Location: Sippy Downs on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia.
Funding: USC is a public university.
Size: 8,904 students attend USC, with more than half being undergraduates.
Percent Women: 65.2 percent of undergraduates are women.
Tuition (one year): Depending on your degree, it costs on average between $8,900 and $11,000 per semester for undergraduate programs. For someone studying from abroad on average is $8,600 per semester. However it depends on what degre your studying, so it could be significantly less. E.g to study a Bachelor of Journalism, it only costs around about $12,000 for whole degree! If you're living on campus it would cost about $150 - $180 per week.
Most Popular Majors: The five most popular majors at USC are Business, Science, Nursing, Design and Communications.
Greek Life: Unfortunately at USC and like every Australian university there is no Greek Life.
Acceptance Rate: If you meet the requirements for the program you want to study nine times out of 10 you would be accepted, so about 90 percent.
Extras: USC is also a wildlife sanctuary which is why you will see so many kangaroos on campus!
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad and other costs visit the University of the Sunshine Coast's website at www.usc.edu.au.
Why Choose USCAU?"I was looking at the wall of options in the study abroad center at my home university and the pamphlet just jumped out at me!(Laughs) It was definitely good advertising by USC. After looking at a few different schools USC seemed like it was the best fit.""The people! The people I've studied with over the last three years are truly amazing and the small size of the Uni means a more personal experience which is a plus.""Probably the location. It's got everything close by - beaches, shops, etc.""I know it's a cliche', but the atmosphere at USC is just wonderful, so relaxed! And on a nice day it's an absolutely idyllic setting.""For the people, definitely. I’ve met nice people, I’ve met funny people even met some loopy people but I’ve yet to meet a single nasty person!"Outside the Co-Op Bookshop."I chose USC because one, it had the program I wanted to study and two, the people teaching each course had first hand experience of the field I was studying for and after my first visit to the campus and actually speaking to the professors on Open Day I knew this was the place for me. These teachers actually care if you got good marks or didn't and they actually help you when you need it. I instantly felt I could take on the world!"
What are your favourite parts of USC?
"Everyone is relaxed; there's no rush and the air is so fresh!" - Business Management student Rhys Hurren."It's a relaxed campus and close to the beach." - Primary Education student Jarryd Hill.Above: The iconic University of the Sunshine Coast building has students calling it 'the cheese grater building' because it looks like a giant cheese grater!What do you love about being a student at USC?
"I love my course and the subjects that USC has offered in this degree!" - Accounting and Financial Planning student Brooke Pateman."The location and lifestyle! I lived four hours inland and four hours between Melbourne and Sydney, so it really was not a hard choice for me, when you add the location and welcoming nature of the Sunshine Coast together, it was a perfect fit for me." - Sport and Exercise Science student Tara Bryan."The gym on campus is awesome as well, it's so convenient, within walking distance, it has it's own carpark so you can drive down if you don't feel like walking and there's also a lap pool and track." - Journalism student and Her Campus USC (AU) Campus Correspondent Jasmin Maastricht.USC's well-known campus events...1. Every year USC holds the annual USC Ball. Last year it was black and white theme. The 2014 ball will only be the third ball so far!2. During every Orientation Week, which happens twice a year before each semester we have Market Day on the Tuesday where you get lots of free stuff and two or three days during that week we also have Indigenous sessions where you get to try Austalian bush tucker (the slang word for food) and get to experience Aboriginal culture. A must if you are an international student or exchange student!3. Sport is not particularly huge at USC but we do have the University Games where every Australian university participates and goes against each other in netball, basketball, football, etc. USC's sport teams are called the USC Spartans and you can buy jerseys, hoodies, t-shirts and hats with the USC Spartans name and logo on it!Uni Central apartments' swimming pool.
What are the worst parts of USC?
"Definitely the parking. There are more students at USC than ever and there's just not enough car parks. As of last year we've had to pay to park but they haven't introduced any new parking spaces."
"Parking is an issue but we do have buses that can get you anywhere on the Coast."
"Because there isn't enough car parks on campus I've even seen some students parking in disabled parking spaces when they should be free for those who actually have a disability."
What don't you like about being a student at USC?
