Living in Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie is one of the state’s largest towns and a popular holiday destination with an array of seasonal events, a thriving central business district and affordable housing which can be found within walking distance from the beach.

  • Aerial view of Port Macquarie township and beaches
  • Groups of people sitting in a cafe courtyard
  • Groups of people watching yachts sailing past the jetty.
  • Children playing in a park
  • Exterior view of the Port Central shopping mall
  • People walking along a beach side path
  • Sunset view of a headland and lighthouse

Why is Port Macquarie a great place to live and study?

  • great location and climate
  • safe and friendly community
  • low cost of living
  • Australian beachside lifestyle
  • no traffic or long times in public transport
  • natural, clean and quiet
  • part-time work opportunities

With its relaxed and friendly atmosphere, this location provides an ideal environment to nurture a healthy mind and body that is conducive to learning.


The region offers a fantastic lifestyle in a rapidly growing city that has a diverse economy with comparatively affordable and accessible land, and plenty of business opportunities to choose from. The top industry sectors for employment in Port Macquarie are in Health Care and Social Assistance, Retail Trade, Education and Training, Construction, and Accommodation and Food Services.


Over the past five years, the population of the Port Macquarie region has grown at an average rate of 1.62% per annum. In 2015, the population in the Greater Port Macquarie region was around 78,128.


Greater Port Macquarie enjoys one of the best climates in Australia, with the average temperature ranging from 7°C to 27°C.


As a student living in one of our campus locations, you will experience a lower cost of living compared to metropolitan areas. Students can choose to with live on-campus or off-campus. On-Campus accommodation will be available from February 2018. However, should they choose to live off-campus, rental properties close to the beach, shops and campus start from about $200 per week.

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