Moving to Australia

Universities In Brisbane

Brisbane attracts a large number of overseas students because of its sub-tropical climate and easy-going lifestyle. Its Universities are of exceptionally high standards and facilities are up-to-date and impressive. Brisbane University courses cover the full scale of academia.

If you’re considering studying, living or holidaying in Australia, you may want to check out Brisbane Universities. Keep an eye out on their respective websites for Open Day opportunities and remember that the best University in Brisbane is the one that suits your learning style and course needs the best.

List of Universities in Brisbane

Brisbane’s population of around 2.4 million is well served by its six universities over multiple campuses:

  • University of Queensland – St Lucia and Herston
  • Queensland University of Technology – Gardens Point and Kelvin Grove
  • Australian Catholic University – Banyo
  • CQ University – Brisbane City
  • Griffith University – Mt Gravatt, Nathan and South Bank
  • Torrens University Australia – Fortitude Valley

University of Queensland – The Best University in Brisbane?

Possibly the state’s most prestigious tertiary institution, the University of Queensland is spread over four main campuses. Its central campus is at St Lucia, a prime, 114-hectare site bordered by the Brisbane River on all sides and just 7 kilometres from the city.

  • World ranking – Ranked 48th most reputable university in the world.
  • Reputation – Widely considered to be one of the country’s leading tertiary institutions.
  • Faculties – Business, Economics & Law; Engineering, Architecture & Information Technology; Health and Behavioural Sciences; Humanities and Social Sciences; Medicine; Science.
  • On-campus accommodation – Some is available at the St Lucia campus. The University has a guaranteed accommodation
  • Student body – Enrolments number close to 49,000 students.
  • Other campuses – The University’s Medical School is at the Herston campus, 3 kilometres from the city. There is also a satellite campus at Ipswich, half an hour outside of Brisbane and courses are offered at a number of other locations as well.
  • Notable alumni – Nobel laureates Peter C. Doherty and John Harsanyi; Quentin Bryce (first female Governor-General of Australia); Oscar winning actor Geoffrey Rush.
  • Notable achievements – Invention of the HPV vaccine and the development of superconducting MRI magnets for portable scanning of human limbs.
  • Why you should consider UQ – A prestigious University with a world-class reputation.
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Queensland University of Technology

QUT is a public research university located in the inner city at Gardens Point. It bills itself as “a world-class university with a global outlook” and offers students quality education with reasonable tuition fees.

  • World ranking – Ranked 247th in the world.
  • Reputation – Established as a fully-fledged University in 1989, QUT was, in 2018, ranked as Queensland’s top university under 50 years.
  • Faculties – Accountancy; Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations; Economics and Finance; Management; QUT Graduate School of Business.
  • On-campus accommodation – Not available.
  • Student body – Over 48,500.
  • Other campuses – Kelvin Grove is the main campus for creative industries, education and health studies.
  • Notable alumni – Aboriginal actress Deborah Mailman; former Premier of Queensland, Peter Beattie; computer scientist, Steve Lawrence; former Treasurer of Australia, Wayne Swan.
  • Why you should consider QUT – State-of-the-art, smoke-free campuses and QUT has signed the Australian Human Rights Commission’s project ‘Racism. It stops with me.’

Australian Catholic University

ACU is a publicly-funded University with one Brisbane campus, six interstate and one in Rome, Italy. International students are given a comprehensive orientation program which includes campus tours and a range of welcome events. The Brisbane campus features an English language centre.

  • World ranking – Ranked 741st in the world.
  • Reputation – A small, intimate University that takes pride in its staff and facilities. Also known for its encouraging culture.
  • Faculties – Law and Business; Education and Arts; Health Sciences; Theology and Philosophy.
  • On-campus accommodation – Not available on the Banyo campus itself but ACU-endorsed accommodation is available in the City.
  • Student body – Around 32,000.
  • Notable alumni – Writer, Morris West; Pippa Hallas, Ella Bache CEO; Matt Burke, Australian rugby union player.
  • Why you should consider ACU – ACU welcomes students of all backgrounds and beliefs and provides equal access to education for all.

