Free Concierge Services
Isn’t it nice to have someone you can call upon to provide any information you need and assist you with all aspects of attending Bond University? Our staff are all Bond University Alumni so you can ask us any question and know you are getting an answer that comes from actual experience. Our North American based staff are here to help you with absolutely EVERYTHING you need to become a student at Bond University, including:
FLIGHT DATES FOR STUDENTS STARTING IN SEPTEMBER 2018
Depart: September 1, 2018 (final destination is Brisbane "BNE" or Gold Coast "OOL")
Return: December 16, 2018 or any day thereafter (if you plan to return home for the semester break)
Remember, you skip a day when traveling to Australia from North America. Therefore, to land on Monday, September 3, you need to depart on Saturday, September 1.
The earliest you can check-in to on-campus rooms and most off-campus apartments is Monday September 3 which is a very quiet date on campus. Wednesday, September 5 is the first day of Orientation, but there are some welcome events (eg. BBQ) on Tuesday September 4.
If you plan to arrive earlier than September 3, you will need to make separate accommodation arrangements at your own cost. We can assist with this. Any such arrangements should be made as early as possible.
If you are doing a Bachelors or Masters degree at Bond, you don't need to return home for the August/September break and can stay in your room or apartment or elsewhere in Australia during the semester breaks (except for on-campus rooms during the December/January break when rooms are refurbished).
FLIGHT DATES FOR STUDENTS STARTING IN JANUARY 2019
Depart: January 6 or 7, 2019 (final destination is Brisbane "BNE" or Gold Coast "OOL")
Return: April 19, 2019 or any day thereafter (if you plan to return home for the semester break)
Remember, you skip a day when traveling to Australia from North America. Therefore, to land on Tuesday, January 8, you need to depart on Sunday, January 6.
The earliest you can check-in to on-campus rooms and most off-campus apartments is 9 am on Tuesday January 8. Wednesday, January 9 is the first day of Orientation but there are some events (eg. BBQ) on Tuesday January 8.
If you plan to arrive earlier than January 8, you will need to make separate accommodation arrangements at your own cost. We can assist with this. Any such arrangements should be made as early as possible.
If you are doing a Bachelors or Masters degree at Bond, you don't need to return home for the April/May break and can stay in your room or apartment or elsewhere in Australia during the semester breaks (except for on-campus rooms during the December/January break when rooms are refurbished).
Airlines, Routes and Pickup
Bond University is located on the Gold Coast which is approximately 500 miles north of Sydney (80 minute flight) and 43 miles south of Brisbane (55 minute drive).
There are two airports:
1) Brisbane International Airport (BNE) - 55 minute drive from campus
2) Gold Coast Airport (OOL) - 20 minute drive from campus
Brisbane is the only international airport for direct flights from the USA and Canada and is therefore the recommend destination airport. The Gold Coast airport is only better if you connect via Sydney. It doesn't matter which airport you land at. We will pick you up.
Airlines that fly direct to Australia from the USA are:
Airlines that fly direct to Australia from Canada are:
Here are the most popular flight routes to Bond University:
The flight to Australia from the USA (West Coast) is about 13 hours. The flight from to Australia from Vancouver is about 15 hours. There is also a direct flight to Sydney from Dallas (Qantas) and Houston (United) which are both 16.5 hours. But it's typically best to fly from LAX, SFO or YVR and go direct to Brisbane (BNE).
A typical round trip coach airfare is $1,500-$2,000 + for 6 month fares and $1,200 for 30 day fares.
We can pick you up at Brisbane airport or Gold Coast airport and drop you to your on-campus or off-campus housing (or hotel or anywhere you need to be dropped to). To book an airport pick-up, click here. If you don't use our airport pick-up service, here are your other options:
Australian Cell Phone Service
We provide all students with their own Australian cell phone SIM card (before you depart) to use with your current phone. So you will know your phone number and be ready to make and receive calls as soon as you land.
Shipping Luggage to Campus
It’s typically cheaper and easier to take excess luggage on your flight, but if you want to ship items instead, you can send them to:
YOUR NAME HERE
Building 10 (Student Court)
14 University Drive
Bond University QLD 4229
Australian Bank Account
The big four banks in Australia are:
For your personal account in Australia, the best option is Westpac which has 2 ATM's on campus so will be fee-free for cash withdrawals. Westpac's mobile app is also the best in Australia.
Bond University banks with Westpac so will make it easier to pay fees and get any refunds electronically.
There is a Westpac branch just 1 mile from campus (at the mall) so you can open an account there or do it online at: http://www.westpac.com.au/personal-banking/bank-accounts/moving-to-australia/banking/
For long term students, having an Australian account is the best and saves on fees from using a foreign debit/credit card. In addition, you can choose the best time to wire funds when the exchange rate is good.
For short term stays (eg. 1 semester), setting up an Austalian bank account isn't necessary.
You can still use your current ATM, debit and credit cards in Australia just like you do at home. Your bank or card may charge a fee for "international transactions" but some accounts don't charge this. Check with your bank.
When you do use your card overseas, your bank will do the foreign exchange conversion and debit your account the equivalent amount in your home currency.
Power Adapters for Electronics
Australian power outlets and voltage is different than North America (230V vs 110V). Devices such as hair dryers, straightener's and curling irons will blow up when you plug them in so don't bother bringing any of these items at all. It's better to buy new ones in Australia. They are not expensive.
For electronics such as your laptop, tablet, camera, iPod and cell phone etc, these already have power converters built-in to the power cable so will plug in and work fine with just a wall outlet adapter. The wall outlets in Australia have angled prongs so you need the adapter to allow your North American power cable to plug into an Australian outlet. These are cheap and easy to buy in Australia, however, you may also choose to get one (or 2 or 3) before you leave.
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Gold Coast Things to Do
Hold a Koala and feed kangaroos.
30 minute drive to some rain forrest and lots of antique stores and english tea and scone cottages.
Basically just a mall with restaurants and cafes at the marina where all the boats are. Also next door to the worlds first Versace Hotel (Palazzo Versace).
Outback Dinner Theatre Show
Skypoint Observation Deck at the top of the Q1 Skyscaper
Unless you are afraid of heights of course.
An incredible assortment of bars and dance clubs scattered around Cavill Ave and Orchid Ave and open all night long.
There are loads of boat tours, jet boat tours, sailing tours etc and these are easy to find if you are interested in these.
Splendour in the Grass
Giant music festival every July in Byron Bay (just 40 minutes from campus).
Magic Millions Horse Race
A "Kentucky Derby" style horse race.
Australian V8 Super Cars
Kind of like NASCAR, but the cars are sportier and drive around a race circuit instead of just round and round (and round and round).
Australian Rules Football
One of the most exciting spectator sports in the world. You have never seen anything like it. There's kicking, passing, bouncing, tackling and non-stop action. The Gold Coast has it's own team in the national league (The Gold Coast Suns) and Brisbane (nearby) also has a team (the Brisbane Lions). Make sure you get to a game at least once during your time at Bond.
Recommended Weekend Trips
Brisbane (1 hour drive North)
Byron Bay (1 hour drive south)
Sunshine Coast (2-3 hours drive north)
Sydney (1 hour flight south)
Melbourne (2 hour flight south)
Great Barrier Reef (3 hour flight north)