Queensland Universities


Perpetually warm and sunny, Brisbane has a lot to offer. It’s Australia’s third largest city, which means there are plenty of places to eat, drink and shop. If you’re visiting before you move, there are also a lot of great hotels in the CBD and along the river and on Kangaroo Point. Additionally, there are always things to see and do – from gigs and festivals through to live sporting events.

Compared with Sydney, it’s more affordable to live in Brisbane. And the city’s bus and ferry system makes it easy to get around (it’s also possible to hire a bike). Griffith University, The University of Queensland and the Queensland University of Technology are all centrally located near the Brisbane CBD.

When you need a break from study, head over to Fortitude Valley. Here you’ll find a number of bars, restaurants and nightclubs that will keep you entertained.Find flight to Brisbane

Gold Coast

The Gold Coast is home to Bond University, as well as one of Griffith University’s campuses. It’s a great place to study because the weather is generally always warm, and you’re close to the beach.

Surfers Paradise is the main hub of the Gold Coast, however it is usually crowded with tourists as it’s a favourite for International visitors, surfers and families due to the beaches, theme parks and large beach-side hotels. That’s fine if you don’t mind a bit of hustle and bustle, but if you would prefer to live somewhere quieter, you should consider finding a place a little further down the coast in the suburb of Robina.


Three hours north of Brisbane, Rockhampton is a friendly town with a tropical climate.

Central Queensland University is located approximately 40 kilometres inland from the Capricorn Coast, in North Rockhampton. It’s a great place to study as the peace and quiet will help you to focus. But when you need a break, there are plenty of things to do – including snorkelling, bungee jumping, or visiting the Rockhampton Zoo.


Right up the top of Queensland’s east coast is Townsville – a tropical beachside town. This is where you’ll find James Cook University.

Townsville is a very beautiful place to live (it’s surrounded by rainforests, beaches and coral reefs) however it can make you feel a little isolated. On the plus side, it provides the perfect setting for focusing on your studies.


Toowoomba is about an hour and a half west of Brisbane. It’s Australia’s second largest inland town, with a strong economy and a thriving community. The cost of living is reasonable, which makes it a great choice for a student, and the weather is reliably warm and sunny.

The University of Southern Queensland is located slightly south of the centre of town. Because of Toowoomba’s size, you should be able to find casual employment in a shop or a cafe – plus there are generally always things to see and do.

Sunshine Coast

The University of the Sunshine Coast is located in the suburb of Sippy Downs, which is about an hour north of Brisbane. If you love the beach, you’ll enjoy living here – as the uni is only a ten minute drive away from the coast.

The Sunshine Coast offers an easy going and outdoorsy lifestyle, plus a good selection of restaurants, shops and bars. And if you want to visit Brisbane, it’s only a short train ride away.

It’s worthwhile visiting the city you’re considering before making your final decision and it’s quite easy to grab a flight to Brisbane and then connect to the surrounding areas. Webjet offer a range of cheap hotels in the Gold CoastBrisbane and the Sunshine Coast.

Queensland Universities

The following information is taken directly from the website of the particular university or from the Australian Vice-Chancellor’s Committee website. A listed university does not represent any affiliation or recommendation made by boredofstudies.org and is purely a representation of facts about that particular university. Boredofstudies.org provides links to external organisations as an information service only and does not necessarily endorse any organisation or products which are represented on the external sites.

Bond University – www.bond.edu.au
Central Queensland University – www.cqu.edu.au
Griffith University – www.gu.edu.au
James Cook University – www.jcu.edu.au
The University of Queensland – www.uq.edu.au
Queensland University of Technology – www.qut.edu.au
University of Southern Queensland – www.usq.edu.au
University of the Sunshine Coast – www.usc.edu.au

top Bond University – www.bond.edu.au

Gold Coast Queensland 4229
Tel: (07) 5595 1111
Fax: (07) 5595 1140

Bond University was created by the Bond University Act of the Queensland Parliament in April 1987. The Act prescribed the responsibilities of the university and established the Council of Bond University, which also acts as the Board of Bond University Limited (a company limited by guarantee).