"It might depend on what degree you're studying, but I find some of my professors don't always help us as much as we need them to and that makes me feel like I'm on my own quite a bit."
"It would be awesome if there was a permanent bar on campus like at the Brisbane universities."
"I wish we could choose some of our teachers sometimes, that's probably the only thing I don't like."
"I wish they would lower the price on books! It's way too expensive and we are already paying enough for the education."
New Collegiette on Campus
What is it like to be a new student at USC? Do first year students stick together?
"Coming here straight out of high school I have to admit was quite overwhelming. Everything was so new it was hard to get a grip on everything. I also chose a class in my first semester that I realised I didn't want to study and so I then had to re-enrol into another class! I love how at USC no matter what year your in everyone treats you equally."
Above: USC campus library.
"I think first year students do kind of stick together but if we meet someone in their second or third year, etc it doesn't seem to matter."
"A lot of first year students do tend to stick together more because they know they will be seeing this person or people for the next three of four years. However, all our classes are made up of many different people in different years of their degrees. I think it depends on the person to want to make an effort to be friends with someone in second, third or fourth year."
Is there separate first year housing?
"There's no separate housing for first year students. To get into accommodation on campus you just apply for a place at one of the three student accommodation places and you are put with two or three other students at random. Varsity apartments is the most popular for younger students, Uni Central is great if you want to be right on campus and if you'd rather live on campus but not as close as Uni Central or Varsity then The Village is for you."
What does Orientation entail? Does USC offer any pre-orientation tips?
Above: USC Orientation Week February, 2014.
"Basically Orientation is just a week of activities, free stuff, meeting other students and your professors who will be teaching you in your whole degree. You may not meet all of them but you will meet some of your teachers during O-Week."
"Orientation is pretty fun. Most new students just party it up in Mooloolaba from Thursday to Sunday."
"For a lot of us O-Week is the week everyone lets off steam before classes begin by partying, clubbing and bonding with your roommates. For some of us it's the week we get everything together, by making sure we are enrolled in all the classes we need to take and by getting the free stuff like our USC pack from the Student Guild which includes a campus map, water bottle, an academic yearly calendar and yes, two free condoms!"
Are there any university traditions for new students?
"There's not really traditions for new students but there is the annual Great Court Race which is a traditional race we have every Orientation Week. The 800m race is a free event held each year for all students at USC and is a serious event for runners with cash prizes! The winners would also be presented with the Dean Van der Helm Memorial Shield. Dean was a USC student who died in a road accident soon after competing in the Great Court Race in 2002."
Click here for Orientation tips!
All About Academics
What are the most popular majors?
"I would say the most popular majors are Business, Science and maybe Design."
"I think the most popular majors would be Business and science, like exercise science and maybe nursing. I know a few people who are studying nursing so yeah I'd say that's pretty popular."
"I know a lot of people in Business and Communications but I also know a lot of people in Design too, so maybe those three."
Cafe J outside J Block.
What is the workload like? Are you required to do any final projects for your major?
"I do Environmental Science, so it's pretty full on. I'm in the libray like 4-6 hours, three days a week when it comes close to mid-terms and finals. In my final year I have to do a work placement with a company of my choice. It's also the same with many other degrees."
"As a Journalism student, for me I think it depends on the classes. Sometimes you get ones with a massive workload and others are pretty straight forward but I still do my homework! Sometimes when it comes to mid-terms and finals I'm in the libray all day! I also have to do a required two week internship in my final year."
How does the advising system work?
"If you want to speak to your professor for some help or general questions other than asking questions during class you have to schedule a 15 minute meeting with him or her in their office hours."
"I mostly email my teachers when I need help or need to ask them a question when I'm not in class."
Students waiting for class at D Block.
What is course registration like?
"At USC you have to enrol in your courses online at USC Central which is located on the USC website under 'log in'. When I first enrolled I found it very hard to navigate and had to get help at the library. If anyone needs help enrolling, the library is where you get it."
"As a new student I found it hard as well, because there's about two or three different ways to search for your courses! I was lucky my girlfriend knew how to navigate the site, so she showed me. But after you've finished enrolling online you just wait until classes start. They give you the time, the day, which classroom to go to and the course number."
