University of the Sunshine Coast

Accommodation at University of the Sunshine Coast in Australia

Accommodation at University of the Sunshine Coast

Would you like to study at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) in Queensland, Australia, but don't you know where to live? We will guide you, tell you where you can live as a student in Sunshine Coast and inform you about campus life.

Student accommodation

Three privately owned, fully furnished student accommodation complexes are conveniently located next to the Sippy Downs campus in Sunshine Coast. The complexes are:

  1. UniCentral
  2. Varsity Apartments
  3. The Village

UniCentral, Varsity Apartments and The Village are all linked by pathway to the campus, which is an easy three–minute walk away. Public transport and the local shopping centre are within easy reach.

There are privately owned student accommodation providers in Brisbane who mainly offer accommodation to students in shared apartment complexes. The closest of these to the South Bank precinct are:

Rental accommodation

If you would like to rent your own house, apartment, townhouse or flat, real estate agents and private providers advertise on the following websites:

If you would like to rent a room in a shared house in Brisbane, the following resources may be useful:


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.

Accessible options

Students with a disability can contact the Disability Adviser. Support services are available if you have a disability, health or medical condition that affects your access whilst on campus.

Contact our study advisors for more information about any of the above mentioned accommodation options. 

Campusses University of the Sunshine Coast

USC's main campus is Sippy Downs. The Sippy Downs campus is centrally located in Sunshine Coast at 15 minutes from Mooloolaba. UCS also has other two considerably smaller campuses; the South Bank campus in Brisbane and the Melbourne campus.

You will experience a personal and friendly atmosphere on campus. The university is doing its utmost to make your student life as successful as possible. The facilities are up-to-date and new and the lecturers friendly and professional. Bordering a nature reserve, the sustainable Sippy Downs campus is shared with wildlife, including many kangaroos. 

Kangaroos on the USC campus lawn

Campus facilities USC

USC’s Sippy Downs campus offers many first-class facilities and services to make your time at university as comfortable as possible, like:

  • modern teaching and learning spaces,
  • an award-winning library,
  • many cafes and restaurants, like the Brasserie, Café J, Café C, the Sports Café,
  • a bookshop,
  • an Olympic-standard swimming pool,
  • sport and fitness facilities, including a well-equipped outdoor functional training zone and a wide variety of free social sport programs,
  • an art gallery, which hosts a range of exhibitions focusing on contemporary art and design practice.
  • events services, with venues and facilities available for hire.

Usc Swimming Pool Central

Transport to and from USC

Sunbus runs regular bus services between various Sunshine Coast locations and the USC campus. You can find information on Sunbus routes and timetables on the TransLink Journey Planner website.

A bus service connects the Queensland Rail CityTrain with the university via Landsborough and Nambour stations. Use the journey planner on the Translink website to find timetables and fares for this route.

There are a number of cycle and pedestrian access points onto the campus. The Alumni Way bicycle and pedestrian path links the eastern and western accesses of the campus and a network of paths connects the University to Sippy Downs, Buderim and Mooloolaba. You will even find bicycle racks, end-of-trip facilities and showers on campus, so you can make a comfortable and fresh start at the university after biking.

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