Accommodation James Cook University – Cairns

Accommodation Choices for James Cook University, Cairns – Australia

    • Northern Queensland – a holiday destination popular with tourists. Visitors from overseas and other parts of Australia come to enjoy the relaxed lifestyle and warm, sunny weather. Cairns has a mix of cultures, and also a lower cost of living compared to the major Australian capital cities, making it a desirable destination for overseas students.

      JCU offers on campus housing, with activities that will keep you engaged and entertained. The seven-storey residence building offers several different living options, including studio and six bedroomed apartments, with either private or shared bathroom facilities. All bedrooms are lockable and include air conditioning and Wifi are also . The apartments are self-catering, and include cooking facilities. There are also BBQ facilities in the courtyard for use. The facility has an Onsite Manager and support team, ensuring students are supported in their residence.

      Additionally offer a range of accommodation options close to the university starting from just $27.50 per night

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    Student AccommodationStudentBNB

    Provides students with the ultimate in flexibility, payment options and selection.

    To search, browse and book accommodation near to JCU head to StudentBNB booking portal. StudentBNB have fixed national pricing so you don’t have to hunt for better deals or wonder about inclusion. Each Student BNB includes Linen, laundry use, kitchen, lounge, private bedroom and shared or private bathroom. You also have the choice of room rental only and self catering or you can also purchase a range of meal options if desired, all flexible.  With StudentBNB you just pay as you go, you can extend fortnightly or monthly to help manage your budget.

    • * You are NOT required to pay a bond or sign a lease
    • *Fixed pricing on every property
    • * No placement or booking fee
    • * Electricity, water and bed linen are provided as part of your weekly rental.
    • * Simply book for the time you require and pay securely online or via direct banking transfer – SEARCH NOW

    student accommodation gbsHomestay

    Homestay provides the opportunity to live and experience life in Australia with an Aussie family. This service is provided through GBS assisted booking, where we will help match you to a suitable family and home based on your preferences. There is a small booking fee for this service to ensure a quality homestay match.  Homestay provides you with not only a cultural experience but also meal options and additional family support while you settle into Australia.

    Safer Options. When booking accommodation through StudentBNB or Homestay you have peace of mind that the properties have been inspection and completed a certification process to ensure they are suitable for student accommodation – BOOK NOW


    You can rent properties through real estate agents, sharing with other students or direct to with the public but please be aware of the following additional  costs and requirements.

    • Costs to Add:
    • * Bond – 4weeks rent plus two weeks rent in advance. Bond can be kept if property is not vacated in a suitable condition.
    • * Lease – contract committing to a set amount of time typically a minimum of 6 months
    • * Internet connection and monthly cost
    • * Electricity connection and monthly cost
    • * Water monthly cost
    • * Food
    • * Transport

    Public Transport

    Transport options around JCU consist of local buses, bikes or cars. To access public transport you will require to purchase a GO card. This is a tap on/ tap off transit card that you can purchase and top up at 7Eleven, Local train, bus stations and newsagent. To search transport bus and train number go to Google maps and type in your departure and arrival address and arrival time and you will see distance and transport times. See the website Translink for further bus and train information.

    JCU have a range of food and drink options available on campus – whether you want a sit down meal at a café, there is something on the go, or just a cup of coffee!.

Miss Sushi @ JCU offers a wide selection of fresh and healthy sushi, sashimi, hot food, yoghurt, and fruit salad, as well as excellent coffee, teas, cold drinks and cakes. They also cater for gluten-free, lactose-free and vegetarian diets.

Party platters are also available on request. Contact Miss Sushi @JCU on 4755 0091 for free delivery on campus.

Location -Ground Floor, Education Central, Building 134 (Map)Open 7.30am to 5pm, Monday to Friday

Phat Boi offers fresh sushi and salads, yum cha and coffee to go.

Location -Ground Floor, The Science Place, Building 142 (Map)

Casa Pasta for authentic Italian pasta and award winning coffee.Location -Ground Floor, The Science Place, Building 142 (Map)Aroma Café 

For quality coffee and fresh, simple meals and snacks.

Location -Ground Floor, The Science Place, Building 142 (Map)

Juliette’s offers a range of high quality artisan gelato, barista brewed coffee and in-house baked sweets and snacks.

Location – Ground Floor, Eddie Koiki Mabo Library, Building 18 (Map)Open 8am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday

Jamaica Blue offers a variety of delicious organic coffees, as well as delicious snacks and hearty meals. Come in for fresh in-house dining.

Location – Ground Floor, Clinical Practices Building, Building 500 (Map)Open 7am to 4pm, Monday to Friday

Supa IGA offers fresh produce, meat and bread, as well as pre-made lunch and snack items, and grocery lines. Conveniently located in the Clinical Practices Building, Supa IGA offers the convenience of supermarket shopping without having to leave campus.

Location -Ground Floor, Clinical Practices Building, Building 500 (Map)Open 6am to 10pm, Monday to Sunday

D’Lish offers breakfast until 10am, as well as salads, pies, and a selection of gourmet wraps, focaccia, panini and baguettes. Add coffee, milkshakes, healthy juices, cakes, muffins, and more!

Location – Ground Floor, The Cairns Institute, Building D3 (Map)

The FoodLab is a 24-hour space with a kitchen, fridges, and microwaves so you can store and prepare your own meals at any time.

Location -The FoodLab is located at the side of the Library, Building B1 (Map)

The Refectory is open from 7am to 4pm and offers hot food, as well as a selection of sandwiches and wraps.

Location Building A25 (Map)