University of the Sunshine Coast

Rank 37
Location Maroochydore
Established 1994
Famous For Agriculture, Education


University of the Sunshine Coast is a prominent public university located in the suburb of Sippy Downs, Queensland, Australia. Established in 1994, it is one of the youngest universities in the country that has quickly gained a stellar reputation for excellence in teaching, research, and community engagement.

USC offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programs across a variety of subjects, including business, education, engineering, health, humanities, law, science, social sciences, and more. The university is particularly well-known for its strong focus on sustainability, environmental science, and tourism. It has a strong reputation for producing graduates who are highly employable. The university works closely with industry partners to ensure its courses are relevant to the needs of employers, and it offers a range of work-integrated learning opportunities to give students practical experience in their chosen fields.

Services for International Students

The university welcomes students from across the globe and has a dedicated international student support team to help students with visas, accommodation, and other issues they may face. The university also offers English language programs for students who need to improve their language skills. Other support services for students include academic support, including study skills workshops, writing support, academic mentoring, career development services, counselling and health services, and disability support, among others. 


  • 601-800th in the World University Rankings by Times Higher Education in 2023
  • 31st in the Impact Rankings by Times Higher Education in 2022
  • 160th in the Young University Rankings by Times Higher Education in 2022
  • 1001-1200th at the QS World University Rankings of 2024
  • 1072nd in the Best Global Universities category by US News Rankings


The University of the Sunshine Coast provides on-campus accommodation options to students, that include student apartments and residential colleges. The student apartments are self-catered and offer a range of room options, including single, shared, and studio apartments. The residential colleges offer catered accommodation and a supportive community environment. The university also provides students with resources to help them find off-campus accommodation, including rental listings and information about shared houses and homestays. 

About Location

The university's main campus is located in Sippy Downs, a suburb on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia. It is approximately 90 minutes north of Brisbane, the capital city of Queensland. The Sunshine Coast is a very popular tourist destination that is known for its beautiful beaches, national parks, and outdoor activities. The city also has a vibrant food scene, with many restaurants and cafes offering fresh seafood and local produce. 

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