C Block study area, above Cafe C.
Is it easy to get into the classes you want? How easy is it to fulfill any general requirements?
"It's generally pretty easy unless you're trying to get into a class that has an anti-requisite. This just means, for example, to do Communications 102 you have to had passed and completed Communications 103."
"If you follow your study plan, which is on the USC website when you search for a course, you will be on the right track. The study plan tells you what to study in each semester and will also tell you when to choose your electives."
Where do people like to study?
"I love to study in the library because it's so huge, you're surrounded by every book you could possibly need and there's also a couple of silent study areas for the people who hate noise when studying."
"If I'm not in the library I'm just outside sitting on the grass, chillin' with the kangaroos..."
"Definitely the library or my dorm room. Sometimes I turn the music up so I can focus."
"I live about an hour from uni so I generally study at home or at my local library. But when I'm on campus I stay in the library as long as I can until I realise I need something at home!"
Learn from the Best
Who are the best/most popular or favourite professors?
"I don't know if there's any popular professors, because you can't choose whose class you want to be in but my favourite is Public Relations teacher Anna Potter. She's an amazing lecturer! The way she lectures makes it very easy to understand what she's teaching."
"I can only give you info on the teachers that I've had, but Rosanna Natoli who teaches Advanced News Reporting is an amazing teacher and teaches you exactly how to do the assignments by doing sort of a trial one in class. She's also been a Journalist and News Reader for Channel 7 local news for years, so she knows what she's talking about!"
"My business teacher, Selina Tomasich is a great teacher. Every time I went into the lecture room it was like an amazing five star production. She's sort of like a superstar lecturer, (laughs) and I always leave the lecture theatre happy."
What have been your favourite classes?
"My favourite classes have been Advanced News Reporting and Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults."
"I loved my recent environmental science class, Biodiversity and Ecology."
"I've pretty much loved all my classes but my favourite was Design 103: Digital Photographic Practice. I love photography and this class was one of the best photography classes I've done."
Do you go to office hours or know anyone who does?
"I've been to office hours with my teachers and everyone I know has as well."
"In some classes it's actually required to see your teacher at least once!"
Does any of the faculty have any of their own traditions or unique talents?
HERS and HIStory theatre play by the Performing Arts Kollective (PAK).
"I'm not really sure, well they have their own little meetings sometimes I wish I knew what went on!"
"One thing I will say abut teachers and faculty members is that they get involved in campus clubs as well as students do! We have one club called PAK (Performing Arts Kollective) and they formed to give students and teachers a chance to be in musicals and talent shows and it's amazing! They have talents I never knew they had!"
Interests & Involvement
Do students or teachers participate in any campus clubs?
"Yes! Students and teachers can join almost any of them, like USC Activate, the Student Guild and the Performing Arts Kollective."
"Well now that I know about Her Campus USC, I would love to join!"
How do you find out about clubs and join?
"Generally you find out about campus clubs through emails to your student accounts and flyers around campus.""Word of mouth about anything on campus is generally what gets me interested and to join you can email, Facebook, tweet or talk to someone in that club on campus to join.""You can find out about clubs from the flyers in the library and from Student Administration at C Block. During Orientation Week is the best way though because that's when all the stalls will be all over campus."
Her Campus USC (AU) Campus Correspondent, Jasmin Maastricht.
What are some of the most popular clubs?
"Golden Key is a pretty popular club and the Student Guild. They take you to Australia Zoo and Dream World during Orientation Week."
"Student Guild is popular because they give you free stuff, and free food! But USC Activate is getting popular and PAK (Performing Arts Kollective) is a good one."
"Well we all know Student Guild and PAK is really popular, they even stage their own flash mobs on campus!"
Why did you join a club and what have you enjoyed about your involvement with a club?
"I have been involved with PAK from the start of 2012. I had been living on the coast for a few years and hadn't found many performing opportunities for university aged students and PAK was just forming and it appealed to me." Click here to read more on PAK.How easy is it to start your own club?"I would say it's easy to start it up because all you need to do is create a Facebook page these days. The hard part is keeping it going, but once you have people who are interested it can grow from there.""Well USC Activate started up last year (2012) by another student who recently graduated. I joined up last year (2012) and so did a couple of other boys and we basically tried to get the word out. It's all about trying new things and seeing parts of the coast you don't usually get to see; and getting involved in different sports." Read more here.
