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University Spotlight – University of Queensland

Find out more about what it’s like to study at the University of Queensland in our latest university spotlight.


Campuses & Access


The University of Queensland’s main campus is located in St Lucia, in the heart of Brisbane’s CBD. It’s easy to access the campus via public transport, including bus, train, and ferry. There are also limited paid parking options for those who wish to travel by car. UQ also has a rural campus in Gatton, located west of Brisbane, and a small campus in Herston dedicated to health studies and research.

The St Lucia campus is very large, occupying nearly an entire suburb itself. It takes around 20 minutes to cross the campus on foot.

Some of the paths and buildings across the St Lucia campus are accessible by wheelchair, with most buildings containing lifts for access to upper floors.


Online Learning


UQ currently offer no options for online or blended study in any of their undergraduate courses. They do offer some short postgraduate-level courses online. If you’re looking to study at an undergraduate level at UQ, you’ll need to study on-campus.


Study Options


UQ offer undergraduate courses in most standard study areas. They are also one of the only universities to offer a degree in medicine – while the degree is postgraduate, you can apply for provisional entry upon finishing Year 12.

UQ also offer 70 dual degree options, meaning you can study and graduate with two degrees in less time than it would take to study them separately.

The academic year is split across two semesters, running roughly from late-February to mid-November, with a month-long break between semesters. Each semester also includes a week-long mid-semester break. A short optional Summer semester is also offered from late November to late January – there is a break over the Christmas and New Year period. You can view the academic calendar for the year here.

The structure of most courses at UQ is quite rigid, with subjects only offered in certain semesters and must be taken in a set order. You can find out more about specific courses and subjects in the course handbook here.


Accommodation & Living


The University of Queensland offer a variety of accommodation options, including 3 university-owned residences and 10 residential colleges, all located on or close to campus. They have a unique option, UQ Res Homes, which offers temporary accommodation (up to one year) to regional and interstate students and those who might find it difficult to rent privately.

Guaranteed accommodation is offered to commencing and continuing students relocating from outside Brisbane.

Sizes vary from studio to multi-bedroom options. 2023 prices vary between $320 to $720 per person per week, depending on size and location. The fees for all accommodation options include all utility bills – electricity, water, and internet (Wi-Fi). Some options also include catering, while others can have meal plans added for an additional fee. Many options include additional facilities, such as gyms, communal areas, sporting facilities, and more.

Contracts are offered on both 6- and 12-month terms (depending on location). Students must reapply for accommodation at the end of their contract.

You can see all accommodation options and application processes here.

Living off campus in Brisbane city can get quite expensive (the current median rental price for an apartment in St Lucia is $480 per week), and rental options are generally highly competitive. More affordable options further away can mean a very long travel time to and from campus.


Campus & Teaching Facilities


There are several facilities on the St Lucia campus, including cafés and eateries, museums and galleries, and sporting facilities. There are also lots of natural areas, including landscaped gardens and lakes. The St Lucia campus is home to the largest research library in the State, as well as several laboratories, study spaces, and lecture theatres.

The Gatton campus offers specialised studies in agricultural, environmental, and veterinary sciences, and features a working farm, as well as post-harvest facilities and greenhouses.

The Herston campus is located alongside the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, allowing students to work closely with health researchers and professionals.


Student Support


UQ offer a wide variety of student support services, ranging from academic and study support, disability and inclusion support, specialised support for Indigenous students, and health and wellbeing services.

Information about support services is easy to find and access on their website here.


Industry Partnerships


UQ students can undertake an internship during study breaks, allowing you to gain real-world experience in your chosen study area and start making important contacts. Some degrees also have special work-integrated learning options, letting you apply what you learn in the classroom to real-world situations.

UQ also has a special entrepreneurship hub, UQ Ventures, open to all students. Access dedicated co-working spaces, events, programs, and tools to help you grow your own business and learn entrepreneurial skills.


Information Accessibility


UQ’s website is modern and easy to navigate, with functionality that works across all major browsers. It has a handy search function, and essential information about courses, scholarships, and support options are easy to find.


Tours & Information Sessions


You can take a virtual tour of all UQ campuses and accommodation spaces here. They also run guided school group tours, or you can download the UQ Maps app (available for Apple and Android devices) and explore the campuses at your own leisure.

UQ run both online and on campus information events for future students sporadically throughout the year. You can view the upcoming calendar of events here.


Next Steps


If you’re interested in study at the University of Queensland and want to find out more information, the best way to do this is to contact them, either by phone on 07 3346 9872, or by submitting an enquiry online.

UQ also run one Open Day a year, currently scheduled for 6 August.


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