Shafston?s Gold Coast campus is located in the centre of Southport, just minutes from Surfers Paradise and some of the best beaches in the world. Shafston Gold Coast offers the same excellent service and high standards of education that have been offered in Brisbane since 1996.
There are multiple classrooms, all newly refurbished with modern, comfortable tables and chairs. Each classroom is equipped with a large flat-screen monitor and/or data projector giving our teachers the opportunity to use the latest ESL teaching techniques and materials.
Free WiFi internet is offered throughout the College. To access this, students can use either the computer lab, or alternatively, use a lap-top computer provided by the College at no charge.
Also at this campus is the Shafston Cafe which gives students a place to relax between classes. An education hub has developed in Southport alongside the Gold Coast?s central business precinct. Within walking distance there is a major shopping centre, cafes, restaurants, Central Bus Station, the Broadwater Parklands, swimming pools, the beach, sporting facilities, library, dozens of share house apartments and many other community services.
Shafston employs a team of multi-lingual student support staff who are available to counsel students in their first language in relation to any issues they may be experiencing.
Common problems faced by students include: homesickness, struggling to adapt to the local culture, not understanding the public transport system, or finding it hard to find suitable employment or accommodation.
These experienced support staff have a good insight into common areas of concern and are ready to supply the necessary advice and recommendations. They are involved in student orientations and have regular interaction with students. This ensures that new students have immediate knowledge of, and access to, this student-support infrastructure.
The Gold Coast is a city which is home to over half a million residents. Commonly known as ?Australia?s favourite playground?, it is a world-renowned holiday destination due to its beautiful beaches, resorts, theme parks and restaurants. The Gold Coast also plays host to many events such as the Iron Man Triathlon, the Gold Coast Marathon, motor racing and other events.
The Gold Coast is the second biggest city in Queensland and sixth largest in Australia. Its economy is driven by tourism, but all types of commerce and industry can be found. During vacation season, the population expands due to incoming holiday makers from around the world who are keen to soak up the atmosphere and welcoming nature of the city. The seasonal population growth provides lots of opportunities for casual employment.