Does USC have any well-known sport teams?
"At USC we have many different sports like Basketball, Netball, Football, Volleyball and more but they are all under the same name: the USC Spartans. It's the same for other Australian universities as well."
USC running track.
Is it popular to attend sporting events at USC? Is there any competition between universities or club sports?
"To be honest I think sport at USC is more about social games rather than competition but it's different if you're in the intervarsity teams where you against other universities. Being in the intervarsity teams mean you would be participating in the Australian University Games."
"I think it's definitely popular to get involved with social sport."
"There's definitely competition! There's lots of students who are interested in team sports, it's just when the Australian University Games are on they're usually down in a different state!"
USC sports precinct.
Do many students participate in sports? Is there a separate athlete culture?
"Heaps of students play sports but I do it just socially. I have a few friends though who sign up for intervarsity sports very year."
The futsal USC Spartans at the Australian University Games 2013.
"I don't think there's a separate athlete culture. I would say students who study sport and exercise science might stick together though."
Click here to view the USC Sport Facebook page.
What is it like being a woman on campus?
"Being a woman on campus is awesome but I feel like men and women are equal at USC. I've never seen any gender preference in any of my classes or anything."
"I think it's amazing being a women at a top university. More and more women now are realising their own dreams and making them come true without the need to be just a stay at home mum. We may not have women's clubs or anything on campus but there is a few Women in Business organisations on the Coast and I fully intend to be apart of it."
What do girls wear?
"That's sort of a tough one, but I would say the style on campus is a combination of boho, relaxed look, boyfriend jeans, just-got-out-of-bed look and thongs (which is Aussie for flip flops!) or gladiator flats."
USC student Jodie Swile.
"Um, yeah I think girls on campus always look relaxed, maybe short-shorts is popular...and I've even seen people walk barefoot!"
"Playsuits are definitely in but I think we're a relaxed bunch of people on the Coast."
Are there women's clubs, women's organisations, a women's resource centre or women's studies program?
"I don't think the is any gender-based clubs on campus. USC tries to avoid exclusivity."
"I think the closest thing to a women's studies program would be midwifery!"
How do you feel about the gender ratio on campus?
"I think it's great, go girl power!"
"There's so many more women studying now then ever before, so it's awesome!"
Food & Drink
How many dining halls does USC have?
"Being a small university we only have one dining hall called the Brasserie but we also have two cafés on campus, Cafe C and Cafe J. Cafe C is located at C Block and Cafe J is at J Block near the art gallery."
Generally, how is the food? Do you like the food?
"I love the food at the Brasserie, it's only $5-$6 a meal and they change up the meals for breakfast lunch and dinner and have different meals for lunch and dinner every day. So like, on a Friday it would be chicken schnitzel or bangers (Aussie slang for sausages) and mash. There's also lots to choose from if you're a vegetarian and you can also buy sandwiches, salads and small items like hot chips, hot dogs and chicken pieces."
"Yeah the food is pretty good and cheap. They even have three microwaves to use and self coffee makers that make coffees, lattes, hot chocolates and stuff and they only cost a $1.80."
"The Brasserie is definitely cheap but you can also go to the local supermarket down the road, maybe a 15 minute walk and buy groceries to make your own meals at home or in your dorm. If your wanting to meet your teacher or friends for lunch you can also go to one of the cafés. Only thing is they're more expensive because it's all cafe style food but the meals available are all healthy. You can buy frittatas, gluten free and vegetarian sandwiches, salads and more."
"Sometimes there's free barbeques on campus too. The Student Guild, Red Frogs and AIME (Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience) usually have them throughout the year."
Student Guild sausage sizzle.
Where is your favourite place to eat on campus?
"I love the food at the Brasserie but sometimes it's too noisy so I'll eat just outside on the tables or on the grass with my friends."
Eating and studying in the library. Ground floor of the USC library.
