Study Toowoomba Hosts Purpose Built Student Accommodation Forum Showcasing Toowoomba as a Premier Education Hub



A leading organisation dedicated to promoting education and training in the region

Study Toowoomba hosted a highly impactful Purpose-Built Student Accommodation Forum on Friday 28 July. The event, held at The Pavilion, Toowoomba Grammar School, brought together stakeholders from various educational institutions, key stakeholders, and representation from Study Queensland to explore the pressing need for purpose-built student accommodation in Toowoomba. Additionally, the forum highlighted six compelling reasons why Toowoomba is becoming the preferred destination for students seeking world-class education.

Cr Nancy Sommerfield, Chair of Study Toowoomba, warmly welcomed attendees, expressing her enthusiasm for the initiative and the positive impact it will have on the education sector in the region. The forum was moderated by Wendy Agar from Engaged Outcomes, who provided an insightful overview of the day’s objectives and expected outcomes.

Sarina Hobbin, Acting Director of Study Queensland, presented a comprehensive overview of the international education and training student market. Her presentation shed light on the growing significance of the sector both locally and on the international stage, showcasing Toowoomba as a thriving education hub.

Forum attendees engaged in thought-provoking discussions on various topics related to student accommodation. Key highlights included insights into the local government’s role in supporting purpose-built accommodation initiatives, a successful case study from MiHaven Cairns Developments, and an overview of the Australian Purpose-Built Student Accommodation Market. Local perspectives were shared by the University of Southern Queensland and TAFE, emphasising the importance of purpose-built accommodation in enhancing the student experience.

The forum also addressed accommodation supply and demand in Toowoomba. Guests participated in table discussions, providing valuable input for a SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) to further develop Toowoomba’s International Education & Training (IET) profile.

According to the Department of Education, in 2022, Toowoomba recorded a total of 1,728 international student enrolments, with 89% of these enrolments in higher education. This represents 1.6% of Queensland’s total enrolments, which reached 107,563 during the same period. The Health field emerged as the leading area of study among international students in Toowoomba. The IET sector contributed an impressive $113 million to the Toowoomba economy in 2021, supporting 572 full-time equivalents (FTE) in the region. Toowoomba currently hosts 13 CRICOS registered providers, further cementing its reputation as an attractive destination for quality education.


The Purpose-Built Student Accommodation Forum:

Provided an ideal platform for stakeholders to collaborate, share ideas, and explore opportunities to enhance Toowoomba’s education and training sector further. By addressing the accommodation needs of students, the city continues to solidify its position as a premier destination for domestic and international learners.


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About Study Toowoomba:

Study Toowoomba is a leading organisation committed to promoting and enhancing the educational and training opportunities available in the Toowoomba region. Working closely with educational institutions, government bodies, and other stakeholders, Study Toowoomba strives to make the region a preferred destination for domestic and international students alike.