Short Stay Accommodation

Many students require short stay accommodation for a variety of reasons. Some students from overseas or interstate need temporary accommodation when they arrive, until they find something more permanent. In addition, some distance education students are required to attend on-campus residential sessions for up to 2 weeks for their chosen units of study, and many will require short term accommodation during this period.

The SCU Accommodation Service has put together a list of external short stay options including: motels; bed & breakfasts; hostels, private share-housing, etc. You can view these under the location headings below.

Please note that the listed accommodation options have not been endorsed by Southern Cross University.

Some important things to keep in mind about short term accommodation: 

  • It is not a requirement for a tenancy agreement to be used, however it is still beneficial to have even a basic written agreement and it is still very important to receive and keep receipts of any money that is exchanged.
  • A bond may or may not be charged, you will need to get a receipt if one is.
  • We still recommend that you don't make any agreement of your length on stay or pay any money until you view the property. If you commit to something that you do not like, you might not get your money back.
  • If you would like to give notice to move out, you will need to give 'reasonable' notice. For example, if you pay rent weekly, give 7 days notice. Give notice in writing and keep a copy. 


Coolangatta YHA bed & breakfastA short walk to Gold Coast campus and Airport. Dorm rooms and private rooms available.
from $34 per night

Bilavista Apartments

Across the road from the Gold Coast campus. 1 and 2 bedroom apartments available.
15% discount for SCU students when booked through their student bookings portal.

from $150 per night

Greenmount Beach house

Just 100 m from the beach, Greenmount Beach House features an outdoor pool with a water slide. A private balcony or courtyard is standard in all rooms.

Greenmount Beach House is 5 minutes’ walk from Tweed River and 10 minutes’ drive from Gold Coast Airport. Broadbeach and Surfers Paradise are each a 30-minute drive away.

from $175 per night
Coolangatta Sands Hotel

The Coolangatta Sands Hotel offers our visitors a range of affordable accommodation rooms, including single rooms, queen rooms, mixed dorms and a females-only dorm.

$39 per night


UniLodge LismoreApartments are modern and fully furnished, with their own kitchen, lounge, dining area and bathroom. Room rates include all bills, furniture, WIFI plus great common facilities, supportive staff onsite and an epic social calendar.
From $203 per week
Melville House Bed and BreakfastSingle and twin roomsFrom $100per night
New Olympic MotelEnjoy free Wi-Fi and garden views from your room at New Olympic Motel. Southern Cross University is less than 10 minutes’ drive away. Free BBQ facilities are available on site.
from $115 per night


Property DescriptionCost
Hoey Moey BackpackersNowhere else in Coffs Harbour can you get such a prime location, for the price of a dorm room! There is direct beach access through the sand dunes, taking you to Park Beach. We have secure dorm share accommodation or a choice of private rooms, to suit any backpacker’s budget and needs.
from $30per night
Aussitel BackpackersWe offer a range of accommodation to crash in. You can share a dorm with a group of mates, we have female only dorms, a mixed dorm or if you want your own space we have double or twin rooms.  
from $30 per night
Aquajet MotelShared and private rooms. Mention that you are an SCU student to get 20% off. from $140
UniLodge Coffs HarbourThe residential college includes fully furnished 4-bedroom apartments, a recreational room with a pool table and table tennis table, large TV, couches and a sound system. from $226 per week


UniLodge Hertston 
New and affordable student accommodation in Brisbane CBDfrom $140 per week
Nomads Brisbane Hostel

Dorm rooms and private rooms

from $24per night

Brisbane City YHA

Brisbane City YHA offers award-winning accommodation overlooking the Brisbane River and CBD.
$34 per night

UniStays Short Stay Listings

Some UniStays Accommodation Providers have indicated they are willing to negotiate short stay arrangements, and a few will advertise their accommodation for short stays only.

Please be aware that students and accommodation providers need to negotiate their own short stay arrangements. Please read the terms and conditions of this service for more information.

Other short stay accommodation websites