Student Lifestyle & Housing on the Gold Coast

Whether you’re a Gold Coast local, from regional Australia or you’re an international student, the Gold Coast is one of the best places you can study.

There are a number of world class universities that offer a huge range of courses, superior facilities & internationally recognised degrees. At the same time you have great weather and beaches to enjoy in your down time, as well as plenty of shopping centres, cheap places to eat and a couple of thriving entertainment districts.

If you’re thinking of making the move to the Gold Coast for your studies, find out what make the lifestyle so great for visiting and local students by reading our comprehensive guide below. 

Studying on the Gold Coast

Students on the Gold Coast enjoy a fabulous lifestyle every day, with hot summers and mild winters that are never cold enough to empty the beaches.

The public transport system has an extensive network which includes buses, trains and even a light rail that is currently being installed through the busier sections of the Gold Coast. All full-time tertiary students are eligible for a transport concession which halves the regular fee for all forms of public transport.

While there are several shopping centres & districts ranging from basic essentials to high end fashions & designer wear, students can’t go past Harbour Town. Browse over 50 factory outlet stores that have major brands like Nike, Converse, JAG, Just Jeans and Calvin Klein at very affordable prices.

You’ll find a huge range of places to eat, from quick and easy take away shops to buffets, pub lunches, cafes and restaurants. While cooking for yourself is always the cheapest option, there are still plenty of popular, low price eateries to choose from, and you’ll always be able to get a good, affordable meal at one of the local Surf Lifesaving Clubs.

A popular tourist destination; the Gold Coast always has jobs available for young students, particularly in industries such as tourism, hospitality and retail. Conveniently, the Gold Coast’s busiest times for tourism are the holiday periods, so you should be able to concentrate on your studies during exam times and pick up extra work during the breaks. For a bit of fun you could even get a job at one of the big four theme parks.

Gold Coast Universities

Through two major universities, there is a full range of courses & degrees on offer on the Gold Coast, including medicine, psychology, communication, IT and the arts to name a few. The universities are well connected with the local community and offer a wide-ranging support network to help students with their studies and getting set up in the area.

  • Bond University
  • Griffith University

If the subjects that interest you aren’t at a local university, there are several colleges and TAFE institutes around the Gold Coast where you can study and attain certificates or other qualifications to further your career.

Gold Coast Student Accommodation

With the exception of course fees, accommodation is going to be the most expensive part of studying (text books are likely to come a close third for some students). Where you live can have a big effect on your concentration in class, your ability to get around and your budget.

Make sure you find a place that’s going to be close enough to university, work and public transport, while still giving you the distance you need to take a break once in a while.

On Campus Student Accommodation

While living on campus can get costly, the convenience often makes up for it. You’ll be within walking distance to all of your lectures and tutes, share in the basic housework and often get cafeteria meals as part of your rental fees.

The only Gold Coast Universities that offer on campus accommodation are Bond University and Griffith. These universities also have student services to put you in contact with nearby student accommodation providers and provide assistance when necessary.

Off Campus Student Accommodation

On campus accommodation isn’t for everyone. If you need some distance from your classes, want to be closer to work (or the beach), looking to save money or even if you just want to be able to have a little more freedom, you’ll find there are a number of convenient rentals available.

Nexus Place  Only minutes away from Griffith University and Ashmore TAFE campuses, Nexus Place provides affordable resort style living with 38 three bedroom furnished student apartments. 
Location: 131 Currumburra Rd, Ashmore 

Metro on Central – Metro offers resort style living only 2.5km from Griffith. The building has a 25 metre lap pool, gym, pool tables, table tennis and a communal TV lounge.
Location:  7 Brown St, Labrador

University Square – Purpose built just across the road from Griffith University Hospital, University Square offers students their own private space with the convenience of on campus accommodation.
Location:  280 Olsen Avenue, Parkwood

Varsity Towers  Ideal for students attending Bond University, Varsity Towers is another purpose built student accommodation building 5 minutes away from the university. 
Location: 25 Lake Orr Drive, Robina 

Australian Homestay Network (AHN) – The AHN specialises in homestay accommodation for International Students. A ‘host’ family has a student live in their home with them as a guest (paying a weekly fee) while they study, helping them better understand Australian culture.

While all these are great options, you don’t necessarily have to get something specifically for students. Check out or to find a much larger range of rentals available on the Gold Coast.