Brisbane is home to more than two million people from 200+ nationalities, speaking 220 different languages. It is one of the most multicultural cities in Australia and brings an abundance of cafes and shops, festivals and new experiences from all corners of the globe.

We enjoy magnificent weather with warm temperatures and 300+ days of sunshine each year. No wonder Queensland is known as the ‘Sunshine State’! There is plenty to do, no matter the season. Whether you enjoy sport, food, art, beaches, or nature and wildlife, there is a multitude of things to do and places to explore. We are also lucky enough to be located between the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast where sandy beaches, theme parks and national parks are in abundance.

UQ’s St Lucia campus is where you will be based for most of Year 1. St Lucia is centrally located, just seven kilometres from Brisbane’s city centre. In Year 2 you will be allocated to one of the Brisbane-based Clinical Units, where the majority of your time will be spent. Each of the Clinical Units are also centrally located, with plenty of options for dining, shopping, and living no matter your interest. Find out more about the St Lucia campus here, and about each of the Clinical Units here.

About UQ

Life at UQ gives you a great overview of UQ’s campuses, opportunities, support services and more. Each campus is its own mini-city with a range of services and retail options available to you.


There are many accommodation options from on-campus colleges, approved providers and private rentals. You can explore your options here.

Many students find their first accommodation close to the St Lucia campus. Try searching for rentals in the suburbs of Toowong, Taringa, Indooroopilly, Auchenflower, or Milton. Find out which suburb best suits your budget and lifestyle on the my.UQ Suburb Guide webpage. Remember to not pay a bond (deposit) until you have viewed the space in person!

There is also a range of short term accommodation options for students in Brisbane. Some of the below providers offer a little a 4 weeks minimum stay for students. Contact each provider for more information, or to find out how to book:

Getting around Brisbane

Travelling around Brisbane is easy via the dedicated public transportation system. One of the first items to get upon arriving to Brisbane is a goCard which will make travelling by public transport easier. Information on the Brisbane city public transportation system can be found here.

Getting to the St Lucia campus is easy with options to travel via public transport, car or bike. Bus Route 66 conveniently links St Lucia campus to many of the Faculty of Medicine clinical units, and the Herston campus.

Find your way around UQ

UQnav is a free app with searchable maps of UQ’s campuses.  Find your way to classes, coffee shops or the nearest bathroom with ease.

Bringing your family

Brisbane has plenty of attractions to keep your family entertained. With plenty of parks, pedestrian and bike paths, museums, and café’s and restaurants, they will never run out of things to do. Find out more in the ‘Exploring Brisbane’ section.

UQ has developed a family friendly guide for international students travelling to UQ with their family. This includes information about visa obligations, finding appropriate schools for your children, activities for families, and general life in Brisbane. Find the guide and extra resources on the Student Services website.

UQ Safety

Brisbane is a very safe and community-friendly city, but as in every major city it is important to stay alert and be smart at all times. The family guide has information for accessing emergency services, including health and non-urgent matters. For more tips and services provided by Brisbane City Council please visit this page

Dedicated Medical Program Health and Safety Sessions

The Medical Student Support team will provide a dedicated safety session during Orientation week. The session will include information on:

  • Getting started
  • Safety in Australia
  • OSHC and the Australian Medical System

Campus safety

UQ has a UniSafe program to keep students, staff and visitors feel safe and protected across all campuses at UQ. This program includes:

  • Services at UQ St Lucia and Gatton campuses, where students can be accompanied to public transport or parking areas past sunset (during darkness). 
  • Recommendations for pedestrian paths during night time – further details can be found here.
  • Safety bus services at UQ St Lucia run Monday to Friday after 6pm. This bus service links to main buildings, colleges, carparks and public transport stops. 

UQ Safezone

UQ Safe Zone is a free, user-friendly mobile app (for Android and Apple devices) that connects staff and students directly with UQ security officers or emergency services for any first aid or emergency situations on UQ campuses and sites. In case of any emergency, activating the app’s “help” feature will alert UQ Security to your name, phone number and location, enabling help to be sent.

For more information or to download the free app click here

Explore Brisbane

Brisbane is a young, friendly and multi-cultural city with beautiful weather and jam-packed with things to do. Find out more about Brisbane and surrounds. The best way to get to know the city is through the eyes of those who live there. For a free family-friendly tour take a look at Brisbane Greeters and book in your journey.

Multiculturalism in Brisbane

The Brisbane City Council provides services and initiatives to people of all backgrounds. This includes translation services, guide for new residents, citizenship information, as well as engagement with culturally diverse communities. For more information on services and events, visit their website.

A useful tool is the Multicultural Resource Directory developed by the Queensland Government. Here you can search for specific community organisations that offer information, advice, support, and networking for those living in Queensland.