There is no doubt that starting uni can be daunting. Whether you’re coming straight from high school into your first year of an undergraduate or doing post-grad, transitioning into university can be a challenge. With classes officially commencing next week, now is the perfect time to get prepared — enrol in your courses, check your timetable, plan arrangements with your employer and buy those textbooks. While it’s possible to arrange all of those simpler things in just a single weekend, sorting out where you’re going to live while you’re at uni might take a little longer. If you don’t have a place sorted yet, don’t stress. You may choose to travel the distance from your existing home, rent a sharehouse close by or purchase a property in a surrounding suburb.
For students about to start studying at the University of the Sunshine Coast, there is a multitude of options in Sippy Downs and the surrounding suburbs (if you can’t decide whether to rent or buy during uni, check out our handy guide). Whether you’re considering an apartment, townhouse or house and land package, there are a lot of benefits to buying real estate close to uni. Plus, unlike other universities in Brisbane, being able to afford a new-build property close to the University of the Sunshine Coast isn’t out of reach for students. Here are our Top 5 picks for uni houses on the Sunshine Coast — all available for under $400,000!
Located just 600 metres away from the University of the Sunshine Coast campus, One Tree apartments are an ideal living option for students, post-grad and academic staff alike. This luxury apartment development is currently under construction and is expected to be completed in the third quarter of this year, meaning you can move in during mid-semester break of the second semester. There are 72 two and three-bedroom apartments available, as well as resort-style facilities including a rooftop dining area, swimming pool, poolside pavilion and sub-tropical landscaping.
Two-bedroom apartments at One Tree from $347,900.
Also within walking distance of Sunshine Coast University, this off-the-plan townhouse development is located at the northern end of Buderim. The complex offers 13 two-bedroom townhouses with a single lock up garage and 20 three-bedroom townhouses with a double lock-up garage. These well-appointed townhomes are also only ten minutes drive from Mooloolaba beach. Post-uni swim anyone?
Two-bedroom townhouses at 11 Jorl Court from $384,900.
This master-planned community will offer an astounding 4,800 new homes when complete. While not quite walking distance, Harmony Estate is located just over five minutes drive away from the campus, making it an ideal place to live for students of the University of the Sunshine Coast. Harmony Estate will also feature a Grand Linear Park, which is a Queensland first. Spanning more than five hectares, this park will run the length of 10 football fields. With four-bedroom house and land packages and three-bedroom terrace homes, Harmony Estate is a great option for those looking to the future. While at uni, save money by renting out your spare rooms to friends — your mortgage will be more affordable and you’ll still get to enjoy the classic sharehouse experience and live with your mates.
House and land packages are available at Harmony Estate from $402,448. Three-bedroom terrace homes start at $389,900.
The Hedge is one of the most luxurious apartment developments near the University of the Sunshine Coast. Offering 97 one, two and three-bedroom apartments, The Hedge is over 50% sold already, so apartments here aren’t expected to be available for long. Residents lucky enough to snap up an apartment here will have access to a resort-style pool, garden terraces and a Parisian-style courtyard. Just under 15-minutes drive away from the campus, this apartment development is just 500 metres away from Kawana Beach at Buddina. Wanting to ride into uni? The Hedge also has bike storage facilities.
One-bedroom apartments from $400,000.
While about 15-minutes drive away from the main USC campus, Revive Oceanside apartments are only a few minutes walk away from the Sunshine Coast University Hospital, making these new apartments a great option for nursing, midwifery or biomedical science students. Revive Oceanside looks directly out on to Lake Kawana, with 60 apartments spread out over two towers. The one-bedroom apartments are generously sized, sitting around 75m².
One-bedroom apartments from $389,000.