There are a variety of accommodation options close to USC's campuses whether you want to live in a student village, share a house or find a place of your own.
Please note: The University of the Sunshine Coast does not provide student accommodation or screen information, nor does it act as an agent in the provision of accommodation information. It is your responsibility to determine whether the housing arrangements are suitable. Any person utilising third party information, such as the student accommodation provider information, is advised to read USC's Disclaimer.
Know your rights and responsibilities - go to the RTA website for more information on renting.
If you would like to rent your own house, apartment, townhouse or flat, or rent a room in a shared house, search on real estate websites or flatmate listings for rental options near your campus.
You may find the following websites useful to search for rental accommodation or a room in a share house. It is your responsibility to determine whether the housing arrangements are suitable:
It is essential for international students to organise either short or long-term accommodation before arriving in Australia so you know you have somewhere to stay when you get here. Searching for the right place could take a couple of weeks, so it is recommended that you book temporary accommodation before arriving.
USC Sunshine Coast
Students have many accommodation options to choose from at USC Sunshine Coast. There are a number of student accommodation complexes within walking distance to the campus.
If you choose to live further afield, travel to USC Sunshine Coast is easy with its transit centre on campus - a large interchange for buses servicing the Sunshine Coast with connections to Queensland Rail.
You’ll find accommodation to suit your needs on the websites listed above.
There are plenty of hostels, backpackers and other short-term accommodation providers available in Brisbane. These may be suitable while you are sourcing long-term accommodation.
Brisbane has a good public transport system, but also over 185 suburbs – make sure you consider a location that has good public transport links to the South Bank precinct.
The Translink journey planner can help you plan how you will get from any potential accommodation to the South Bank education precinct.
USC Fraser Coast
Also check the on-campus notice boards located in A-Building and the Library where members of the public post accommodation notices for students.
Check the on-campus whiteboard located on the ground floor common area for accommodation notices from real estate agents and/or members of the public.
Cooinda intergenerational living student accommodation
This project is an opportunity to participate in a pilot of intergenerational living in a residential aged care facility whilst studying at USC’s Gympie campus or undertaking a placement in Gympie during 2019/2020. This project is the first of its kind in QLD.
Cooinda Aged Care Centre is located next door to USC's Gympie campus and is a non-profit residential aged care centre.
The accommodation is located in a separate wing of the centre and provides each student with 1 bedroom with an adjoining study/lounge room, en suite bathroom, internet, and WIFI. A common lounge area and shared kitchenette are also available for students’ use.
Semester stay: Students studying at USC’s Gympie campus can pay $100 a week for accommodation at Cooinda Aged Care Centre for a semester in return for 30 hours of volunteering a month.
Placement accommodation: USC students undertaking a minimum four week block placement in Gympie can pay $150 a week for accommodation.
For more information visit the Cooinda student accommodation page.
USC Moreton Bay
USC Moreton Bay campus is opening in February 2020 and is located right next to the Petrie train station including services from Brisbane City and Caboolture.
If you need help planning how you will get to USC Moreton Bay (and where you might live) – the Translink journey planner is a useful tool.
Once you decide where it suits you best to live, you’ll be able to search accommodation options on the websites listed above.
Homestay is 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.
The Welfare and Advocacy Officer at the Student Guild can assist you to understand your rights and responsibilities under the Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act (2008). They can also provide information, resources, advice and referral in areas such as:
- Residential Tenancies Authority (RTA) legislation – the 'RTA' is the state government statutory body for Queensland's residential rental sector
- Dispute resolution
- Referral to free legal services
- Referral to Emergency and/or crisis accommodation only
To book an appointment with the Welfare and Advocacy Officer email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 5456 3742.
Brisbane Community Welfare Centre (Community Friends - West End)
Tel: 0418 754 900
Caboolture Community Care
Tel: (07) 5495 6400
Caloundra Community Centre
Tel: 07 5491 4000
Gympie Community Place
Tel: (07) 5482 1147
Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre
Tel: 07 4194 3000
Maroochy Neighbourhood Centre
Tel: (07) 5443 6696
Nambour Community Centre
Tel: 07 5441 4724
The links below cover some of the main questions and concerns students encounter in rental accommodation settings:
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 has all the forms you will need when renting in Queensland as well as helpful information and resources.
To download tenancy forms or for more information call 1300 366 311 or visit the RTA website.
Tenants Queensland is a specialist state wide community legal service for tenancy law matters and provides free tenancy law advice service for residential tenants.
9am–1230pm Monday, Wednesday and Thursday; 330–7pm Tuesday and Wednesday evenings 1300 744 263.
The National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS) aims to reduce rental costs for low to medium income households and increase the number of more affordable rental houses. The scheme provides eligible individuals and families NRAS dwellings at a discounted rate whilst offering investors a tax-free investment option that increases the supply of affordable housing in Australia by up to 50,000 dwellings.
Coast2Bay Housing Group are the approved NRAS Tenancy Managers on the Sunshine Coast. They have a number of NRAS properties coming up in the near future in Bli Bli, Nambour, Woombye, Beerwah, Landsborough, Maroochydore, Sippy Downs, Peregian Springs and Taigum. Properties in Gympie are available now.
NRAS homes are 1, 2 and 3 bedroom units or houses (depending on availability) under the NRAS property. You must have an NRAS Registration Number before applying for a property. NRAS property applications are only applicable to Australian Citizens.
Please visit the Department of Housing and Public Works. For more information ring NRAS. Tel: 61 7 5451 2900.
Queensland Government Homes and Housing provide timely housing assistance that is responsive to people with a very high, high or urgent need for housing who meet the eligibility criteria. This service can help connect and improve the pathways between the homelessness and social housing sectors. The service encompasses crisis accommodation advice, bond loans, and rental grants alongside information about transitional housing arrangements, facilitated by the Community Rent Scheme, which enables intensively managed and closely monitored housing assistance based on assessed need.
- Emergency and temporary accommodation
- Loans for rental bond
- Community Rent Scheme
- Lions inPlace Inc - Sunshine Coast Emergency Accommodation and Support
- IFYS Youth Shelter
The Housing Assist Qld app is also available on Apple, Android and Windows platforms as a free download to apply for and check the status of your bond loans and grants:
New students to the region
The following websites can also assist domestic and international students new to the region: