Reasonably-priced casual visitor accommodation in a residential college on the campus of the University of Queensland.


Staying at International House Brisbane residential college within the University of Queensland is a convenient and affordable way to visit Brisbane, the beautiful beaches of the Sunshine and Gold Coast and the many attractions that South East Queensland has to offer.

Comfortable cost-effective accommodation is offered in the relaxed setting of the University of Queensland St Lucia campus. Single room accommodation at affordable rates during the main Summer vacation period, from December to February and early booking is advisable.

History to the present day

IH Brisbane was the vision of Rotarian Bert Martin who in 1955 started his journey providing accommodation for International and Australian Students. Ten years later, with land deeded in trust by the University of Queensland, he had completed the construction of a few buildings and 50 residents moved in. Today there are 240 post and undergraduate students from 40 nations. There are 7 Houses in Australia - Melbourne, Sydney, Woolongong, New South Wales, Darwin, Townsville and Brisbane, all operating as not for profit organisations.

Food and Drinks

Guests are most welcome to make use of the fully equipped kitchenette located on the 2nd floor of your tower. It is requested that common areas and kitchenettes are kept clean and tidy.

If you need to buy groceries, there is a FoodWorks (supermarkets), Bakery and various Cafés and Restaurants on Hawken Drive, approximately 15 minutes walk from International House.

Grounds and gardens

International House Brisbane is located in a beautiful sub-tropical garden setting, with a variety of species. The flowers, plants and lawned areas are a welcome and relaxing escape from city life.

Other facilities

There is a fully equipped laundry for the use of guests. Each block has a communal kitchen with cooking facilities.

Wi-Fi is available and data quota must be purchased from the main admistration office. 

There are a number of seating areas in the grounds and gardens, where guests can relax and enjoy the surroundings.

Parking is available via the Glass House Road rear entrance.


20th century buildings

Free car parking (on site)

Minimum age 14


Internet access for a charge

Private/enclosed garden

Garden furniture

Self-catering facilities

No luggage storage

Linen included

Towels included

Common room

Iron/ironing board

Clothes dryer

Washing machine

Food and Drinks

Self-catering facilities

Picnic area

Electric oven

Electric hob



Nearby recreations

Beach (a short drive)

Pub (a short drive)

Museums (a short drive)


Golf course (a short drive)

Tennis courts (walking distance)

Tennis courts (a short drive)

Recommended restaurants (a short drive)

Theatre (walking distance)

Theatre (a short drive)

Age restrictions

Children welcome

Minimum age 14

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Travel Info

Address: International House, 5 Rock Street, St Lucia, Brisbane, 4067, Australia

Check-in: office hours, 8.30 to 4.30pm. Check-out: 10.00.

If you should arrive outside of these hours, you simply need to dial 9 on the phone outside the office and the Vacation Manager on duty will come down and meet you with your keys.

On departure please return your key in the envelope provided to the office. If you are departing on the weekend or outside of office hours, please leave your keys in letterbox #1 (located in the car park outside the office).

From Brisbane Airport - Air Train to Brisbane City, Train to Toowong - 412 Bus to Chancellors Place , University of Queensland.

Alternatively - taxi from Airport to University of Queensland in the region of A$40.

Buses heading to the city and local shopping centres depart regularly from Chancellors place in the University (see map above)

The UQ City Cat (ferry) stop is only a 15-minute stroll from IH. City Cats run up and down the river approximately every half hour.