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Student Accommodation in Gold Coast

On Student.com you can find student accommodation options in Gold Coast. Both shared accommodation and private studios are available. You can live near Griffith University Gold Coast and walk to your lectures every morning. No need to use public transport!

Get to know Gold Coast

The Gold Coast is a city located in the state of Queensland, about 65 kilometres (40 miles) from Brisbane. Today it has a population of about 570,000 inhabitants, which makes it the sixth largest city in Australia.

The Gold Coast area used to be the home of many indigenous clans. James Cook was the first European to visit the region when he sailed along the coast in 1770 during his first voyage looking for the Terra Australis Incognita or unknown southern land. The region started to grow significantly in the 1920s when hotels were built in the Surfers Paradise area of the city. The Gold Coast has been a major tourist hub since at least the 1980s and is today known for great surfing, theme parks and nightlife.

Great climate and surfing

Famous for its white sand beaches, superb surf and burgeoning culinary scene, the Gold Coast boasts a buzzing nightlife and is a great location to study, especially for anyone who is passionate about surfing or food.

With unspoilt beaches on one side and lush rainforest on the other, the Gold Coast represents Australia at its most beautiful. Surfing is a way of life when you live here, so grab your board and sign up for lessons with the Surf Academy at Kurrawa Beach, or head out to Snapper Rocks to watch the championship surfers compete in the Quiksilver Pro World Surf League. 

Student life

The Gold Coast area boasts an incredible number of gourmet restaurants and buzzing bars, making it a great study destination for every food lover. Enjoy a lazy weekend brunch overlooking the ocean at the iconic Surfers Paradise Surf Lifesaving Club, stock up on artisan sourdough at The Paddock Bakery, or combine organic health food with a pre-dinner yoga session at Bskt Café. After dark, have a great night out at one of the many bars or nightclubs in Gold Coast. The bar at the SkyPoint Observation Deck boasts incredible 360-degree ocean views.

Shopping is another favourite pastime for Gold Coast locals. Head to the Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre to pick up labels like Hugo Boss and Ralph Lauren at bargain prices, or browse the big name chain stores in the Pacific Fair Shopping Centre. If you prefer to search for unique, one-off pieces, work your way around the boutique stalls of the Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets, where you’ll find a great choice of clothing, jewellery and accessories.

When you need a change of scenery and want to spend some time away from the hustle and bustle of city life, the rainforest hinterland of the Gold Coast offers great possibilities to go out and enjoy the peace and quiet of nature. You can hike for miles along the World Heritage rainforest trails of Springbrook National Park. Remember to keep an eye out for koalas!

Universities in Gold Coast

Three major universities have their campuses in the Gold Coast area. The oldest of these is Griffith University, which was established in 1971. Today it has an enrolment of about 50,000 students across five physical campuses in Queensland and a digital ‘campus’ for online studies. The Gold Coast campus is the largest of these with about 18,000 students. The Griffith University Village is within walking distance from the campus. It has cozy rooms as well as some great amenities like a basketball court and a swimming pool.

Bond University was the first private non-profit university in Australia when it was established in 1989. Today about 4,000 students study there. Almost half (46%) of these students are from outside Australia, so if you’re coming to Bond University from abroad, it should be easy to meet lots of other people who are also new in the country.

Another university that has a campus in the Gold Coast area is the Southern Cross University. Established in 1994, Southern Cross now has three campuses and about 19,000 students, including those who study online. The Gold Coast campus is the largest, with about 5,000 students. The campus is located right next to the Gold Coast airport and is very conveniently located if you enjoy going to the beach after your lectures. The campus is situated only 400 metres from the North Kirra Beach, so getting some sun or going for a swim after a day of school work will be easy.

There are also English language schools in the Gold Coast area. One of these is Shafston College, which offers English language as well as vocational courses.

Frequently asked questions about booking student accommodation in the Gold Coast

If you have some questions on your mind, check out the section below, as your questions might be answered here.

How do I book student accommodation on Student.com?

Booking your new student home on Student.com is very easy. All you need to do is select the type of room you’d like to book in your chosen property and decide when you want to move in and out. Then you can call us or click the ‘Enquire’ button on the page of the property. Our booking consultants will help you make the actual booking. They will also be happy to help if you have any questions about the different room types or anything else you might have on your mind, so don’t hesitate to get in touch.

How do I pay my rent?

You’ll pay the rent directly to the landlord. We’ll give you all the payment details you need after you’ve signed the contract.

Can I see the property before booking?

Yes, this can usually be arranged. So if you’ll be in Gold Coast before your move-in date, just contact us and one of our booking consultants will be happy to arrange a viewing for you.

Do I have to pay a deposit?

Yes, to secure your booking with the property, you will be asked to pay a deposit. Your booking consultant will give you more information about how to pay it.

Can I book accommodation with you if I’m a part-time student?

Unfortunately this is not possible, as most of the properties we list are for full-time students only.

My question was not answered here. Where can I find more information?

If you have any other questions, you can check our FAQ page or contact one of our booking consultants. They are always happy to help!