1. Ride everywhere
A huge benefit of living in the middle of the city and therefore the middle of everything is your ability to get around by bike. Student One has free bikes that its residents can borrow to get around the city, or you can sign up to use Brisbane City Council’s CityCycle program for just $3 per month for students. Whatever method you choose, don’t forget to BYO helmet or risk coping a hefty fine.
We’ve compiled a list of the best bike loops around Brisbane City to check out here.
2. Go dancing
Put your best foot forward and get ready to sweat at a dance session in Brisbane City. Here’s a few of our favourites.
Latin Dancing at Brisbane Square
This Latin Dancing Club meets every Friday from 7pm. The night begins with an informal (and free) dance class to get you familiar with the basic moves, then you’re on your own to dance and mingle with others. It’s a great opportunity to meet like-minded folk, and heading out for casual drinks after is the norm.
Sunday Salsa Seduction at Jade Buddha
You’ll be able to Sunday Salsa at Jade Buddha every Sunday from 7pm. This one also begins with a free beginners salsa class, followed by a salsa dance party that pulls crowds until midnight. Bring a partner or find one there.
Dance classes at Mad Dance House
Mad Dance House is Australia’s largest adult dance studio and is conveniently located on Adelaide Street, an easy walk from any Student One location. It has classes on all week, meaning you can choose a class that fits in with your schedule. From beginners up to advanced classes and a huge range of styles you’ll find something that suits your needs and interests. The sessions run for an hour each and its casual class pass will help with any commitment issues.
3. Swim every day
Just keep swimming. Jumping into the pool each day is a great way to wake yourself up, get some exercise and feel refreshed. Student One residents can use the pool at Wharf Street, otherwise the Spring Hill Baths, Valley Pool or YMCA facilities at QUT are open to the public for a fee.
4. Hit the gym
There’s a reason they’re so popular. Working a gym routine into your daily activities will have you feeling fit in no time. Student One has great gyms on site, free to use for all of its residences. Alternatively, there are plenty of gyms in Brisbane CBD.
When you’re working out remember to mix up your exercises to avoid getting bored. Try this beginners workout as a starting point, results may vary if you also check out our guide to Brisbane’s best desserts.
5. Join a yoga class
Yoga is not only good for you body but will also help your mind. While yoga conjures up images of seated meditation and for most – outright boredom – you’ll be surprised just how challenging a class on a mat can be. There’s heaps of options for yoga in the CBD. Check out Shri Yoga in Burnett Lane, Stretch Yoga on Margaret Street or Atma Yoga on Albert Street. Lorna Jane in Gasworks also hosts free exercise and yoga classes in its Active Living Rooms.
6. Try rock climbing and bouldering
If hitting the gym is a little too mainstream for you, rock climbing might be more your style. Start your practice indoors by checking out Urban Climb West End or Rocksports Indoor Climbing Fortitude Valley. For the more adventurous, Riverlife facilitate outdoor rock climbing at the Kangaroo Point Cliffs, added bonus, they have student rates.
7. Run the stairs at Kangaroo Point
Really want to turn up the heat? We have the perfect challenge for you. At the eastern end of the Kangaroo Point Cliffs you’ll find 107 steps that will take you to the picnic area at the top of the cliffs. The steep steps wrap around the cliff face and draw crowds chasing a cardio hit every day of the week. Trust us, the view at the top will be worth it.