About the Gold Coast

The Gold Coast is Australia’s holiday playground with kilometres of spectacular beaches, clean ocean waters, hinterland ranges and forests, networks of waterways and vibrant communities. It is Australia’s 6th largest city (by population) and is only 100km south of Queensland’s capital, Brisbane. The Gold Coast has its own international airport, world class sporting arenas and the most exciting night life in Australia.

Weather

The Gold Coast has over 300 sunny days per year, so the weather on the Gold Coast is known for its perfection. Temperatures range between 20-30ºC (68-86ºF) in summer and 9-20ºC (48-68ºF) in winter.

Transport

Public transport on the Gold Coast consists of trains, a light rail network and an extensive bus network. You can learn more about the transport network at the Translink site. One of the key features on the transport system is the ‘Go Card’ which is a plastic card on which you can ‘load’ credit. You can catch buses, trains and even ferries on the Brisbane River using one card. Student concession cards and train and bus timetables can be checked via http://translink.com.au/.

On the Gold Coast it is excellent to use a bicycle as most of landscape is flat and bike friendly. To buy a used bicycle check:  Particularly as you get closer to the beach areas because they are so flat, a bicycle is also a great way to get around the coast.

Accommodation

Accommodation on the Gold Coast varies considerably and you will usually pay more the closer you get to living near the beach. There is a wide variety of units, houses and homestay accommodation available. It is probably a good idea to take the homestay option for the first month or two of your study which gives you plenty of time to look around at different houses and units. Talk to out Student Support staff regarding homestay.

Some basics about Homestay. Homestay is a cultural exchange between a local individual or family (called a Host) and a visiting International student. The student lives as a guest in the home.

Living with a family (homestay) during your studies is a great way to learn about a new community and culture.

Homestays are still a great way to get to know your new community and culture, and to improve your English.

Full Board

  • Your own bedroom (with bed, desk, lamp and wardrobe)
  • Three meals a day (self-serve breakfast and lunch, plus a cooked dinner)
  • Electricity, gas and water bills
  • Involvement in family activities
  • Use of kitchen and laundry
  • Cost is around $250 – $270 a week. Phone, transport and internet use will normally cost extra

Part Board

  • Your own bedroom (with bed, desk, lamp and wardrobe)
  • Electricity, gas and water bills
  • Two meals a day (self-serve breakfast plus a cooked dinner)
  • Use of kitchen and laundry
  • Involvement in family activities
  • Cost is around $200 – $250 a week. Phone, transport and internet use will normally cost extra

 

You can look at rental properties through several different websites:

http://www.realestate.com.au/rent/in-gold+coast/list-1

http://www.domain.com.au/search/rent/state/qld/area/gold-coast/region/south-east/

http://www.reiq.com/renting/rental-properties-gold-coast

The cost of living depends a great deal on what your living arrangements are. If you share rent with other people, obviously, your weekly expenses will be less.

The Australian Government have a table which outlines the typical cost of living.

Expenses Per Person Amount required in AUD
Travel Applicant Return air fare to Australia
Family members One return air fare to Australia per person
Tuition Applicant Course fees
School-age
children aged 5-18
AUD8000 per year
Living Applicant AUD18 610 per year
Partner AUD6515 per year
First child AUD3720 per year
Each other child AUD2790 per year