QS Best Student Cities ranking: 23rd
With three major universities in a city of just over two million, Brisbane has one of the highest student ratios of any city in the QS Best Student Cities index – but this doesn’t mean it is just a student bubble.
An up-and-coming city that has seen rapid growth in the past decade as a result of the Australian ‘resources boom’, Brisbane is the third-largest city in Australia and the largest economy between Sydney and Singapore. It is also a popular tourist destination, due in part to its location next to the Gold Coast, which includes some of the world’s most famous beaches.
Brisbane offers an ideal mix for students seeking a compromise between urban and outdoor lifestyles. Stunning beaches, a sunny climate and a sporting culture coexist with a cosmopolitan down-town area with a trendy nightlife and arts scene.
This student-friendly environment is reflected in very high scores in the “student mix” and “desirability” categories of the QS Best Student Cities index, though, as is the case for the nation’s other cities, high international tuition fees mean Brisbane has a relatively low score for affordability.
With the University of Queensland ranking among the top 50 universities in the world, and two more universities ranked within the top 325, Brisbane offers a top-notch education in a wide range of disciplines. You can search for business-related programs at universities in Brisbane using QSCourses.com.au.
QS ranked universities
More about Brisbane
Number of universities ranked by QS
Top ranked institution
The University of Queensland (43rd in the world)
Students (% of total population)
4.4% (based on ranked institutions)
22.0% (of students at ranked institutions)
Average tuition fees
Global Liveability Ranking
20th (out of 140)
Mercer Cost of Living rank
52nd (out of 214)
Cost of a Big Mac
Cost of an iPad
Numbeo safety rank
129th (out of 372)
Numbeo pollution rank
268th (out of 299)
Transparency International score
9th (out of 177)
Sources: QS World University Rankings; Global Liveability Ranking (The Economist’s Intelligence Unit); Big Mac Index (The Economist’s Intelligence Unit); iPad Index (Commsec); Cost of Living Survey (Mercer);Corruption Perceptions Index (Transparency International).