Not only is the Gold Coast a tourist hotspot, it is also a popular study destination for students

Blessed with year-round sunshine, renowned beaches and a vibrant mix of shopping, theme parks, natural attractions and events, it is no wonder the Gold Coast attracts more than 12 million visitors each year. The stunning climate, excellent quality of life and friendly people make the Gold Coast a perfect Australian city to live and study. Our students spend countless evenings and free weekends exploring the local community, while discovering the Gold Coast’s natural beauty.

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Average temperature:

15 °C – 25 °C

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Population: More than 500,000 people

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300 days of sunshine a year

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Host of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games

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100,000 hectares of World Heritage-listed rainforests

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International population: 28% of residents were born overseas


With more than 18,000 students, our Gold Coast campus is located just minutes from some of our world-famous beaches. The Gold Coast campus is approximately a one-hour drive from Brisbane (78 km)—where our Nathan, Mt Gravatt and South Bank campuses are located and approximately one-hour from our Logan campus.


We have a range of on-campus accommodation options, from dormitory-style rooms to furnished apartments. We can also help you with off-campus options, including homestay.



Getting around the Gold Coast is easy thanks to the city’s extensive range of reliable transport links and travel options, including the Gold Coast tram, G:link.

Travelling to Gold Coast campus


The Gold Coast has a wide variety of shopping, dining and entertainment options available across the city where you can access banks, grocery stores and other lifestyle amenities. Our Gold Coast campus is within proximity of these lifestyle precincts, while most of your day-to-day needs are catered for by our on-campus services.

Places of worship

The Gold Coast is a modern, multicultural city which is home to a number of churches, mosques and temples. Learn more about places of worship on the Gold Coast.

Places of worship


The Gold Coast serves international cuisine from across the globe, including Ethiopian, Venezuelan, Chinese, Polish, Thai, Singaporean, Malaysian, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese, North American, Mexican, Indian, Italian and German.

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