"I'll eat at the Brasserie, sit at one of the cafés or just sit around uni. There's lots of seating around, even grass to sit on with the kangaroos! Just don't feed them though!"
"I like eating at the Uni Club, it's always so relaxed there and there's a pool!"
Do most people only eat at the dining hall?
"A lot of first year students do but it's not the only place to eat."
Cafe C lunch menu.
"When I first started at USC I ate there a lot but now I eat outside and sometimes in the library!"
What are some of the best meals or or food items people get excited for?
"A lot of people love the hot vegetarian options or anything with rice."
"Steamed veggies come with a few of the meals but I love chicken schnitzel."
"My favourite is when they make the lamb shanks! So good and so cheap!"
Are there any restaurants or fast food places on campus or within short walking distance?
"Subway and Eagle Boys Pizza are the closest as far as fast food goes which you can walk to."
Melomy's of the Meadows restaurant.
"The closest restaurants I know near USC would be the Chancellor Village Tavern or the Chancellor Village Chinese Restaurant. But you can also get to Rangoli Indian Restaurant or Melomy's of the Meadows by bus or car. They're not too far away either."
What do people do on weekends?
"So a typical weekend includes pub/bar crawling and definitely clubbing! Mooloolaba is party central so Club Envy is the spot for Thursday nights, Friday's is best on Friday and Saturday nights and Irish bar, O'Malley's is the place to be on Sunday nights. Yes Sunday nights! Have you heard of Pink's song Walk of Shame? Yeah that pretty much somes up the next morning... For those who didn't go home or to their own dorm (laughs)."
"Apart from clubbing there's plenty of things to see and do on the Sunshine Coast. You can go to the beach... Kings Beach, Dickey Beach and Currimundi are the closest. Or you can go to the shopping mall called the Sushine Plaza in Maroochydore, which is only 25 minutes by bus or car from USC."
Noosa, an hour North from USC.
"You can also check out Aussie World. It's sort of meant to be for younger people or kids but it's still fun! There's also the Bellingham Maize and Bli Bli Castle, which is not running tours anymore but is still amazing to see. We also have a huge water park in the Coast called AquaFun Park. And if you're wanting to venture out of the Sunshine Coast you can head to Brisbane City or to the Gold Coast and go to Dream World to see the Big Brother house, Movie World to ride the Superman or to White Water World or Wet 'n' Wild for summer."
Bli Bli Castle, Bli Bli.
Where do you go to for campus parties? Is it particular to what year of study your in?
"Some people have little dorm parties or house parties and sometimes the actual apartment block like Varsity or Uni Central will hold parties too. Varsity apartments have their own beach volley ball!"
"Most parties are open to whoever, like dorm parties. As long as you know someone staying there. House parties are more exclusive. You either get invited or you don't, but they're mostly ful of friendship groups who know each other at uni, so they're not just going to invite everyone."
"Last year sometime in semester 2 USC opened its own bar in the Brasserie on Wednesdays from 2pm-5pm! So we can actually drink right in campus one day a week, but it's only open for the last four weeks of each semester because they have a restricted liquor license."
Volleyball at Varsity.
How prevelant is alcohol and drug use?
"Alcohol is a major part of our culture in Austalia, whether you're kicking back with a cold one, enjoying a glass of wine, toasting champagne or hitting up the spirits! It might sound weird to other places in the world but drinking can be great if you don't go overboard."
"You don't need alcohol to have fun but it's hard to stay sober when you see all your friends drinking around you. I tend to be the designated driver!"
"I don't know anyone who take drugs but I've recently heard people have been spiking drinks in the clubs in Mooloolaba, whic is not good. Just be careful and don't let anyone look after your drink!"
Do you think people feel pressured into drinking on weekends?
"Definitely. I always feel pressured! Not because my friends are telling me too but because I see them drinking and I feel I should too."
"I think if you've agreed to be designated driver you don't feel pressured because they're counting on you to take them home but other than that I don't go out if I don't feel like drinking because it can cost a lot and sometimes I can't spend too much."
What are some alternatives to drinking or going to a party on a typical weekend?
