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Bond is Renowned For its Exceptional On-Campus Experience

As a small university, you will get to know other students really quickly.

If you don’t meet them in class, you’ll meet them in student housing, by the pool, at the gym or in a yoga class.

And if not there, there’s the weekly Res Wars, Wednesday by the Water barbeques, Thursday nights at Don’s Tavern, free Live at Bond concerts, volunteering projects and fundraisers.

A lot of Bond’s student social life is coordinated by the Bond University Student Association who oversee more than 95 active social, special interest and sport clubs on campus.

On-Campus Accommodation

University-owned student housing is located on campus, just a few minutes’ walk from lecture halls, libraries, recreational facilities and public transport.

Options include private rooms with shared bathrooms, private rooms with private bathrooms and twin share rooms with private bathrooms. Prices range from $AUD 2475 per person per semester to AUD $4050 per person per semester ($AUD 165 - $AUD 370 per week for 15-week semester).

All rooms are fully air-conditioned and include electricity, water, WiFi and internet access. Linens are provided and the rooms are serviced weekly (also included). You have the choice of all male/all female or mixed accommodation wings. 

Student housing is super popular! You’ll want to lodge an application for accommodation as soon as you accept your offer to study at Bond and applications open. You can lodge your application online via the Student Housing Portal.

Off-Campus Accommodation

The campus is surrounded by apartment blocks, townhouse complexes and houses – many of which offer student accommodation.

These properties are not owned by the University so you’ll need to contact the managers directly to find out what is available. Some of them have one-bedroom/one-bathroom studio apartments; others rent out individual rooms 2, 3 and 4 bedroom apartments and villas; or you can get a group of your friends together and rent a whole house.

Most of these complexes have great facilities – with pools, spas, saunas, gymnasiums – and the rent includes a weekly service.

Prices range from AUD$200 per person per week for a private room in a shared apartment up to $570 per week for a 3-bedroom/2-bathroom apartment.

Meals

The University has a flexible Dining Plan that allows you to eat at any café or restaurant on campus at any time that suits you. That gives you a choice of Lakeside Bar and Restaurant, Papyrus Café, Pulse Café, University Club, Don’s Tavern, the Coffee Cart at Palm Cove and Kinetic Café. You can even use your dining credits to pick up essentials at the Bond Express Convenience Store and Health Food Shop Click here to check out our cafes, bars and restaurants

Dining Plans are compulsory for all students living on campus – we want to make sure you’re eating well! There are three packages available - $2000, $2,250 or $2,500 per semester. Additional credits can be purchased for a minimum of $110.

The Dining Plan is also available for students living off campus.

There is also a vibrant local shopping street right outside campus with a range of cafes and restaurants that are popular with our staff and students.

On Campus Life

Living on campus is heaps of fun. You’ll share your new life with students from all over the world, many of whom will become friends for life. You’ll also want to get to know the Resident Fellows and Tutor Fellows who provide personal and academic support, and the Recreational Officers who are in charge of organising all the social activities and events like the weekly Res Wars.

Our friendly staff in the accommodation blocks will help you settle in and find whatever you need and you’ll feel totally safe at any time of the day or night thanks to our security officers who patrol the campus 24/7 and will even walk you back to your accommodation block at night if you ever feel uncomfortable.

Cost of Living

Your cost of living will vary according to lifestyle and personal requirements. Your budget should be flexible enough to cope with unexpected costs (e.g. emergencies or health expenses).

In addition to University fees and textbooks, you will need to budget for general living expenses such as accommodation, meals and entertainment, as well as set-up and establishment costs.

The Australian Government estimates general living expenses to be $21,041 per year. A survey of our International Students revealed most spent between $20,000 and $27,000 per year (depending on living arrangements and personal choices).

Remember to allow enough money for:

  • establishments costs
  • transfers to and from the airport
  • travel and holidays
  • costs for any dependents

Lifestyle is important to consider. If you live on-campus or close by, you will save on transport costs and not having to commute. You will also have access to our facilities, including Wi-Fi and gym facilities, reducing some of the costs experienced by those who live further away.

This information is only a general guide to help you estimate your living costs while studying at Bond. All prices are in Australian dollars and accurate at the time of publishing.

There are also many online budget calculators to assist you with budgeting, such as Money Smart budget planner.

A Day In The Life

Take a look inside a day in the life of a Bond student on the Gold Coast.