In 1999, Bond University purchased through its own resources the freehold of its purpose-built campus. Since securing ownership of its campus, Bond University has begun a process of controlled growth. Teaching began at the Robina campus in May 1989 with 322 students. The current student enrolment is just above 2000. The university is Australian in character and international in perspective, with students more than 45 nations representing nearly 50 per cent of the student body.

Bond University offers personalised tuition and is committed to maintaining a ratio of equivalent full-time students to academic staff of no more than 10 to one. The controlled growth mentioned above aims to increase student numbers to around 2500 and expand the university’s education base. Bond University plans to remain always small enough to fulfil its commitment to personalised education.

Courses are offered at bachelor, honours, graduate diploma, masters and doctoral level, through the Schools of Business, Humanities and Social Sciences, Information Technology and Law., plus the Institute of Health Sciences, Entry to programs is available in January, May or September, as the university operates a three-semester academic year.

topCentral Queensland University – www.cqu.edu.au

Rockhampton Queensland 4702
Tel: (07) 4930 9777
Fax: (07) 4936 1361 

Central Queensland University (CQU) is one of Australia’s most innovative and richly diverse universities. With a network of campuses situated along the east coast of Australia, and international operations extending into the Pacific and South-East Asia, CQU gives you a great choice of locations at which to study.

Central Queensland is home to CQU’s regional campuses at Rockhampton, Mackay, Gladstone, Bundaberg, Emerald, and Noosa.

The four Australian International campuses in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sydney and Melbourne are all located in the heart of the city.

Outside Australia, CQU International has a campus in Suva, Fiji, and also conducts teaching programs in Hong Kong, Singapore and Chengdu.

In 2001, CQU was awarded the Queensland Premier’s Export Award in the Education category, as the State’s largest provider of tertiary education to overseas students.

All CQU campuses provide state-of-the-art facilities to enhance learning, including computer laboratories, electronic library and our innovative Interactive System-Wide Learning lecture facilities which link CQU campus communities.

The University community’s five Faculties:

  • Arts, Health and Sciences
  • Business and Law
  • Education and Creative Arts
  • James Goldston Engineering and Physical Systems, and
  • Informatics and Communication

recognise the increasing need to provide multi-disciplinary, practical, and applied courses.

The Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music in Mackay is part of the Faculty of Education and Creative Arts at Central Queensland University and specialises in producing music performers of the highest calibre.

top Griffith University – www.gu.edu.au

Nathan Campus
Kessels Rd
Nathan Queensland 4111
Tel: (07) 3875 7111
Fax: (07) 3875 7965 

Griffith is an innovative University committed to multidisciplinary teaching and research, and the creation and communication of knowledge.

It has five networked campuses in three cities across the Brisbane-Gold Coast corridor.

It is a community comprising students from more than 80 countries around the globe, and academic staff who set a rigorous pace in the achievement of research and teaching excellence.

Its academic approach is founded on the sharing of knowledge across traditional boundaries. This interdisciplinary framework seeks to address and solve real-world problems in the 21st century.

Providing equality of opportunity is an important part of the Griffith mission. The University strives to recognise and nurture talent, and to give students and staff opportunities to reach their potential

Aviation, Biomolecular Science, Business Management, Criminology, Engineering and Information Technology, International Business, Journalism, Nursing, Photonics and Nanoscience, Politics and Government, Physiotherapy, Psychology and Science are among Griffith University’s program offerings in 2003.

A suite of oral health programs at a new dental school at the Gold Coast is planned to commence enrolments in 2004.

Griffith additionally values its community linkages and it has partnerships with numerous education service providers and industries around the world, including agreements with more than 150 institutions.

Established in 1971, Griffith University is named in honour of Sir Samuel Griffith (1845-1920), a former Premier and Chief Justice of Queensland and the first Chief Justice of Australia.

top James Cook University – www.jcu.edu.au

Townsville Queensland 4811
Tel: (07) 4781 4111
Fax: (07) 4779 6371
Cairns Queensland 4870
Tel: (07) 4042 1111
Fax: (07) 4042 1300

James Cook University is Australia’s leading tropical research University. The University takes its name from the eighteenth century English navigator and explorer, James Cook. Cook’s epic voyages in the southern hemisphere contributed significantly to the world of science. The University was proclaimed in Townsville on April 20, 1970.