"You can go to the movies at the Sunshine Plaza in Maroochydore, they do $10 tickets on Tuesdays and if you have a student card it's $9 on Mondays before 5pm with a Cinebuzz card."
Sunshine Plaza, Maroochydore.
"The beach is the place to be when you don't want to do anything else! Kings and Dickey Beach are great for surfing. Currimundi is good for surf but better for swimming. You can also drive up to Noosa for the day and swim and shop or head to Maleny or Montville for Sunshine Coast culture."
Do people tend to stick with one friend group or are they open to new people?
"You do tend to stick with your closest uni mates but I'm always open to new people."
Poet's Cafe (left) and Jasmin Cottage (right) in Montville.
"I'm open to new people but I do like the mates I currently have."
"I love meeting new people, it seems I make a new friend every semester. I think that's because you never get the same bunch of people in your classes."
Do you feel the social scene is more inclusive or exclusive?
"It depends I think, but I've never felt excluded from anything. USC is like it's own community and I've always felt welcomed."
"I think USC tries to make sure there is no exclusivity."
Do people party during the week?
"Absolutely! It might just be a few quite ones, but once you get going, more people come around and it turns into a small or maybe a big party."
Club Lot 104, Mooloolaba.
"It's during Orientation Week that everybody mostly parties during the week."
How easy is it to get around at night?
"It's pretty easy, you can get a cab, catch a bus up until 8:30pm I think or if you have a car everything's pretty close to get to."
"When you're out in Mooloolaba everything's within walking distance - the clubs, bars, restaurants, even the beach."
What are the dorms like, especially as a new student?
"They're pretty awesome, you get set up with two or three other housemates, with two girls and two boys or three girls and one boy."
"They're spacious, modern, and all of them have their own pool!"
"It's sort of scary moving in with people you've never met before but I don't know, I found it pretty good. Varsity and Uni Central are so close to campus you'd never miss a class and the apartments are almost as modern as the university!"
Are there different housing options?
"If you don't live on campus in the dorms you can also find a place somewhere in Buderim or Sippy Downs, off-campus, where you still live with other housemates. If you move off campus you generally pick a bunch of mates to move in with. The uni will you help you find off-campus accommodation but it's up to you to figure the rest out though. Just look around for flyers at the uni or on realestate.com for places off-campus."
"I live at home, which is an hour away from USC. I just drive up here for classes. It's a long drive but atleast I don't have to pay rent!"
"I just moved up to Caloundra with my boyfriend. We both go to USC and we just decided it would be easier if we moved up, but we wanted to be together as well without living with other roommates! It's awesome and were only 15 minutes drive from USC."
"If you still want to live off-campus but want the luxury of having it basically set up for you like Varsity and Uni Central then The Village is for you."
Can you pick a roommate or are you randomly assigned?
"If you're applying to live on campus you will be randomly assigned housemates."
How safe are the dorms?
"All the dorms are very safe. They all have lock-up garages and have 24 hour surveillance. The staff also work until late every day in case something happens but also for general safety."
Are there specific dorms for new students?
"There isn't any specific dorms for new students, you just get put with whoever!"
Is everyone required to live in a dorm?
"No, not at all! You can live where ever you want to attend USC."
"No, you don't have to live on campus at USC but I would recommend it if you've moved from a rural area because it would be easier and safer and you would get to know the campus really well."
"You don't have to live on campus or even live near USC to attend, but if you live far enough that you need to get public transport or you have to drive, make sure you have a car or live close to buses or trains."
Is it popular to live off campus as a third year, fourth year etc. student?
"I think it's more popular to live on campus but I know heaps of people who live off-campus and I guess in some ways it would be better because you can have whoever you want stay the night and for however long! If you live on campus you can only have another person who doesn't live with you stay only one night in one week. So you couldn't have another friend stay the next night."
"Yeah I rekon it's more popular to live off-campus as a third or fourth year student. You sort of have less rules!"
Do the dorms do any bonding activities?
"The dorms tend to have parties to get everyone to get to know each other I think but not really set activities."
"Yeah, I think they have things like parties so everyone can meet and make new friends but as far as I know there's no activities set up every week or anything."
Exploring the Sunshine Coast
What is the area USC is in like?
