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 $136 per night

Golden Shores Airport MotelDirectly opposite Gold Coast Airport/SCU campus.
Free Wi-Fi. Weekly rates also available.
Phone bookings receive 10% discount.
from $104 per night
Bilinga Beach Motel

10% discount if reservation made directly with the hotel. Subject to availability.

Just 2.3km from Campus.

Located directly on the beach and offers a range of accommodation options from standard motel rooms to 1 and 2 bedroom apartments. Free Wi-Fi. Pool, BBQ areas and laundry facilities available for guests.

from $119 per night
Bed and Breakfast

1single and 1 twin rooms available in private home, own bathroom, own tv lounge, bbq area, off street parking. All inclusive. Close to public transport. Breakfast included. Banora Point.

Suitable short term accommodation for students, while looking for more permanent accommodation.

Banora Point.

$190 per week
Komune Resort

Share rooms

from $35 per night


Campus Living Villages Lismore
- Short-stay

Single rooms (with or without linen),
per week rate available
From $60 per night
From $280 per week
Contact for group pricing
Wilson's CollegeMinimum 1 week stayFrom $175 per week
(plus a $25 cleaning fee
and 1 week bond)
Melville House Bed and BreakfastSingle and twin roomsFrom $50 per night
The Edge Guest RoomsSingle and twin sharefrom $45 per night
Halls Country Cottages1 bedroom and 2 bedroom cottagesfrom $80 per night

E Street Guest House

Dorm, Twins, Doubles rooms availableFrom $25 per night


Property DescriptionCost

Banana Coast Caravan Park

varied prices for camping, caravans and deluxe


standard cabins
from $58 per night

Ibis Budget Coffs HarbourMotel roomsfrom $65 per night
Surf Beach MotelMotel roomsfrom $78 per night
YHA Backpacker and Youth HostelShared and private rooms. Mention that you are an SCU student to get 20% off. from $24.50 per night
Hawaiian Sands Motor Inn17 motel style units across road from Park beach.

Close to National Marine Science Centre
and 10min to SCU Coffs Harbour campus.
Bus stops out the front.
Free wireless internet included in all deals.

from $50 per night


UniLodge Hertston 
New and affordable student accommodation in Brisbane CBDfrom $160 per week
Base Backpacker Brisbane Central Hostel

Dorm rooms and private rooms

from $22p/n (share)
from $35p/n (private)

Close to Airport/CBD, own bathroom

Private room with own bathroom. Tea and coffee, light breakfast provided on request.$45p/n no minimum nights. $10 cleaning fee at end of stay.

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