YOUR NEXT MOVE - STUDENT ACCOMMODATION GRANT

Students from across Australia and all over the world choose to study on the Gold Coast. One of the reasons they do so is because we are a diverse, multicultural city that warmly welcomes everyone. We are Australia’s favourite classroom and for our students this city is their second home.

In recent times having the support of an extended family has become more important than ever and as such we want to help you in every way that we can. That’s why we have introduced Your Next Move, a student accommodation grant that makes it as easy as possible for new students to relocate to the Gold Coast.

UP TO 10 WEEKS ACCOMMODATION ON THE GOLD COAST

The Gold Coast is a warm, welcoming student city that offers quality education, three year post-study work rights and a desirable lifestyle.

We invite you to consider Your Next Move with up to 10 weeks accommodation on the Gold Coast with either a homestay family or a student accommodation provider. Homestay students will also receive meals as part of this offer and all recipients will receive a “Village Roadshow One Pass”, which grants entry for one person for 12 months to Movie World, Sea World, Wet'n’Wild and Paradise Country.

 

Terms and Conditions:

  • Successful applicants will receive up to 10 weeks accommodation with either a homestay family or a student accommodation provider. Students who are invited to stay with a homestay family will also receive meals.
  • Recipients can be any age and must not currently be a Gold Coast student.
  • Students must undertake a minimum 25 week course with a Gold Coast education and training institution including Higher Education, VET, ELICOS and schools (packaged offers with multiple providers are included).
  • Student Accommodation Grant applications must be submitted before the commencement of study.
  • Your Next Move is a Gold Coast student accommodation grant valued at $3,580 per student. Limited places are available. Subject to eligibility criteria.
  • View full terms and conditions here.

Learn more about living and studying on the Gold Coast

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Community

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Community

Whether you're going out for dinner in Chinatown or enjoying a picnic by the beach, you will notice you're always welcome and part of the community.

The Gold Coast community is made up of many different cultures, age groups and types of people. Many groups exist across the city based on people's common interests. These form smaller communities that others can support or become part of.

Joining sports clubs, signing up for arts and crafts classes, or learning a new skill are just some of the ways you can become more involved in the many communities that make up the Gold Coast.

Don't be scared to reach out to new people or try something you wouldn't usually do at home. The Gold Coast is a place in which you can always feel relaxed.

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THEME PARKS AND WILDLIFE SANCTUARIES

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THEME PARKS AND WILDLIFE SANCTUARIES

Giant rollercoasters and exciting shows can be found at the Gold Coast's theme parks; Warner Bros, Movie World, Sea World, Wet'n'Wild and Dreamworld. Yearly passes and multi-park passes can make visiting these parks cheap and easy, too.

True animal lovers could also choose to visit Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary for an up-close look at Australia's unique wildlife. You might find yourself covered in Rainbow Lorikeets, patting a Kangaroo, or being hugged by a friendly Koala.

Be sure to leave a full day free for each of these fun-filled attractions, wear plenty of sunblock, and pack your fully charged camera!

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NATURE

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NATURE

Although the Gold Coast is famous for its beaches, there are many other places to enjoy nature beyond the waves and sand.

Mountains on the Gold Coast offer great walking tracks, with waterfalls and fresh-water swimming holes found in Currumbin Valley. Springbrook National Park is another wonderful place to explore, with many birds and animals as well as beautiful views of the southern Gold Coast.

Other bio-diverse areas can be found on the Northern Gold Coast's islands of North and South Stradbroke, which you can catch a ferry to access and enjoy a sunny day, a BBQ with friends, and maybe even spot some local wildlife like wallabies and lizards.

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SHOPPING

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SHOPPING

The Gold Coast offers many great shopping opportunities for all types of shoppers and budgets.

Robina Town Centre and Pacific Fair are two of the Gold Coast's biggest shopping centres, offering great places to eat and shop, as well as modern movie cinemas and entertainment options.

Harbour Town is another great shopping complex as most of its shops are outlets making it ideal for students that love shopping but are concerned about their budget.

Beyond the big centres, you will find many streets on the Gold Coast offering small boutique shops. Surf Parade in Broadbeach, James Street in Burleigh, and Thomas Drive on Chevron Island are just a few you may enjoy.

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BEACHES AND OCEAN

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BEACHES AND OCEAN

 With perfect coastlines and a mild climate year round, the Gold Coast is an ideal place to enjoy the beach and ocean life. Grabbing an umbrella, lying on the beach and swimming is only the beginning. The list of ways to enjoy the ocean and the beach on the Gold Coast is endless.

You may find yourself snorkeling in Currumbin Creek, hiring a jet ski and riding around the Broadwater, taking a stand up paddle boarding lesson, or testing out your surfing skills.

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EATING OUT

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EATING OUT

Even if you find yourself on a strict student budget, the Gold Coast will offer a buffet of wonderful food options to enjoy. Along the coastline, you will find a budding cafe scene with great food and coffee and a friendly laid-back atmosphere.

If you want to spoil yourself, many fancy restaurants can be found on the Gold Coast, too. Marina Mirage and Broadbeach are two great places to experience fine dining, with much of the Gold Coast’s fresh seafood dished up in glorious gourmet meals.

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EVENTS

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EVENTS

A large number of festivals, cultural events, shows, attractions and sports tournaments occur year round on the Gold Coast. Some of these major events include The Gold Coast Film Festival, the Quiksilver Pro surfing competition, free outdoor movie screenings, art exhibitions and comedy shows at the Gold Coast Arts Centre are just some of the events and festivities you may wish to attend whilst on the Gold Coast.

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NEIGHBORHOOD IN FOCUS — BURLEIGH

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NEIGHBORHOOD IN FOCUS — BURLEIGH

Surfers Paradise might be the Gold Coast’s city hub, but Burleigh Heads is its heart. A welcoming community feeling is found here, right next to the beach and headland that have some of the best views in the region.

It’s impossible not to be relaxed here! Despite feeling like a relaxed beach town during the day, Burleigh Heads doesn’t go to sleep early at night, with Bars and restaurants offering great food and entertainment.

On the weekends, Burleigh Heads is filled with energy. Take a coastal bush walk to Currumbin Creek, enjoy the weekend markets that take place here, or simply ride a bicycle around the streets enjoying another day in paradise.

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The Gold Coast Student Hub

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The Gold Coast Student Hub

The Gold Coast Student Hub is a space designed by students for students to provide a unique networking, collaboration and study space. We provide free information and practical support for all domestic and international students on the Gold Coast to help enhance your study experience. 

Through this challenging time it's more important than ever that we can support you in every way we can, which is why you will still receive one on one counselling sessions for personal well-being,  job support or any issue where you need help.

Make sure you stay in touch and check out the new Virtual Gold Coast Student Hub where it's always #GoodVibesOnly.