the Brisbane River, its 17 hectares of lush parklands, world-class dining, stunning river views and year round entertainment make it a must on any Brisbane ‘To-Do’ list.

Fortitude Valley

If the CBD is the heart of Brisbane, then Fortitude Valley (known simply as ‘The Valley’) is the pulse. Immediately north east of the city centre, The Valley was Australia’s first dedicated entertainment district and continues to be the centre of Brisbane nightlife; a bustling group of clubs, bars, restaurants and adult entertainment. Live music was part of the areas very foundations and continues to be the essence of the Valley scene, with musicians, bands, DJ’s and buskers coming from around the country and the world to perform at any number of the precincts iconic venues.

New Farm & Teneriffe

A compact, inner-city precinct, New Farm, Teneriffe and Newstead are full of trendy retail outlets, restaurants and bars. Some of the best arts and cultural displays and festivals in Brisbane are also found here. Being so close to Fortitude Valley, these suburbs tend to adopt a similar attitude to their energetic neighbour, though the atmosphere tends to be a little more relaxed and upmarket. There is easy access via public transport and a limited amount of paid parking facilities available, but the area is small and easily navigated on foot, which is a great way of getting to know it, but also enjoying it’s green, leafy, picturesque surrounds.

St Lucia, Indooroopilly & Toowong

If you’re looking for a fun, interesting and, importantly, cheap time around Brisbane and find yourself around Toowong (Ta’wong), Indooroopilly (In-drah-pilly), or Saint Lucia (Saint Loo-sha), you are in luck. Nestled along the river and very close to the University of Queensland campus, this area combines a green, leafy inner city vibe, bustling retail shopping and cool coffee hangouts.