Living on the Gold Coast

The Gold Coast is a city coming of age. It is a place of opportunity that, over the next decade, will transform into a globally-recognised city while retaining its enviable lifestyle and stunning natural environment. Located on the edge of the Asia-Pacific rim, with access to two international airports, the Gold Coast is perfectly positioned as a destination for study and vocational training, research, careers and employment.

The Gold Coast is home to over half a million people and offers the greatest educational choice of any city of our size.

Education and training contributes more than $1.7 billion to the local economy and with 32,000 international students from more than 130 countries studying here, the Gold Coast is growing in popularity as a study destination both nationally and internationally.

The city has three research-intensive universities, which are among the leaders in their field; a range of technical and training colleges; and some of Australia’s best public and independent schools.

In 2018 the Gold Coast was rated as the #1 regional study destination in Australia and was named in the QS rankings as Australia’s most affordable student city with living and studying costs on average 40% cheaper than Sydney or Melbourne.


Student Accommodation Grant

We invite you to consider Your Next Move - a student accommodation grant for up to 6 weeks on the Gold Coast with either a homestay family or a student accommodation provider.

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Student Accommodation

Many universities, English language schools and TAFE institutions have housing and accommodation services available for full time students.

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Getting Here

Coolangatta Airport (Gold Coast) is located at the southern end of the Gold Coast. It is approximately 40 minutes by car to Surfers Paradise. There are many transport options to get you to and from Coolangatta airport which include taxis, hiring a car, the tram (G:Link) or the SkyBus.

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This year twenty Mayor’s Student Ambassadors have been appointed from ten countries, representing eight Gold Coast institutions in what is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

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Gold Coast Student Hub

The Gold Coast Student Hub is a space designed by students for students and aims to provide a unique networking, collaboration and study space. 

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Student Excellence Awards

The Gold Coast Student Excellence Awards recognise and acknowledge our outstanding students and the positive impact and contributions they have made within the community and our city. 

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Mayor's Technology and Innovation Awards

If you are a Gold Coast high school student with an innovative, technological idea waiting to be discovered, the Mayor’s Technology and Innovation Awards are for you!

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