"Sippy Downs is where USC is located and it's very close to Buderim, making it a very small area between Buderim and Chancellor Park. It's very quiet in the surrounding suburbs but easy acces to public transport."
"Sippy Downs is a small area but it's literally five minutes from the Sunshine Coast Motorway, which if you drive on the motorway it will take you right into Maroochydore, Mooloolaba, Alexandra Headlands and Caloundra, which are all Sunshine Coast's major cities."
"A quiet little town, with shops close-by, great public transport, nice people and near the beach!"
Chancellor Park Shopping Village.
Are there restaurants or stores within walking distance?
"The closest shopping village to USC is the Chancellor Park Shopping Village which is down the road from the entrance to USC. It has a supermarket, which is called Woolworths here, sort of like a Walmart...it has little restaurants, like Subway for fast food, an Indian and Chinese restaurant, the Chancellor Park Tavern and Melomy's of the Meadows, which is a cute little restaurant. There's also a Video Ezy to rent movies, a pet shop and major banks like the Commonwealth Bank."
"To walk to our nearest shopping village would be about 15 minutes but the bus from uni would also take you there. We have our own bus depot on campus. All you need is a student Go Card to travel on public transport which you can get from uni, the local news agent or from a service station."
USC bus depot.
Are there nightlife options in the city or in Sippy Downs?
"There's only the local Tavern in Sippy Downs, which isn't much fun. Taverns are popular for over 40's. The nightlife is all in Mooloolaba as well as popular restaurants like Montezuma's, a Mexican restaurant. Or you can head to the plaza in Maroochydore, some people head there for some drinks because they have The Beach House. You have to try their chips with aioli sauce!"
"The best places to head out to are in Mooloolaba. Taps, Lot 104 and Friday's are my favourite spots."
"Yeah, you got Irish bar O'Malley's there as well which goes off on Sunday nights and Club Envy in Maroochydore is awesome for Thursday nights. If you're thinking 'why Thursday nights?' It's because Thursday night is Uni Night! Which means it's cheaper for university students on Thursdays!"
How is the relationship between USC and Sippy Downs?
"It's brilliant because it's the only university on the Sunshine Coast. Sure we have a USC campus at Noosa and Gympie, which are both further north but there is no other choice or competition and there doesn't need to be."
"It's awesome because USC is close to everything. All I need is a beach and a shopping centre!"
"It's great because the Sunshine Coast is such a relaxed place to be, sure we have cities, but they're only small and they're all on the beach. Whenever you get to the next town there'll always be a beach to relax at, awesome beach style shopping, fast food and restaurants everywhere... We are truly spoilt for choice."
What do you like best about Sippy Downs?
"I love the fact you can pretty much go anywhere on the Coast easily."
"I love how it's generally a quiet area and it's awesome because it's mainly made up of uni students so we're all in the same boat."
"The beach is my haven, no matter what beach or where as long as I'm near one I'm happy!"
What don't you like about Sippy Downs?
"I wish there were nearby clubs and bars so we didn't have to go all the way into Mooloolaba as it's about half an hour from here."
Inside the Sunshine Plaza, Maroochydore.
"I wish we had a bar nearby that we could easily walk to in Sippy Downs."
"I would love it even more if we had our own shopping centre, maybe not as big as the plaza but one that had clothes shops like Valley Girl or City Beach!"
Do students often go off-campus or do off-campus activities?
"There's only so much you can do on campus besides class and study so yeah everyone goes off-campus for one reason or another. Clubbing, beaches, shopping, sight-seeing, bush walking, camping, etc."
"A new rock climbing gym is opening near USC too so I can imagine lots of students will be wanting to go off-campus for that. USC Activate also takes you off-campus to enjoy parts of the Sunshine Coast too."
Do students do internships or work experience off-campus during the semester?
"Yes, absolutely they do. The keen ones try to do an internship every time they have a break between semesters."
Sunshine Coast Daily car.
"I myself have done many internships during the semester and during the breaks. I've also flown to Sydney to do some work experience with different magazines."
"Most people do internships and work experience these days. I recommend getting straight into to it after your first year of uni at least. The more experience you have under your belt the easier it will be to get a job!"
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