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QS Best Student Cities ranking: Joint 78th

The second-largest city in the state of Queensland (and the sixth-largest in Australia), Gold Coast boasts 52km of golden sands and 300 sunny days per year, and even has a suburb named ‘Surfer’s Paradise’. Indeed, surfers and general beach-fans will feel right at home here, and it’s unsurprising that Gold Coast receives a strong score in the Desirability category of the QS Best Student Cities index.

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Gold Coast is one of Australia’s fastest-growing large cities, and has expanded rapidly in recent decades largely thanks to the effect of the area’s flourishing tourism sector. The city annually hosts the Gold Coast 600 car racing event and will also host the Commonwealth Games in 2018.

Away from all the skyscrapers, the surrounding rural hinterland, referred to as the “green behind the gold”, is a lush, subtropical rainforest of three national parks, with numerous mountains, natural rock formations and spectacular waterfalls.

Among the top universities in Gold Coast is Griffith University, ranked 336th in the world and 34th in the QS Top 50 Under 50 2016. Gold Coast receives its highest score in the Student Mix category of the QS Best Student Cities index, with a high percentage (21%) of international students at its leading universities.

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More about Gold Coast

Number of universities ranked by QS

2

Highest-ranked institution

Population

614,000

Average international fees (at ranked unis)

US$20,800

Desirability rank

42nd

Employer Activity rank

105th

Affordability rank

93rd

Student Experience rank

98th  

 

To find out how each of the above categories is calculated, view the methodology.

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Written by Sabrina Collier
Sabrina is a content writer for TopUniversities.com, providing guidance on a wide range of topics. A graduate of Aberystwyth University, Sabrina is originally from the West Midlands but now lives in London. 

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