International House is located within the University of Queensland (UQ) on-campus at St Lucia, Brisbane. UQ’s main campus is a vibrant mix of grand sandstone buildings and contemporary architecture, landscaped gardens and lakes, sporting ovals and tree-lined walking tracks beside the river.

UQ ranks in the world’s Top 50 universities (from a total of 10,000) and is ideally situated in one of Australia’s most popular tourism states. In 2018, over 18,000 students from 134 countries made up approximately one-third of students attending UQ.

Brisbane is affectionately known as the River City with a spectacular River Fire Festival with fireworks and jet flyovers celebrated each September. The Brisbane River gently wraps around the University of Queensland, which is only 7 km or 12 minutes from Brisbane’s CBD by road and a similar distance/time on the city’s River Cat ferry system. In October each year, the river banks are a ribbon of lilac as jacaranda trees burst into bloom, signalling the time when university students knuckle down for their final exams.

Near Brisbane, some of the best beaches in Australia – and the world – are right on your doorstep. Students can jump on a bus or train and within an hour be swimming at the famous Gold Coast (south) or Sunshine Coast (north). Spectacular Moreton and Stradbroke Islands are less than 1 hour away by ferry. Plus, there is K’gari (Formerly Fraser Island), the largest sand island in the world.

Just over 4 hours north is the lower Great Barrier Reef and Lady Elliot Island, the best part of the reef to see the rich variety of corals and sea life, and the turtles coming ashore at Mon Repos in Bundaberg.

When it comes to animal encounters with Australia’s unique wildlife we have the best right here. The Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is an experience not to be missed and just 15 minutes from IH. Australia Zoo, home of the legendary crocodile eco-warrior, Steve Irwin, is less than one hour away via public transport. In the opposite direction are the world-famous theme parks of the Gold Coast: Warner Bros. Movie World, Dreamworld, Sea World and the Australian Outback Spectacular.

The 6 best reasons to live and study in Brisbane according to The University of Queensland.

More reasons to choose Brisbane and stay at International House?

  • More affordable than Sydney and Melbourne

  • Our city, at approximately 2 million, is less crowded

  • Winters are mild and sunny

  • Dedicated Busways and train lines make getting around easy

  • Close to other Universities

    • QUT (Gardens Point campus) in the City
    • Griffith University South Bank in the City or Mount Gravatt
    • ACU – Australian Catholic University
  • A bike-friendly city with dedicated bike lanes, making it easy to get around in a fun way

Come to Brisbane and live at International House. We offer tremendous value.