The Sunshine State lives up to its name. With the best weather in Australia and home to its fastest-growing city, Brisbane, Queensland offers a huge range of educational opportunities for students. With its expansive golden beaches, tropical rainforests, vibrant sea and wildlife and amusement parks, Queensland's student culture has quickly grown.
The capital city of Queensland is Brisbane is overflowing with boutiques, restaurants and nightspots. The Gold Coast is Queensland's second-largest city, known for its long stretch of golden beaches, theme parks, the thriving nightlife of Surfers Paradise, and surfing events.
Cairns is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage rainforests, and offers a wide range of study programs to students. You may also consider studying in Townsville — Australia's largest tropical beachside city — or in Hervey Bay, which is on the doorstop of World Heritage-listed Fraser Island. Regional university campuses are primarily situated on the coast, or slightly inland.
Queensland enjoys a warm, stable climate throughout the year, with an average maximum temperature of 25°C, although Tropical North Queensland experiences a dry season from May to October and a wet season from November to April, which is characterised by higher humidity.
Metropolitan universities in Queensland have a broad range of course offerings, with everything from psychology and business to health and the arts. Regional Queensland also offers more specialised fields of study such as hospitality and management, marine science and tropical agriculture.
Where to study in Queensland
Universities with campuses in Queensland include:
- Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
- Bond University
- Federation University
- University of Southern Queensland
- Griffith University
- University of the Sunshine Coast
- The University of Queensland
- James Cook University
- Southern Cross University
- Australian Catholic University
- Charles Darwin University (CDU)
- CQUniversity Australia
- Torrens University Australia
The best universities in Queensland for study in 2022
There is no one university that is best for all students, since different things matter to different people. Our ratings provide a series of insights on Australian universities, helping those in the process of deciding where to study.
Courses and institutions differ in many ways and only the student can decide which differences really matter to them. Check out the ratings for universities in Queensland and filter by study level (undergraduate or postgraduate). Some ratings are also available to filter further by field of study.
In the tables below, we’ve listed the university that ranked highest in each rating category for Queensland in the 2022 edition of The Good Universities Guide ratings.
The proportion of domestic students enrolling at each university from low socioeconomic or disadvantaged backgrounds
CQUniversity – 39%
The proportion of staff who hold a masters or doctoral degree
Where high-achieving students choose to study — compares the proportion of commencing students with high ATAR scores at each university
The University of Queensland — Low: 0 Medium: 0.65 High: 0.35
The number of students per teaching staff member
Bond University — 9:1
The proportion of domestic students commencing a bachelor degree whose parents’ education is known and did not exceed Year 12
Federation University — 55%
The median salary of graduates from different universities
University of Southern Queensland — $70,000
The employment rates of graduates from different universities
Charles Darwin University (CDU) — 81.4%
Charles Darwin University (CDU) — 94.1%
The Student Experience
The proportion of students who felt they were engaged with learning in their institution
Bond University — 80.8%
Bond University — 66.6%
The proportion of students who were satisfied with the learning resources provided by their institution
Bond University — 93.4%
Bond University — 89.9%
The proportion of students who were satisfied with the overall quality of their educational experience
Bond University — 85.8%
Bond University — 83.1%
The proportion of students who were satisfied with the skill development they experienced through their studies
Bond University — 91%
Bond University — 86.1%
The proportion of students who were satisfied with the support they received from their institution
Bond University — 90.7%
Bond University — 85.5%
The proportion of students who were satisfied with the quality of teaching they experienced
Bond University — 90.8%
Bond University — 86.7%
Head to the Ratings tab to view our most recent ratings for Queensland universities — filter by subject and level of study to find the one that suits.