Gold Coast Student Orientation

Welcome Student Orientation Page

We can’t wait to welcome you to the beautiful Gold Coast!

Hi!  so glad you have taken a moment to visit us.  We have some amazing things to show you and we can’t wait to welcome you to Australia.  Whether you are staying with one of our friendly home stay families or in independent Global Booking Service Student accommodation, here is our student orientation page with some helpful tips on making your stay full of fun, memories and safety.

Discover the Beautiful Gold Coast!

Student Safety

Swimming: Australia has some amazing places to swim, beaches can be unpredictable, so please watch this video and make sure you swim between the red and yellow flags and, follow the instructions of the lifeguards

Money:  While the Gold Coast is a safe destination, you should maintain vigilance around carrying and keeping large amounts of cash, whether this while you are walking around or placed in your luggage at your accommodation.  Just like a hotel,  make sure your money is secured at all times.

Late Nights:  There are many great places to visit including clubs and restaurants across the Gold Coast, as with any city especially those that attract a lot of tourists, if you are travelling home very late at night try to take transportation that is more secure such as a taxi or uber or travel with a friend for your own personal safety.

Transport – Getting around the Gold Coast

Getting around the Gold Coast is Easy you can use a light rail , a train, a bus, a bicycle, taxi or Uber. Most students choose public transport so here is a link on how our Transport card works  GOCard.

you can purchase your go cards at multiple location, here are some suggestions:

  • 7-Eleven
  • News agencies
  • Tram / Train stations
  • Night Owl
  • Lucky 7

For more public transport information, time tables and maps etc CLICK HERE

Student Accommodation

Global Booking Service specialises in accommodation for students, it can be homestay, independent living or student share options in your own private room.

Homestay Experience  

Hom13estay is all about experiencing life with an Australian family.  You will live in an Australian home and see how we do things differently to your way of life. Being part of an Aussie homestay experience is amazing; our families will welcome you into their homes.  Trust us – it’s nothing like a hotel.  Our families will be working, may have young children, pets and will go about their week, cooking, laughing, working, playing and doing normal household chores.  We Aussies like to go outside a lot, so you may go hiking, have BBQ’s or hang out at the beach. Depending on your location, whatever you do, embrace it, relax and above all have FUN! You will get to practice English, help out as a family member and  make lifelong friends.  It’s a great way to create wonderful memories and stories to take home to your family.

GBS Student Accommodation

Well appointed bedrooms

We want you to feel safe and have a great experience in Australia; that’s why we inspect every property and provide you with opportunities to rent a private room in an Australian house. Live by yourself, with a friend or shared space with another international or local student.  Because we don’t charge a bond or make you sign a lease, living options are much easier.  Each property has a resident who has been certified through GBS and has agreed for you to rent space in the house. Use of areas such as the kitchen, laundry, common areas and outdoor areas are available, giving you great space to relax and enjoy your Australia international student experience.

Let’s Have Some Fun…

To make your student orientation for the Gold Coast easy, here is a downloadable PDF Guide with information on things to do on the coast – CLICK HERE


Located on the northern end of the Gold Coast, you can spend a whole day here enjoying rides, looking at animals and just having fun!

Movie World

Let your imagination go wild at Movie World! Enjoy the sets, the show, the rides and the costumes which located right next to the movie sets where a range of international movies have been made.

    • Aquaman (2018)
    • Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
    • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017)
    • The Shallows (2016)
    • San Andreas (2015)
    • Unbroken (2014)
    • The Railway Man (2011)
    • The Chronicles of Narnia:
    • The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010) 


A world of adventure awaits you. Sea World is the premier marine animal park in Australia, offering amazing attractions and rides for all ages.


You can enjoy the Australian summer in one of the Gold Coast’s best water parks: Slip and slide, swim in the wave pool and jump on their giant swing.

Currumbin Sanctuary

Filled with Australian wildlife, it’s a must see destination.  See all of our amazing local animals. Make sure you put this one on your itinerary.

Outback Spectacular

“Saddle up for a remarkable journey to the snow peaked mountains of the high country where legendary yarns come alive and one of Australia’s most stirring true stories is reborn as Australian Outback Spectacular commemorates the Centenary of the ANZACS and the heroes of the legendary Australian Light Horse.