JCU is a multi-campus university with the main sites located in the vibrant northern Queensland cities of Townsville and Cairns. Smaller sites are located in Mackay and Mt Isa. Affiliated operations with Holmes Colleges are in Sydney and Melbourne.

JCU is a high-ranking research university with a strong focus on matters relating to the tropics. JCU enjoys an international profile, maintained and promoted through linkages with universities and research institutions world-wide.

JCU’s main sites are located in tropical northern Queensland, a remarkable region where hundreds of thousands of visitors come each year to experience two World-Heritage-listed natural wonders – the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and the rainforests of the Wet Tropics. The region also provides the gateway to the scenic Atherton Tablelands and the historic Queensland Outback. Townsville and Cairns are thriving coastal cities each with populations of over 100,000. JCU is renowned for its friendliness, good staff-student ratios, highly qualified teaching staff and effective support services.

Over 170 undergraduate and 120 postgraduate courses are offered at JCU, spanning the Arts, Business, the Creative Arts, Education, Engineering, Law, Medicine and Health Sciences, Social Sciences and Science.

JCU provides its graduates with the qualifications and skills for entry into the global workforce. All degree programs emphasise the skills of critical thinking and problem solving, effective communication and familiarity with information technologies.

JCU works with local industries and professions to ensure that courses relate to employer needs. Work placement schemes feature in many degree programs, equipping graduates with valuable practical skills.

top The University of Queensland – www.uq.edu.au

Brisbane Queensland 4072
Tel: (07) 3365 1111
Fax: (07) 3365 1199

The University of Queensland (UQ) is one of Australia’s premier learning and research institutions. It is the largest and oldest university in Queensland and has produced generations of graduates who have gone on to become leaders in all areas of society and industry. The University is a founding member of the national Group of Eight, an alliance of research-strong “sandstone” universities committed to ensuring that Australia has higher education institutions which are genuinely world class. It belongs also to the global Universitas 21 alliance. This group aims to enhance the quality of university outcomes through international benchmarking and a joint venture e-learning project with The Thomson Corporation.

In 2002, The University of Queensland had more than 30,000 students enrolled. It continues to attract the vast majority of the state’s highest academic achievers and is renowned nationally and internationally for the quality of its teaching and research. In 1998-99 it was named Australia’s University of the Year and it continues to enjoy the highest overall rating for Queensland universities in the annual Good Universities Guide.

UQ remains the most successful Australian university in winning and being shortlisted for Australian Awards for University Teaching since they were established in 1997. On a variety of measures it is one of the top three or four research universities in the country and this success was underlined last year when it celebrated its 5000th PhD graduation. UQ also is building a cluster of international-quality research centres and institutes that will keep it at the frontiers of emerging research fields, particularly the biosciences.

The University of Queensland’s graduates have a strong record of success in attaining employment and income levels well above average. UQ qualifications are highly regarded by employers everywhere and our graduates form a powerful network of success across all industries and endeavours in all corners of the globe. In recent years, the international standing of UQ has been reinforced with a rapid growth in fee-paying students from abroad, as well as strong growth in postgraduate studies.

Detailed statistical data on students, staff, finance and other key indicators is available from the UQ Data Warehouse, administered by Management Information Section.

top Queensland University of Technology – www.qut.edu.au

GPO Box 2434
Brisbane Queensland 4001
Tel: (07) 3864 2111
Fax: (07) 3864 1510

One of Australia’s largest universities, Queensland University of Technology provides courses which are highly relevant to employment, and applies its expertise to solving real problems in industry and the community.

It is the major provider of bachelor graduates into full-time jobs in the nation and, in Queensland, it is the university of first choice for undergraduate applicants.

Links with industry are an important part of the QUT tradition. While the university was founded in 1989, its predecessor institutions served the needs of Queensland industry for 140 years.

With 39,000 students, including 4500 from overseas, QUT has three Brisbane campuses at Gardens Point in the CBD, Kelvin Grove and Carseldine in the northern suburbs, and a study centre at Caboolture. At Kelvin Grove, an innovative urban village development will integrate the campus with the community. The QUT Creative Industries Precinct and a major Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation will be part of the Kelvin Grove Urban Village, along with residential and retail development.

