University of the Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine Coast is one of Australia’s best lifestyle locations and an excellent study destination.

Student life on the Sunshine Coast

As well as an excellent study destination, the Sunshine Coast is one of Australia’s best lifestyle locations. It offers wonderful beaches, beautiful sunrises and sunsets, the great city of Brisbane and amazing landscapes. The people are open minded and very friendly, the weather is like on the best summer holiday you have ever had, the parties are awesome and even the classes are good fun.

Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine Coast region encloses the coastline from Caloundra to Noosa and the lush countryside of the hinterland. The Sunshine Coast metropolitan area is located just off the Pacific Ocean coastline about an hour's drive north from the state capital Brisbane in South East Queensland. It offers green surroundings and beautiful beaches with warm weather all year round. After finishing the lessons at University of the Sunshine Coast (USC), you can go to the beach and enjoy the sun or go for a swim in the sea.

The Sunshine Coast region has a population of over 300,000 people and continues to grow rapidly. As the region develops, so do the business and employment opportunities which offers USC graduates greater diversity in career options.

Fun side of university life on the Sunshine Coast

While studying at USC in Australia you will be surrounded by wonderful white-sand beaches, freshwater rivers and lakes, subtropical forests and beautiful mountains. You will be able to go and explore many unique and different places in Queensland. From the city of Brisbane to the beaches and to the outback, there is just so much to see. USC's Sippy Downs campus is centrally located on the Sunshine Coast at 15 minutes from Mooloolaba and its SouthBank campus is located in Brisbane.

Video A student’s day in Brisbane


Great places to visit on the Sunshine Coast

You will experience a laid-back lifestyle and meet very friendly people on the Sunshine Coast. From the Sippy Downs campus you can enjoy weekend trips to for example:

  • Brisbane,
  • Sydney,
  • Gold Coast,
  • Noosa,
  • Fraser Island,
  • Underwater World Sea life Mooloolaba, or
  • Australia Zoo.

Or you can go on a dolphin spotting adventure, whale watch cruise, or to one of the many sporting facilities, restaurants, nightclubs and art galleries. If you have some more time to spend, you can travel to, for instance, the Whitsundays Islands or through the outback from Ayers Rock to Darwin.

10 Beaches you can go to

Do you like sailing, surfing, sunbathing and swimming? Visit one of the outstanding beaches, such as:

  1. Noosa Main Beach,
  2. Coolum,
  3. Maroochydore,
  4. Alexandra Headland,
  5. Mooloolaba,
  6. Kawana Waters,
  7. Kings Beach,
  8. Hervey Bay,
  9. Rainbow beach, or the
  10. Fraser Coast beaches.

Students at Mooloolaba Beach in Australia
Students at Mooloolaba Beach in Australia

National parks, rainforests, and more

Apart from beaches, this part of Queensland offers beautiful national parks and rainforests, such as:

  • Mapleton Falls National Park,
  • Kondalilla National Park,
  • Glass House Mountains National Park,
  • Noosa National Park, and
  • Great Sandy National Park.

7 things you can do for free as a student in the Sunshine Coast region

Check out some of the cool activities you can do in the Sunshine Coast region that will cost you nothing.

  1. Do you like swimming in crystal-clear water? Then go to Lake McKenzie or Eli Creek. Don’t forget your swimwear!
  2. There are a number of botanic gardens, two of which are free to visit: Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens and Noosa Botanic Gardens.
  3. Go hiking in the rainforests and hear the beautiful birds sing. Maybe you could also give a little whistle.
  4. Enjoy spectacular sunrises and sunsets. Queensland is home to the greatest sunrises and sunsets on Earth!
  5. Spend a day at the beach and swim in the sea!
  6. Visit one of the daily food and handcrafts markets, but leave your wallet at home.
  7. Have a great bonfire night at USC´s Dilli Village. Watch out for the fire!

Do you want to know more about things to see and do in this region, visit:

Student discounts

With your ISIC student card, you receive tons of student discounts and benefits all over Australia and the rest of the world. Download the ISIC Benefits App for free and take advantage of all the cool student benefits. Save money during your stay in Australia with ISIC. Read more about ISIC and purchase your card here.

Rent a car

Maybe you wish to explore the areas surrounding Sunshine Coast on the weekends. KILROY offers car rental in Queensland, Australia and we will be happy to find you the best and cheapest option for your needs.  Contact us to hear more.


Queensland is Australia’s Sunshine State, with 263 sunny days a year on average. It has a sub-tropical climate of warm humid summers and mild clear winters. Summer months are December to February with typical temperatures of 21 - 31 Celsius. Winter months are June to August with typical temperatures of 9 - 19 Celsius.

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