Bond University

Bond University is a private not-for-profit university located in Robina, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. The university is set on a 49.86 hectare campus. Created in the traditions of the world’s leading private universities, a series of grand sandstone faculty buildings line a landscaped promenade leading down to the tranquil man-made lake. In the independent 2012 Good Universities Guide Bond University is the highest rating Australian university, receiving the maximum five stars across the most key performance indicators. Bond was also the highest rating Australian university in the Good Universities Guide in 2007 and 2009, and received an equal second-highest rating in 2008 and 2010. The study facilities at BU are world-class, incorporating high-tech lecture theatres, the latest broadband and wifi computer connections, and libraries that are ranked among Australia’s best.


Campus facilities

The campus features a series of Faculty sandstone buildings centred around man-made Lake Orr. The Bond University campus boasts state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities and infrastructure. There is a wide array of on-campus accommodation and dining options with additional accommodation within walking distance of the campus.

The John and Alison Kearney Library services the University in two locations on campus, the Main Library and the Law Library

The 48-hectare campus also includes a Sports and Recreation Centre, with Olympic-size swimming pool, gymnasium, multi-purpose sports hall, squash/tennis/beach volleyball courts, and rugby/soccer fields.

It is serviced by TransLink bus routes and bike paths, with buses also running between the campus and Varsity Lakes and Robina railway stations, and to the Gold Coast shopping centres Robina Town Centre and Pacific Fair.


Academic calendar

Autumn semester: Mid Septmber - December (including exam period)

Spring semester: Mid January - end April (including exam period)

Bond University organise Orientation Week which will be your introduction to university life at Bond and perfect time to make friends, find your way around campus and finalise your enrolment at Bond. O-Week features an exciting program of social activities, places to relax and make friends, as well as information booths to help you get ready for university life.

Academic life

Australian universities, place a lot of emphasis on completion of written assignments, essays, presentations and examinations. Modules and classes are called "units". Assessment varies for unit of study within different faculties and for units of study at different year levels.

A full-time workload is determined by the number of credit points, not the number of units of study. Most units of study have a credit point value of 6 credit points. Some units may be slightly more or less ranging from 3 credits to 12 credits.

For more information visit Exams & Assessments page on BU website.


Please contact your Head of Programme or Academic Advisor for more details.

Passing requirements

Please contact your Head of Programme or Academic Advisor for more details.

Disability provisions

Please contact the IPO for more information regarding the support services at Bond University.


Surrounded by pristine golden beaches and lush rainforest hinterland, Bond University is located only 10 minutes from the Gold Coast surf, and 45 minutes from Brisbane.  The Gold Coast has an international airport making trips overseas (or home) during breaks very accessible and for visitors it is one of Australia’s premier tourist destinations. Make the most of a balanced study/social life, glorious sunshine with vibrant cultural precincts, shopping and dining.

The Gold Coast is a multicultural, vibrant place to live. Gold Coast City has been identified as one of the most desirable places in the world to live based on political, social, economic and environmental factors, personal safety and health. 

With 21 beaches stretching along 35 kilometres of coastline, surfing is one of the most popular recreational sports on the Gold Coast.

The Gold Coast Hinterland boasts some of the best bushwalking in Australia, with hundreds of kilometres of well marked trails networked through the World Heritage rainforests of Springbrook, Lamington and Mount Tamborine National Parks.


There are a range of options on the Gold Coast for rental and share properties. Some of the suburbs surrounding Bond University include:

  • Varsity Lakes - surrounded by Lake Orr, Varsity is a convenient suburb with Bond University in walking distance. Varsity Lakes is midway between the beach and the Pacific Motorway.

  • Robina -  is a central hub boasting the Robina Town Centre shopping centre, train station linking the Northern Gold Coast and Brisbane, and a football stadium. 

  • Burleigh Heads - is a more relaxed suburb home to great beaches and Burleigh Headland which is great for sunset picnics. Burleigh Heads has a number of restaurants, coffee shops and boutiques.

  • Miami -  a beachside suburb which hosts Rabbit & Cocoon a creative hub which regularly holds local designer markets, live music and street food markets.

  • Mermaid Beach - is sandwiched between the famous dining precints Broadbeach and Nobby Beach, while maintaining a quiet beachside atmosphere.

If you are looking for that student community feel, Bond University also offers a number of on-campus accommodation options.

Cost of living

Your cost of living will vary according to your lifestyle and requirements. More information on on living expenses can be found on BU page.



The IPO will contact you one semster before you are due to go to Bond University to let you know the documents that need to be completed in order to apply for your semester at BU. There are a number of documents you will be asked to provide in support of your application such as a transcript, a copy of your passport, evidence of financial support for the duration of your stay.

Health Insurance - Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)

Under the terms and conditions of your student visa, international students are required to have and maintain OSHC for the entire duration of their stay in Australia. OSHC gives you access to out-of hospital and in-hospital medical services to help you maintain your health. Overseas Student Health Cover provided by Allianz Global Assistance is Bond University’s preferred provider for OSHC. Please note all costs are presented in Australian dollars.

Visa requirements

• Ensure that you apply for the 'Subclass 575 Non-award' student visa. Details about this Subclass can be found on the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) website.

• First, check to see if you are able to apply for your student visa online. This can be done by consulting DIAC's Internet Services - Overseas Students Studying in Australia weblink.

• If you are unable to apply online, you will need to take your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) form, your Letter of Offer and proof that you have the funds to support yourself financially in Australia you will ned to apply to your nearest Australian Visa Office.

• You should check the length of time it takes to get a visa before submitting your application so that you allow enough time. Please note that the length of time it takes to get a student visa may be dependant on specific Assessment Levels and Assessment Factors.

International students have certain rights and responsibities imposed under Australian Government legislation called the ESOS Framework. Further information can be found on the ESOS Framework website.

Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)

The Australian Government requires all international students and their dependents, who are undertaking formal studies in Australia, to maintain Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC). Bond University's preferred provider of OSHC is Allianz Global Assistance, please visit  for details. The only exceptions to this regulation are students from Norway and Sweden. The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) advises that students who do not maintain their OSHC may risk cancellation of their visa.

Students need to arrange suitable OSHC before arriving in Australia so that they are covered from the time they arrive in Australia. They will also need to maintain OSHC for the duration of their studies. OSHC is a health insurance policy to cover medical and hospital care costs that you may need while in Australia. OSHC will also pay for most prescription drugs and emergency ambulance transport.

Further information is available from the Department of Health and Ageing website

This is for your information only, it is the student's responsibility to obtain the correct visa.



Please note: The information on this page is accurate at the time of publishing. Some details have been sourced from external websites.




Country: Australia
Language of tuition: English
Level of study: Undergraduate
Partner type: Bilateral Exchange partner

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