QUT offers academic programs from bachelor degree to PhD in these broad disciplines: Built Environment and Engineering, Business, Creative Industries, Education, Health, Humanities and Human Services, Information Technology, Law, and Science. Twenty per cent of total enrolments are at postgraduate level.

Employers and professional bodies have a strong influence on QUT courses which provide students with a unique balance of theory and practical skills. This has contributed to undergraduate courses winning accolades for teaching quality, for the use of innovative technology in their delivery, and for their relevance to employment.

Applied research aims to solve particular problems in industry and the community. National research centres based at QUT include diagnostics, construction innovation, engineering asset management, and interactive design. Other research expertise includes medical and plant biotechnology, medial engineering, public health, medical and environmental physics, accident research and road safety, manufacturing, and computing and communications.

top University of Southern Queensland – www.usq.edu.au

West Street
Toowoomba Queensland 4350
Tel: (07) 4631 2100
Fax: (07) 4636 1762

USQ is a dynamic, young University that offers award programs at undergraduate and postgraduate level by on-campus, off-campus or online study. Many students choose different modes of delivery for different periods of their study. The University believes that flexible delivery is about giving people what they want, where they want it, when they want it, in their style, in their place, in their time. We are regional, flexible and international.

USQ began its existence 32 years ago as an Institute of Technology and, later, as a College of Advanced Education. It was redesignated as a University from 1990 without amalgamating with any other university.

USQ was Joint Winner of the Good Universities Guides’ University of the Year: 2000-2001 Award. In 1999, USQ won the Inaugural Award for Excellence from the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE), as a world leader in “dual mode” (on-campus and off-campus) education.

USQ has a well-resourced main campus in the city of Toowoomba, and many regional support offices throughout Australia and in other countries where we offer our awards programs. We also have a well-equipped campus at Hervey Bay, serving the Wide Bay region, and a Brisbane Campus. You are welcome to visit our campuses or contact us by phone or fax during business hours.

As at November 2003, the University has approximately 25,000 enrolments, including over 7,400 international students. More than 100 nationalities are represented and about 5,000 international students study USQ programs in their home countries.

The University has strong research programs in such areas as biotechnology, agricultural and environmental engineering, sustainable land use, the design and development of fibre composites, numerical modelling and simulation, e-business and e-commerce, school leadership, children’s literacy, theatre studies, literature and regional history. It is renowned for its performing and visual arts programs and is a world leader in online learning technologies and pedagogy.

Overall, the University has embraced the need for change implicit in an educational environment that is highly competitive, and dominated by the evolution of global communications technologies. It intends to remain fast, flexible and fluid in meeting the needs of learners throughout Australia and internationally. It will meet these needs without compromise to the quality and integrity of its programs and standards.

top University of the Sunshine Coast – www.usc.edu.au

Maroochydore DC, QLD 4558
Tel: (07) 5430 1234;
Fax: (07) 5430 1111

The establishment of University of the Sunshine Coast in 1996 created the first public university on a greenfield site in Australia for 23 years. Mooloolah River National Park adjoins the University’s 100 hectare site. Wild kangaroos reside on campus, and are recognised as a symbol of the University’s stance on environmental sustainability.

The University was founded to service the needs of the Sunshine Coast community, one of Australia’s fastest growing regions. More than 500 students were enrolled at the University when it opened in February 1996, and now in its seventh year of operation, the Sippy Downs campus accommodates over 3 000 students, 400 staff, and 270 international students from 18 countries.

The University’s charter is to provide Sunshine Coast residents access to higher education. One third of students are the first in their family to attend a university, and there is a high proportion of mature aged students at the University.

The student population size ensures personal attention and a focus on student support. Graduates have recognised the benefits of such a learning environment, giving their experience at University of the Sunshine Coast a five-star rating 1.

The three faculties of Arts and Social Sciences, Business and Science offer over 50 undergraduate and postgraduate programs, and more than 450 courses, many of them developed and taught in concert with the region’s industries.

The University’s research activities have been enhanced by the establishment of the Sunshine Coast Research Institute for Business Enterprise (SCRIBE); a field research station at Beerwah; National Seniors Productive Ageing Centre; and Fraser Island Research and Education Centre. Queensland’s Premier officially launched the University’s $7m Innovation Centre and business incubator facility in June 2001.