The College is situated on the corner of College and Thynne Roads within the beautiful grounds of the University of Queensland. It provides modern furnished common rooms with flat screen TV’s tennis court and conference facilities for both female and male guests during the semester breaks.
Located within the grounds of the University of Queensland’s St Lucia campus the Brisbane Colleges offer quality budget accommodation only a short distance from the Brisbane CBD. Only seven kilometres from the city’s heart on a magnificent 114 hectare site beside the Brisbane River, the campus has expansive landscaped grounds and abundant playing fields.
The cloister and buildings around the Great Court at the University feature distinctive sandstone, carved with historical scenes and carvings of Australian flora and fauna. The Great Court is listed on the Queensland Heritage Register as well as the Register of the National Trust of Queensland.
There are an abundance of cafes and other places to eat on the St Lucia Campus. Nearby in the suburb of St Lucia there are several restaurants and cafes. Whether your taste runs to Italian, Thai or Indian Curry you’ll find it locally. Check out www.eatability.com.au for details.
Travel to the campus by car, ferry, bus or train. For details see http://translink.com.au/ and www.uq.edu.au/maps/directions.html?menu=1.
The bus only takes nine minutes from the campus to the city but the ferry (City Cat) is the most enjoyable way to travel to and from the campus. Other suburbs within close proximity are Indooroopilly, Taringa and Toowong. The nearest hospital is Princess Alexandra Hospital in Woolloongabba.
Although the Colleges are relatively close to the Brisbane city centre they are a world away set in the campus with acres of peaceful surrounds, luxuriant gardens and walking paths. The campus has a typical Queensland feel. As a guest at a College you are very welcome to explore the building and gardens and use the common areas, such as library, TV rooms and kitchenettes with tea & coffee making facilities.
Buildings bedrooms and bathrooms
The first building on the current campus site was built in 1939. Many of the College buildings feature traditional wood panelled dining rooms but the general feeling is light and airy.
Some bedrooms come with private ensuite bathrooms. In the older parts of the College there is usually a corridor with bedrooms on one or both sides. Bathrooms are also located off the corridor. Share bathrooms have separate private cubicles for each shower and each toilet.
Many bedrooms have pleasant views to a garden, oval, or lawn. Each bedroom has a bed, desk, desk chair, wardrobe, bookcase and lamp.
Most Colleges serve a buffet breakfast in the dining hall. The dining room is a large room, which accommodates all the resident students during University term.
Some Colleges offer lunch and dinner as well for an extra charge. Availability of meals may vary during the University holidays. Vending machines are available for drinks and snacks. Free tea and coffee making facilities are available 24 hours a day in a common area.
You may have to pay for access to the internet and may need a cable to use it in your bedroom. WiFi may be available in rooms and common areas. Please have a look at the information displayed on the individual College page.
The University of Queensland Art Museum is located in the James and Mary Emelia Mayne Centre (Building 11) University Drive, The University of Queensland.
The cultural hub of Brisbane is the Queensland Cultural Centre adjacent to South Bank on the Brisbane River. Worth a visit are the Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, State Library of Queensland, the Queensland Art Gallery and the Gallery of Modern Art - the largest modern art museum in Australia.
At night, visit one of the Queensland Performing Arts Centre’s (QPAC) four venues, and catch a show by the Queensland Theatre Company, Queensland Ballet, Queensland Orchestra or Opera Queensland. Alternatively you could head to New Farm for the Brisbane Powerhouse Centre for the Arts, which is home to a progressive program of contemporary arts from Australia and overseas. www.ourbrisbane.com
Get your bearings when you first arrive and explore the city by foot, by river cruise or ferry. Take in the sights and discover why the river is so central to Brisbane life. Animal lovers can see Australian wildlife up close at Lone Pine or Alma Park Zoo. Head out to sea on a fishing charter, or set sail on a sailing tour or cruise of Moreton Bay. And exploring nearby North Stradbroke and Moreton Island’s beaches by 4WD is a must.
University Stays offers great value accommodation if you are attending an event in Brisbane over the summer or winter holidays.