CQ University

Originally established in regional Rockhampton in 1967, CQ University’s Brisbane campus delivers over 300 courses, from Certificate level to PhD. It is known for its diversity, quality learning and teaching, outreach and inclusiveness. CQU is acknowledged as conducting ‘well above world standard’ research in Applied Mathematics, Mathematical Sciences, Nursing and Medical, Health, Psychology and Cognitive Services.

  • World ranking – Ranked 976th in the world.
  • Reputation – Known for its focus on social innovation, entrepreneurship and impact.
  • Faculties – Business and Law; Education and the Arts; Engineering and Technology; Health, Medical and Applied Sciences; Nursing, Midwifery and Social Sciences.
  • On-campus accommodation – Not available.
  • Student body – Around 35,000.
  • Other campuses – Outside of Brisbane, CQU’s campuses are in Rockhampton, Bundaberg, Emerald, Mackay, Gladstone, Noosa, Sydney, Melbourne, Cairns and Adelaide.
  • Notable alumni – WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange; Olympic gold medal-winning cyclist, Anna Meares; Indigenous Australian writer, actor and director, Wayne Blair.
  • Why you should consider CQU – Graduates of CQU were ahead of the national rate for graduate full-time employment.

Griffith University

Griffith University is an IRU member. IRU stands for Innovative Research Universities whose main purpose is to undertake advocacy on issues around research, higher education and tertiary students. This institution focuses on ‘remarkable’ and being an exception to the usual. It is a research-intensive university that ranks in the world’s top 2 per cent of universities.

  • World ranking – Ranked 325th in the world.
  • Faculties – Nathan Campus: Business and Government; Science and Aviation; Engineering and IT; Environment; Criminology and Law; Humanities; Languages. Mt Gravatt: Social and Behavioural Sciences; Research. South Bank: Music; Visual and Creative Arts.
  • On-campus accommodation – Available at Nathan and Mt Gravatt.
  • Student body – Around 47,000.
  • Other campuses – Griffith University’s campuses include Logan, Nathan, Mt Gravatt and South Bank in Brisbane and there is also a Gold Coast campus.
  • Notable alumni – Popular musicians, Katie Noonan and Kate Miller-Heidke; Eurovision performer, Dami Im; Walt Disney and Fox animator, Marek Kochout; Scientist, Professor Qiyong Liu; Griffith Uni’s first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Public Health PhD Graduate, Dr Vanessa Lee.
  • Notable achievements – Partnership with the (Steve) Irwin family in biodiscovery to find lifesaving medications to combat human diseases. Development of a malaria vaccine.
  • Why you should consider Griffith Uni – World-class academic staff and over 230 academic and exchange agreements with other global institutions helps provide a genuinely international qualification. Strong bonds are maintained with industry so that graduates have a competitive edge when entering the workforce.

Torrens University

Located in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley, Torrens University’s cutting-edge campus provides a stimulating environment that offers learning opportunities that are outside the norm. It offers the most up-to-date digital learning technologies and encourages collaborative project and classroom spaces.

  • World ranking – Ranked 7,972nd in the world.
  • Reputation – Only opened in 2013, Torrens University is still developing a reputation. That said, it is known to be innovative and fresh and has a diverse student population encompassing more than 103 nationalities.
  • Faculties – Business; Design; Education; English; Health; Hospitality; Project Management; Sports Management; Technology; Higher degrees by research.
  • Student body – 10,800 across all campuses.
  • Other campuses – Torrens University campuses are in Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Melbourne, Adelaide and Auckland (NZ).
  • Why you should consider Torrens University – Students report that Torrens University has a stimulating vibe and nurtures creativity and open learning. Smaller class sizes and flexible online options make it easy to learn the way you learn best.


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