Experience a deeper journey to the heart and soul of the High Country and be dazzled like never before by amazing animal stars, death defying stunts and stunning aerial performances. Plus, hear the brave tales of May Wirth and Red Dog all accompanied by a stirring musical score composed especially for the show, as well as popular country music composed and written by country music legend, Lee Kernaghan.

The larrikin sense of humour and competitive spirit that Australians are famous for encompasses the show and guests are encouraged to get involved as the stockmen and women from rival stations test their mateship and go head to head in some true blue Aussie challenges.”

Australian Outback Spectacular


Harbour Town

Like to shop? Well take your wallet and some great walking shoes, because Harbour Town is a treasure trove of bargains from clothing, to souvenirs, shoes, handbags and accessories, all heavily discounted.

Robina Shopping Centre

The second largest shopping centre on the Gold Coast, after the recently redeveloped Pacific Fair, covering 34 hectares (84 acres) in the suburb of Robina, with 7 anchor tenants and over 350 retail outlets covering over 130,000 square metres.

Pacific Fair

Feeling more like a luxury resort, there are areas to lay down and relax, multiple eating choices and both top end and bargain shopping to be had.  The largest shopping centre on the Gold Coast, you might need to visit a couple of times to see it all.

Student Arrivals

GBS Families: Select tours and students that match your ability to provide accommodation by taking a ticket to match and we will contact you to confirm.

Student arrivals

Interested in hosting a study tour or long stay university student in your home or student accommodation?

register for accommodation

Click on this link, look at the student arrivals and let us know your interested by clicking interested on the event and by selecting the individual or group that is arriving into Australia.  Once you’ve done that we’ll get to work to match you with your choice subject to suitability.


Student Housing

Choose your accommodation!

Take control! Select accommodation with StudentBNB

See photos, distances to your school, and available properties! You can select from homestay, roomstay, or independent living. Choose your own preferences, with or without meals. No bond, no lease, no placement fee, no minimum stay.

Select from Home Stay, Room Stay, share housing, or apartment style / granny flat options 

 Below we have explained a little about each type of accommodation to help you decide.

Home Stay

GBS Homestay families are trained to assist you feel at home in Australia. Whether you want to stay for a few weeks or a few months, when you stay with a GBS Certified Host, you know you’re in good hands. Our Homestay families will help you get around and get settled in your new surroundings. Your accommodation with a GBS Family Host means that all of your expenses are covered, including the meal options you choose, PLUS you will have the safety and security of a family environment. You can also practice your English with your family in your homestay home.

Independent Living Options

Prefer your independence?  Our independent living options give you choice! These include Room Stay, granny flat or student share house options. All of our accommodation options are inspected and screened for your increased peace of mind.

If you would like a little more information read on below…

Room Stay – your own furnished room in a house with a family. Cater and cook your own meals. You have access to a laundry, kitchen, and common areas of the home, and the knowledge that you have family support nearby to assist you if you need it. Nothing beats the feeling of family in a home away from home.

Granny Flats – your own private space, self-contained with basic furniture, linen and cooking utensils so that you can live by yourself or with a friend/partner. Allows time for study and reflection, with the freedom to come and go as you wish. With GBS, your utilities (gas, power, electric, water) are all included. Essentially, you will have a place to call your own for the same or less than it would cost you to stay in a back packer accommodation.

Student Share – shared house or flat/apartment with other students where you have your own room, but share all of the other facilities in the property. Unlike rentals, GBS provides house share options for students where one, two or three students can live together in a large Australian home without the need to pay a bond or sign a lease. This option gives you the ability to move if you find the property or the people you are sharing with a not the right fit for you.


Student Accommodation



Education Partners

Meeting your needs, from big groups, study tours to individual student housing 

English Immersion Study ToursCustomise your study tours with our online study tour quoting, which enables you to select the options that suit your group’s needs. GBS offers accommodation, airport transfers, excursions and charter buses – build your own tour and get an immediate quote emailed to you!

Student AccommodationYour students can select their own accommodation that meet their preferences using our new service, StudentBNB! They can search accommodation that is near their education provider, seeing what properties are available that meet their needs. We offer a range of student housing options, including homestay, room stay, and shared housing. Students have the opportunity to see properties before they pay while saving on bonds and lengthy leases. All properties are certified by GBS and have been security checked. Try it today!