Living on the Sunshine Coast

The beautiful Sunshine Coast has a vast range of accommodation options to suit individual needs, wants and budgets.

Types of accommodation suited for studying on the Sunshine Coast include staying on campus, private rentals, flat sharing, home stay opportunities and group accommodation. Accommodation is conveniently located near education facilities, transport, shopping and health providers.

Three fully furnished accommodation complexes are conveniently location next to USC. UniCentral, Varsity Apartments and The Village, are all linked by pathway to the Sippy Downs campus, which is a three minute walk. Public transport, local shopping centres and health providers are also within easy reach.

Student Accommodation

UniCentral Housing

(07) 5373 0000

Enjoy spacious Sunshine Coast student accommodation offering four large lockable bedrooms with double beds, private individual bathrooms, large study areas, two wardrobes, private telephone and Internet connection at the UniCentral student housing complex.

Varsity Apartments

(07) 5450 2000

Varsity Apartments can accommodate around 500 students within 5 minutes walk from
the University of the Sunshine Coast. The apartments all have four private bedrooms, with a large communal kitchen and living areas. Communal living areas include a balcony or patio. Designed as a fun place to live and study, you have a lot of great facilities available.

The Village

(07) 5430 2500

The Village Apartments offers a range of affordable student share accommodation suitable for singles, couples and small groups over 18 years. Modern 2-share and 3-share units are available, many with ensuite bathrooms and lock-up garages, and residential boarding houses provide a further alternative and are often sought by the more mature student.

Other Accommodation

Rental Accommodation

Many types of rental accommodation are available for students on the Sunshine Coast including houses, apartments, townhouses, villas or units which can be shared with fellow students. Don’t forget to include in your budget costs for electricity, gas and water which you may need to pay in addition to your rent.

Many types of rental accommodation are available for students on the Sunshine Coast including houses, apartments, townhouses, villas or units which can be shared with fellow students. Don’t forget to include in your budget costs for electricity, gas and water which you may need to pay in addition to your rent.

The two most popular sites where you can search for rental accommodation are:

Share Houses

Another option is to join a share house, these can be found on university and TAFE Queensland community boards or you can search the following sites:

Homestay Opportunities

Homestay is highly recommended for students who are learning English during their stay. Living with an Australian family gives excellent insight into local culture, places to go and see and will help you speak English on a daily basis.


In Australia the currency used is the Australia Dollar (AUD). The Sunshine Coast has an array of banks and ATM’s to deposit and withdraw money.

The four major banks in Australia are: Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ), Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA), National Australia Bank (NAB), and Westpac Banking Corporation.

Banks and Banking

A list of all of the major banking institutes on the Sunshine Coast can be accessed via the link.

Currency in Australia

Learn everything you need to know about currency and money in Australia including where to buy currency and how to obtain currency cards.

Foreign Currency Exchange

Want to know where you can exchange foreign currency on the Sunshine Coast? See a list of all foreign currency exchange locations on the Sunshine Coast


Sunshine Coast Council has developed The Sunshine Coast Public Transport Guide which provides you with a quick overview about PT choices here on the coast.

A bus system links to all the major education providers on the coast making it easy and cost effective for you to get around. Bus services are a cheap option to travel around the Sunshine Coast.

By purchasing a Go Card, you can access bus services all over the Sunshine Coast at student concession rates.

The University of the Sunshine Coast offers shuttle services to and from the University from a range of locations on the Sunshine Coast.

If you need to get to Brisbane airport, the train from Nambour is an option and there are several shuttle services such as Con-x-ion buses, which will take you directly to and from your home.

If you are an avid cyclist, the Sunshine Coast has access to a range of cycling lanes and pathways.

Public Transport

Public Transport Guide

Sunshine Coast Council has developed the Sunshine Coast Public Transport Guide which provides a quick overview about public transport choices on the Sunshine Coast, including a detailed map, trip-planning options, guided fare information and travel tips promoting exploration of the Sunshine Coast region. Download a copy of the Sunshine Coast Public Transport Guide


TransLink is your one stop shop for public transport information, and coordinates and integrates public transport services across South East Queensland. Plan your journey and find out everything you need to know about obtaining a Go Card.

Private Transport

Con-X-ion Transfers

Con-X-ion are leaders in the field of transportation specialising in door to door airport and cruise terminal transfers, theme park and attraction transfers, day tours and all charter services.

Suncoast Cabs

The Sunshine Coast’s leading taxi service is Suncoast Cabs, with services running all over the Sunshine Coast 24/7. You can even book online! Find out more and book online.


One tap and a car comes directly to you. Hop in and your driver knows exactly where to go. And when you get there, just step out. Payment is completely seamless.


The new Sunshine Coast University Hospital provides students some of the highest quality health services available in Australia with doctors, pharmacies,

dental clinics, physiotherapists and many other support services available on the Sunshine Coast when you need them.

Healthcare Services

24 Hour Medical Services

Access ta a 24 hour medical and home doctor service. If your condition is an emergency, please always remember to dial 000 for an ambulance.

All Sunshine Coast Hospitals

Access a list of all Sunshine Coast hospitals

Bulk Billing Dentists

Access to a range of bulk billing dentist

Bulk Billing Doctors

Access to a range of bulk billing doctors

Overseas Student Health Cover (OHSC)

International students studying on the Sunshine Coast on a student visa are required to take out health insurance known as Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the full period of their student visa.

This insurance provides cover that assists international students meet the costs of any medical or hospital care they may need.

For more information on Overseas Student Health Cover visit OSHC does not cover secondary medical services such as dental, optical, physiotherapy or non-essential prescription medicines. Additional private health insurance will need to be purchased if these services are required. Visit to find out more.


While the Sunshine Coast is an extremely safe region, as with anywhere you travel, you should always take steps to keep yourself away from potential danger.

Lifesavers on our beaches will set up safe swimming areas for you indicated by red and yellow flags and the Queensland Police are friendly and helpful and will always assist you if you feel unsafe.

Safety Services

Emergency+ App

Emergency services have launched a new smartphone app to help individuals call the right number for help in emergency and non-emergency situations. Download for Android and Apple devices at the link below.

Queensland Police Service

To learn more about personal safety on the Sunshine Coast please take the time to visit the Queensland Police Service website.

Surf Life Saving Australia

Surf safety is an important part of life on the Sunshine Coast as we are surrounded by amazing beaches. Make sure you are always safe when swimming at the beach by swimming between the red and yellow flags and following the instructions from lifeguards and lifesavers.