Life on the Gold Coast as a Student

All you need to know about the Gold Coast - Australia's city for fun!

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Australia's iconic resort city, this once quaint sea-lined stretch of beach is now home to over half a million people, and growing too! Descended on by school-leavers come mid to late December for a week or two of hedonistic shenanigans, and inundated with retirees looking to live out their days in the warm, beautiful sunny days, The Gold Coast holds a special place in the hearts and minds of many Australians. Coming to The Gold Coast to study? Study Gold Coast is a great place to start.

We've put together below some key things you need to know about the city in general and life on The Gold Coast as a student. 

Where the Students Live


Just another Australian suburb to many locals, however any urban or town planning student will be able to appreciate Robina for being a great example of a master planned community. Designed by renowned architect, Moshe Safdie, the same man behind Habitat 67 in Montreal, Robina is a genuine success story. With Bond University calling Robina home, students should absolutely consider Robina when looking for a place to call home on the Gold Coast.


Home to most of the Gold Coast's business activities, also calling Southport home is Griffith University and its Gold Coast campus' 18,000 students. In touching distance of all of the nightlife Surfers Paradise brings just down the Gold Coast Highway, Southport offers an enviable lifestyle for students. 


The Sights of the Gold Coast

Surfers Paradise (Surfers Paradise)

The heart and soul of the Gold Coast, this world-renowned beach is quite literally a paradise for surfers. Even if you're not up for a surf, the beach is ideal for a quick fix of sunshine or a morning walk or run to get you ready for the day ahead. Prefer to soak up the beach atmosphere without actually going for a swim? Swing by the iconic Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets from 4pm - 9pm on a Wednesday, Friday or Sunday to try your luck at scoring a bargain!


Oxenford might not initially strike a bell, however what if we told you it was home to Wet'n'Wild Gold Coast, Warner Bros. Movie World, WhiteWater World, and Dreamworld? The Gold Coast is world-famous for these theme parks and we couldn't talk more highly of them! Don't pay full price too with up to 15% off ticket prices!

Surfers Paradise

Rising 230m high along the legendary Surfers Paradise beach, Australia's only beach-side observation deck offers visitors unrivaled views on a good day all the way to neigbouring Brisbane, 80km away! The Q1 is legendary in Australia and the views are nothing short of spectacular. Save on your admission with 25% off the general admission price for yourself and up to three others.


Things that bring Gold Coast residents together

Universities on the Gold Coast

Bond University

Robina | More information 

Griffith University

Southport | More information

Southern Cross University

Gold Coast Airport | More information


Fun Facts

Famous for: Surfers Paradise and Schoolies

Heat-wise: The Gold Coast reached a warmish 40.5°c | 22 February, 2005

Keeping it cool: The Gold Coast breezed through -0.6°c | 18 June, 2018

Someone who lives on the Gold Coast is a: 'Queenslander'


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