Many universities, English language schools and TAFE institutions have housing and accommodation services available for full time students, often with a special officer to help you find accommodation or provide information. They may be able to assist you with both long-term and temporary accommodation.
When you first arrive, it may be a good idea to spend a month at either a homestay, in student accommodation or even at a hostel. This gives you time to settle in and look for permanent accommodation that is right for you. You will be able to visit different areas of the Gold Coast and use the public transport system before making your final decision.
Types of Accommodation available on the Gold Coast
On campus accommodation means living at the institution where you have chosen to study. Living on campus provides a safe and convenient learning environment and also makes it very easy to become totally immersed in university life.
Two of the Gold Coast's universities offer on campus accommodation:
Share accommodation is a popular option for students as it can sometimes offer more flexibility and less responsibility than renting. Information about share accommodation can be found either on campus or online.
Below are some popular websites in which you can search for share accommodation options on the Gold Coast:
Renting a property is when you enter into an agreement with a ‘Landlord’ to reside in a property — usually a house or an apartment. You can either live in the property alone or share with other flatmates (perhaps other students).
There are several websites you can look at for choosing a rental property including:
You will need to check with the Residential Tenancies Authority regarding your rights and responsibilities as tenants.
A homestay is a cultural exchange between a local individual or family (called a host) and a visiting international student, where the student lives as a guest in the home. Living with a homestay family during your studies is a great way to learn about your new community and culture.
Short-Term Accommodation / Backpackers
The Gold Coast has many hostels and hotels that offer cheap, short-term accommodation. We recommend planning in advance to ensure you receive the best possible place at the best price.
The following websites let you compare hostels by price and location: