Valued at over $3.5 billion, the Gold Coast’s education sector offers three world-class universities and more than 200 education and training providers, from TAFE to private language schools and a growing network of private and public schools.
As one of the fastest growing economic drivers for the city, the education and training sector is contributing $1.4 billion to the local economy. The last decade has seen substantial growth in tertiary education – international student growth alone has seen a 30 per cent increase within the sector.
Top ranked student city
The Gold Coast has been named the top regional student location in the country by the International Education Association of Australia. The prestigious QS rankings have named the Gold Coast as Australia’s most affordable student city with living and studying costs on average 40% cheaper than Sydney or Melbourne.
The Gold Coats’s public and independent schools are ambitious leaders within Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. Our students enjoy a diverse learning environment that is both personally enriching and educational so that they may develop the skills and attributes needed to thrive in a changing world.
Gold Coast universities
The Gold Coast has one of the highest concentrations of tertiary study options in Australia.
Griffith University, our largest university with more than 21,000 students, is ranked in the top 2 per cent of universities globally and is positioned among the top research universities in Australia. Griffith benefits from its location at the heart of the Health and Knowledge Precinct which includes the state-of-the-art Queensland Academy of Health Sciences, open only to the state’s ‘best and brightest’ students wanting to enter scientific medical and health-related industries.
For more than 10 years, Bond University has been rated number one for student experience, achieving more five-star ratings than any other university in Australia, according to the 2021 Good Universities Guide.
Southern Cross University has achieved world-class results in research, rankings, student satisfaction and overall reputation and is recognised as a leading regional research university with 14 areas rated ‘above world standard’ by the prestigious Excellence in Research for Australia assessment.
Spanning the length of the Gold Coast region, TAFE Queensland has campuses from Coolangatta to Coomera as well as central locations in Ashmore and Southport.
From entry-level skill sets and certificates through to advanced diplomas and bachelor degrees, TAFE Queensland offer a comprehensive range of study areas to choose from.
Study Gold Coast
With plenty of reasons to come here, our peak education body Study Gold Coast aims to not only attract students, but to keep them here upon graduation. Study Gold Coast is dedicated to demonstrating to the world the value of our education sector and promoting our growing graduate talent pool.