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.

 image of port mac building and surrounds

Accommodation at CSU Port Macquarie

On Campus Accommodation

There will be 250 bedrooms available on campus from February 2018. Each room is fully furnished with a single bed, mattress, bedside table, desk, lamp, desk chair and wardrobe.

Each building block includes a shared kitchen, dining and common areas with dining table and chairs, lounges, TV's etc. The CSU accommodation fee of $290 per week includes usage of utilities, internet, maintenance, laundry costs, 24 hour security etc, however it does not include meals. The advantage is that it is a one minute to walk to class, and a two minute walk across the campus carpark to a large supermarket and other restaurants and cafes.

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Off Campus Accommodation

Reasonable off campus accommodation can start from around $150 a week.

Part-time work opportunities

Port Macquarie is a thriving community with plenty of opportunities for part-time work that will fit in and around your studies. Types of work include:

  • Retail (including clothing chain stores, supermarkets, petrol station attendants, pharmacies)
  • Hospitality
  • Aged care services
  • Theatre and cinema
  • Work with tourism operators
  • On campus work such as student ambassador, work in the library, student services)

At CSU we offer a career development service. Students can make individual appointments or attend workshops hosted by our dedicated careers staff member and learn where to look for work, how to prepare for an interview and complete a resume to meet Australian standards.

Neha Patel

Neha Patel, India – Master of Professional Accounting

"CSU Port Macquarie is a beautiful place to study. I have been able to find a part-time job at the local supermarket and in my spare time I like to go to the beach."