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Self-catering casual accommodation in Gold Coast's university residences

Not just for students!

  • High quality cheap accommodation in Gold Coast, Australia
  • Close to Gold Coast city centre and the internationally renowned beaches and theme parks of Surfer’s Paradise
  • A cost-effective and comfortable alternative to staying in a hostel or a cheap hotel
  • Modern bright rooms with self catering facilities


Gold Coast Visitor information

Gold Coast is a coastal city located in the South East of the state of Queensland, Australia. The city is 94 km south of the state capital Brisbane. With a population of approximately 600,000 in 2011, it is the second most populous city in the state, the sixth most populous city in the country, and also the most populous non-capital city in Australia. The Gold Coast region grew significantly after the establishment of the Surfers Paradise hotel in the late 1920s and the area boomed in the 1980s as a leading tourist destination, with its sunny subtropical climate, surfing beaches, canal and waterway systems, its high-rise dominated skyline, theme parks, nightlife, and rainforest hinterland, making tourism one of its most significant industries.

The city consists of 57 km (35 mi) of coastline, with some of the most popular surf breaks in Australia and the world including, South Stradbroke Island, The Spit, Main Beach, Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach, Mermaid Beach, Nobby Beach, Miami, Burleigh Beach, Burleigh Heads, Tallebudgera Beach, Palm Beach, Currumbin Beach, Snapper Rocks and Froggies Beach. Duranbah Beach is one of the world's best-known surfing beaches and is often thought of as being part of Gold Coast City, but is actually just across the New South Wales state border in Tweed Shire. Its official name is Flagstaff Beach - Duranbah is a small town located about 12 km (7.5 mi) southwest of the beach, but the name Duranbah Beach has become its accepted identity.

Each June, Coolangatta hosts the Wintersun Festival renamed as Cooly Rocks On for 2011, a two-week 1950s and 1960s nostalgia festival with free entertainment and attractions, including hot rods, restored cars and revival bands playing music of the era. Late November to early December sees thousands of school leavers across the country descend on the Gold Coast for Schoolies, a two week period of celebration and parties throughout Surfers Paradise.

Accommodation in Gold Coast's university residences

The Gold Coast's education infrastructure includes three major university campuses, the Southern Cross University Beachside Campus, Bond University at Robina and Griffith University. Some of the universities' residences offer casual visitor accommodation during the vacation periods. It should be understood that these residences and colleges are designed primarily for students and not children or adults expecting a high level of luxury. However, with this in mind, they do meet a level of comfort that we expect most visitors to be happy with, and we will welcome any feedback where this is not the case.

Getting to Gold Coast

Transport modes in the Gold Coast include cars, taxis, buses, ferries, rail and monorail, but the car is still the dominant mode of transport. The Pacific Motorway (M1) is the main motorway in the area, beginning at the Logan Motorway (M6) in Brisbane. Queensland Rail operates rail services from Brisbane to the Gold Coast along the Gold Coast railway line. Gold Coast Airport is located at Coolangatta, approximately 22 km (14 mi) south of Surfers Paradise. Services are provided to interstate capitals and major cities, as well as major New Zealand cities, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Japan. Brisbane Airport is less than one hour from the centre of Gold Coast, and direct trains operate.

History of Gold Coast

Lieutenant James Cook became the first European to note the region when he sailed along the coast on in 1770 in the HM Bark Endeavour. Captain Matthew Flinders, an explorer charting the continent north from the colony of New South Wales, sailed past in 1802. The region remained largely uninhabited by Europeans until 1823, when explorer John Oxley landed at Mermaid Beach. The hinterland's red cedar supply attracted people to the area in the mid-19th century. The western suburb of Nerang was surveyed and established as a base for the industry. Later, in 1875, Southport was surveyed and established and quickly grew a reputation as a secluded holiday destination for the upper class residents of Brisbane.

In 1925, tourism to the area grew rapidly when Jim Cavill established the Surfers Paradise Hotel, which transformed to Hard Rock cafe and Paradise Towers, a resort apartment complex. The population grew steadily to support the tourism industry and by the 1940s, real estate speculators and journalists were referring to the area as the "Gold Coast." The true origin of the name is still debatable. The name was officially applied to the area in 1958, when the local government area covering Southport and Coolangatta was renamed "Gold Coast", although the urban area and the local government area have never had the same boundaries. During the 1970s, real-estate developers gained a dominant role in local politics, and high-rise buildings began to dominate the area, which is now known as Surfers Paradise. The airport was established later, in 1981. In 2007, Gold Coast overtook the population of Newcastle, New South Wales, and became the sixth-largest city in Australia.


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