Students Studying at HOTA
Students Studying at HOTA


Experience Gold Coast’s education stream is the peak industry body supporting education providers, students and the City's opportunities in research, employment, enterprise, education and investment. 

Australia's Favourite Classroom

Positioning our training and education sector as one of the city’s fundamental economic pillars, Experience Gold Coast serves to unite and advocate for more than 200 local education institutions, universities, schools, colleges and training providers. 


With support from the City of Gold Coast and the sector, Experience Gold Coast promotes our vibrant city as the first choice of destination to study for international, interstate and local students. The Gold Coast is recognised globally for providing world-class education, training, innovation and opportunity against a backdrop of an unrivalled destination where every student feels welcome. 


Experience Gold Coast will continue to grow the city’s international student cohort, increase the number of graduates with a university education, improve employment opportunities in the education and training sector, and cement the Gold Coast’s reputation as Australia’s favourite classroom. 

Advocacy & Support

Experience Gold Coast’s education stream also operates as a membership organisation and provides an exclusive suite of benefits to over 90 members including Southern Cross University, Griffith University and Bond University as well as TAFE Queensland Gold Coast, numerous language schools and Registered Training Organisations. 


Experience Gold Coast’s study sector also provides crucial resources, support and practical information to students including accommodation advice, assistance navigating real estate systems, referrals to legal and community organisations, wellbeing services and social connection. From helping students find affordable housing and part-time work, visa applications and career opportunities, the organisation ensures the best possible experience for students living and studying in a new or foreign city. 

Gold Coast Student Hub

During weekdays, Experience Gold Coast also runs the Gold Coast Student Hub in Southport - a unique networking, collaboration and study space. With monthly social events, modern workstations, free Wi-Fi and resources, this inclusive facility is the ultimate social, study and support space for domestic and international students.

Experience Gold Coast will continue to educate the community about the value of the sector, provide meaningful student experiences and promote the economic value of the industry in order to expand the city's talent pool, attract more employers and add depth to the city's social fabric.


Experience Gold Coast acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we are situated, the Kombumerri families of the Yugambeh Language Region. 
We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging, and recognise their continuing connections to the lands, waters and their extended communities throughout Southeast Queensland.