Living on campus will help you get the most out of your time at JCU. With a brand new complex for 300 students on-site in Cairns, living on-campus is a great place to make new friends, learn about the local culture and get the most out of your studies.


JCU Cairns has room for approximately 300 students to live on-campus. You can choose from a studio apartment, a standard 6 bedroom apartment or a 6 bedroom apartment with an ensuite. The on-campus residences offer a range of living and support options to suit individual preferences.


If you would prefer to live off campus, the JCU Accommodation team can assist you with finding off-campus housing in nearby share houses, private rental properties, homestays and hostels. We suggest checking in with the Accommodation team before signing a lease so that they can help you to understand all terms and conditions. There are also Homestay options if you’d like to live with an Australian family to get the full Aussie experience.


If you need accommodation for less than a semester or just for the first week or two until you are settled, we can definitely help you to find a place to stay. Just ask our friendly Accommodation team for assistance.


Whether you choose on-campus or off-campus accommodation, living in Cairns generally costs less than living in a capital city. This means you’ll have more money to spend on the fun stuff!