Accommodation TAFE Cairns

Accommodation Choices for Tafe, Cairns – Australia

    • Sporting events, festivals, nature, cultural events…. Cairns has it all! A tropical city, Cairns offers a relaxed lifestyle and beautiful surroundings. With over two million visitors from overseas and Australia alike, Cairns is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Australia.

      The TAFE Queensland North, Cairns Campus, is just 4 kilometres from the city centre of Cairns. Public transport is available to and from the campus.

      TAFE Cairns Campus does not have on-campus housing, but there are many options available. offer a range of accommodation options close to the university starting from just $27.50 per night

    OTHER Off Campus Accommodation Choices

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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 TAFE, 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 Tafe consist of local buses, bicycles or car. 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. 

 Where to eat at TAFE Cairns


Tafe restaurants and cafés provide the opportunity for our apprentices and students to showcase their new talents in the kitchen and front-of-house as they learn from TAFE teachers who have years of industry experience.

The Queenslander and Tropics Restaurant – Cairns Campus

Located in the Tourism and Hospitality Building (S Block), Tropics Restaurant and The Queenslander are our award-winning training restaurants. Prices are reasonable and the food extremely creative using our region’s best quality seasonal ingredients.

Dates depend on the student class calendar.

Dates and times for lunch at Tropics Training Restaurant

For restaurant bookings, opening times and private function enquiries, phone (07) 4042 2601.

Tropics Café – Cairns Campus

Tropics Café and Coffee Shop is situated on the ground floor of S Block. At the Tropics Café a variety of hot and cold dishes are prepared daily by apprentice chefs and served by food and beverage students as part of their course training. Fresh bread prepared by apprentice bakers is also available. Prices are reasonable with daily specials available.

Tropics Café also has a loyalty program for regular customers with the tenth coffee being free. The same applies to milkshakes.  The Tropics Café is open to the public and is very popular with students and staff. Opening times are from 9:00am to 2:30pm weekdays, during semester time.

International Kitchen – Cairns Campus

Situated undercover surrounded by a tropical garden, the International Kitchen can seat up to 40 people. Students are welcome to use the central food preparation area which contains a large refrigeration unit, microwave, hot and cold water system and basic kitchen utensils. The common area is located next to the International Student Unit, new Nursing simulation room and modern training rooms.

George Coates Restaurant – Townsville Campus

Located at our Townsville campus, George Coates Training Restaurant has a reputation for serving delicious three course meals and extravagant buffets without blowing your budget.

The restaurant is open to the public throughout the year. Dates depend on the student class calendar.

Dates and times for George Coates Restaurant

Bookings essential, phone (07) 4750 5707.

L-Plates Café – Townsville Campus

Situated at our Townsville Campus in Pimlico, L-Plates Café provides students with the opportunity to develop their skills in a real-life cafe style environment. Food is prepared by our cookery students. The café provides our students with the opportunity to showcase their talents in the kitchen and front-of-house. All students are fully supervised by qualified teachers who have years of industry experience.

Dates depend on the student class calendar.

Dates and times for L-Plates Café

To book your table phone (07) 4750 5707.

Palmers Restaurant and Coffee Shop – Cannonvale Campus

Palmers Training Restaurant is located at our Cannonvale campus in the heart of The Whitsundays.

Treat the family to first class meals at affordable prices. The restaurant is open to the public throughout the year for lunch and dinner.