Accommodation

USC students have access to a range of affordable accommodation options, including:

It is essential for international students to organise either short or long-term accommodation before arriving on the Sunshine Coast. Give yourself the best possible chance for a good start to your studies knowing you have somewhere to stay when you get to USC.

Student accommodation *

Three privately-owned, fully-furnished student accommodation complexes are conveniently located next to USC. Varsity Apartments, UniCentral and The Village (mixed-style accommodation) are linked by pathways to the campus, which is an easy three-minute walk away. The apartments are a 10-minute drive or 20-minute bus ride to the beach. Public transport and the local shopping centre are also within walking distance.

You can book direct with all three providers via their websites.

Varsity Apartments

The complex has:

  • a freeform resort swimming pool with spa and lap pool
  • a tennis court/basketball court
  • a gym
  • a beach volleyball court
  • four barbecue areas
  • coin operated laundry and linen hire
  • coin operated drink machines
  • on-site managers and night security

Apartments have:

  • a self contained kitchen
  • furnishings
  • a shared living room with television
  • four private single bedrooms

Bedrooms have:

  • a private bathroom and toilet
  • an internet connection facility
  • a telephone
  • a desk and chair
  • a double bed

Information about Varsity Apartments bookings and prices can be found on the Varsity Apartments website.

UniCentral

The complex has:

  • a six-lane, 25-metre lap pool
  • a floodlit tennis court / basketball court
  • an outdoor recreational area and barbecues
  • a recreational pavilion with pool tables, table tennis, cable TV, DVD and stereo, and other common room facilities
  • secure gated complex with on-site managers and night security

Apartments have:

  • a self contained kitchen and laundry
  • furnishings
  • a shared living room
  • four private single bedrooms (mostly)

Bedrooms have:

  • a private bathroom and toilet
  • an internet connection facility
  • a free intranet to the University
  • a telephone
  • a desk and chair
  • a double bed
  • a free intercom system

Information about UniCentral bookings and prices can be found on the UniCentral website.

The Village

The Village offers mixed style accommodation for both students and non-students (in limited circumstances).

The complex has:

  • three pools including a four lane 25 metre lap pool
  • a floodlit tennis court/ basketball court
  • outdoor recreational areas and barbecues
  • secure gated complex with on-site managers and night security
  • a mix of students and general public

Apartments have:

  • a kitchen and laundry
  • furnishings
  • a shared living room
  • two and three bedroom shared villas, some with private garages attached

Bedrooms have:

  • an internet connection facility
  • a telephone
  • a desk and chair
  • a double bed, some with private bathroom
  • a free intercom system

Information about The Village's bookings and prices can be found at The Village's website

Homestay

(Recommended for English Language Program students)

Living with an Australian family gives you the opportunity to experience the Australian culture and speak English on a daily basis.

Standards-based Homestay is an option for all students and may be particularly appealing to those students coming to Australia for the first time. 

The University of the Sunshine Coast has teamed up with the Australian Homestay Network (AHN) to give international students the opportunity to be hosted by a specially trained AHN homestay host for their introduction to accommodation and living in Australia.

Please refer to the Homestay website for full details including costs and the application process.

Other accommodation — Off campus accommodation register

Due to USC's close proximity to a number of towns, conveniently located off-campus accommodation can be found through USC's 'Off campus accommodation register'. You can find share accommodation or rent a unit or house with friends.

Visit the USC Student Guild at the UniClub or contact the USC Student Guild to access the latest Off-Campus Accommodation Register.

Accommodation and amenities guide — for students and visitors to USC

It is essential for international students to organise either short or long-term accommodation before arriving on the Sunshine Coast so you know you have somewhere to stay when you get here. Use this guide to help choose and book your accommodation. There are many other accommodation options available on the Sunshine Coast but this will give you some options to start with and offer some context on which to base your own broader search.

Searching for the right place could take a couple of weeks, so it is recommended that you book temporary accommodation before arriving.

The Accommodation and amenities guide (PDF 1.3MB) provides details of short-term and long-term accommodation options within a 20km radius of the USC Sippy Downs campus. The options suit a range of budgets and styles and include:

  • Student residences / accommodation
  • Hotels, motels and apartments
  • Backpackers/hostels
  • Caravan / cabin parks
  • Bed and Breakfast
  • Homestay
  • USC Student Guild off campus accommodation register
  • Accommodation reservation services online
  • House / unit rentals — Real estate agents
  • House / unit rentals and share accommodation — online

The guide also gives you details of local amenities such as shopping centres and specialty supermarkets, medical services, post offices, petrol stations, pharmacies, restaurants, travel agents and more.

Residential Tenancies Authority (RTA)

The Residential Tenancies Authority (RTA) looks after the laws for renting a place to live in Queensland (Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act 2008).

The law gives tenants, landlords and agents an understanding of their rights and responsibilities when renting.

The RTA can help you learn your rights and responsibilities as a tenant.

Get advice on:

  • what to do when you're starting a tenancy
  • your rights and legal responsibilities as a tenant
  • how to get your bond back
  • what to do if you have a problem when renting

To download tenancy forms or for more information call 1300 366 311 or visit the RTA website.

Please note that Residential Tenancy Authority services do not apply to students living in Homestay.

More information

For more information contact USC International Student Services.

* All student accommodation is managed independently of the University. Any person utilising third party information, such as the student accommodation provider information, is advised to read USC's Disclaimer.

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