The Gold Coast hosts over 25,000 international students from more than 130 different countries. In 2016, it was voted the world’s most popular beach-side student city. Out of all Australia’s non-capital cities, it is the Gold Coast that provides the widest education choices.
The Gold Coast’s lifestyle virtues are obvious bonuses. Imagine studying with a view of the ocean or spending your weekends enjoying meals out at beach-side cafes. Go for a bushwalk in a national park, learn to surf, take the train to Brisbane for the day or spend a few hours browsing at the local markets.
When choosing where to live, study or holiday, you really must consider the Gold Coast as it has so much to offer.
Australia’s first private not-for-profit University, Bond University is located at Robina, less than 10 kilometres from Surfers Paradise. It opened in 1989 and operates to a three-semester-per-year timetable which means students can complete their undergraduate degree in just two years. Four faculties are offered:
Since 2001, BU has offered an online MBA course.
On-campus accommodation – shared and private – is available at Bond and assistance is also provided for students looking to live off-campus.
Bond University’s rankings are quite impressive. For 12 consecutive years, it has been awarded more 5-star ratings for student experience than any other University in Australia. Over 90 percent of students gave their Bond Uni educational experience a positive rating which is significantly higher than the national average of 80 percent. Internationally, Bond is recognised as on of the top 20 prestigious Universities, in the Times Higher Education Rankings of the Best Small Universities in the World.
Sports are in focus at Bond Uni with an Elite Sport Program that allows athletes flexible study loads and requirements. The program is offered to athletes who compete at state level in their chosen sport (Tier Two) and those who compete at national and international level (Tier One). A number of sports scholarships are offered each year.
Sporting facilities include a gym, 50-metre heated Olympic swimming pool, beach volleyball courts, squash and tennis courts, a sports hall, spa, boxing circuit training room, golf and cricket practice nets and rugby and AFL fields.
Griffith University’s tagline is ‘be remarkable’. The Uni strives for remarkable across all areas of education and research. The Gold Coast campus is located on native bushland at Southport and is where more than 18,200 students go to study each day. Griffith Uni ranks in the top 50 Universities under 50 years and has been rated five stars for educational experience. Its research is rated at world-standard or above in over 50 disciplines.
The Uni’s facilities are top-notch, such as the Griffith Health Centre, a $150 million hands-on learning facility equipped with the latest health and medical technologies. The $38 million Business building boasts a simulated trading room as well as specialised teaching spaces for financial planning, banking and finance students. There are state-of-the-art computer labs, a Microsoft Tech Lounge and the Institute of Glycomics which aims to fight diseases of global impact.
On the campus, you’ll also find a bookshop, Post Office, computer store, travel agent and Uni Store plus nine different food and beverage outlets including Guzman Y Gomez, cafes and a burger store. As for sports, there is a gym, an Aquatic Centre and an impressive athletics track which was an official athlete training venue for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
Just 400 metres from North Kirra Beach, Southern Cross University’s Gold Coast campus is where you want to be if you’re dreaming of Pacific Ocean views and sea breezes. It’s also the only Australian University campus that’s located at an airport.
Six fields of study are offered at Southern Cross University: arts and social sciences; education; environment, science and engineering; health and human sciences; business and tourism; law and justice.
SCU ranks among the top 100 best Universities in the Asia-Pacific region and is rated as being ‘at world-standard or above’ in 24 research areas. Furthermore, it has been ranked number one in Australia for international student support for three consecutive years. Enrolled international students are required to attend Orientation Week, the week before classes commence. This is when you will enrol in units and register for your classes and learn about student visa rules. It’s also a wonderful opportunity to meet other students, get to know the academics and find out all about the different activities you can join in at SCU.
Southern Cross University runs regular sporting events where each SCU campus competes against the others. So, if you’re a player of soccer, netball, rugby union, tennis, beach volleyball or touch football, you will love this chance to compete.
Anyone who enjoys beaches will adore studying on the Gold Coast because you’re never far from some of the world’s most glorious – and famous – beaches. Seventy kilometres of them, in fact! The days are mostly sunny, the lifestyle is casual, and the locals are friendly. In addition, the Universities on the Gold Coast have excellent facilities, outstanding educators and lively, inclusive cultures.
As the sixth largest city in Australia, the Gold Coast has so much to offer! It only has a small population of around half a million people but there are lots of facilities, tourist attractions, natural attractions, markets, shopping centres and entertainment.
Public transport is efficient and reliable on the Gold Coast so students needn’t worry about being able to get around. There are buses and light rail at the Gold Coast itself and a major train line connecting the city with Brisbane. Student concession tickets are available which makes public transport a bit cheaper.