The University of the Sunshine Coast – A brief history


Dedicated to providing the very highest in educational experience in a relaxed and friendly environment, the University of the Sunshine Coast is a truly unique institution. Located at Sippy Downs, the campus provides a fresh and vibrant learning environment in truly idyllic surrounds. With over 7000 students, the University continues to expand and diversify to cater for their growing needs.

It all started with the planning for a new University in 1994, and two years later it opened, becoming the first greenfield university in Australia since 1971. In 1999, it was granted full university status and officially became the University of the Sunshine Coast. Since the very beginning, the University has been dedicated to creating a strong sense of community, encouraging innovative learning, and pursuing a goal of continuous campus development.

The site for the University was a former cane farm, chosen due to its convenient placement and ability to service the Sunshine Coast and surrounding shires. In 1996, the University opened its doors to 524 new students and has continued to grow ever since. Celebrating its 10 year anniversary in 2006 was a fantastic opportunity for the University to share its history and continual improvement with both students and the wider community.

While constantly building new infrastructure, the University has taken great care to preserve the natural environment and distinctly lush surrounds of the campus. Complemented by unique sub-tropical architecture, the University’s buildings have won multiple awards for design and construction.


To enhance the sense of community, there are a range of on and off campus attractions and facilities for staff and students. From the unique Innovation Centre to the impressive indoor Sports Stadium, there is always something to see and do at the University.
There are also 3 privately owned and fully furnished complexes located next to the campus to cater for student accommodation. All are modern and well-appointed, and linked by pathway to the University by a brief 3 minute walk.

Due to its convenient location, off campus accommodation is also abundant, with many places being advertised through the local paper or via real estate websites. The University also offers an Off-Campus Accommodation Register for students seeking a place to stay while they complete their studies.

The latest news for the University’s development is the planning of a retail precinct to be constructed on land directly opposite the entrance to the campus. With full support from the Sunshine Coast Regional Council, this brilliant opportunity is a fantastic development for the entire campus community. The University of the Sunshine Coast continues to make a name for itself as a vibrant and exciting place to pursue the very highest in academic excellence.

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