Further your education in the heart of the Australian tropics by attending university in Cairns. Surrounded by coral reefs and rainforests, Cairns is located in Far North Queensland. As the main gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest, the city is a major tourism hub.
But there’s more to Cairns than just famous tourist attractions. Home to several universities and colleges, it’s one of North Queensland’s leading study destinations for international and domestic students. The local population is just over 150,000, so it has the resources and convenience of a big city, but with less traffic, lower rents, and more nature reserves to explore compared with somewhere like Sydney or Melbourne.
Cairns’ friendly community features a diverse mix of cultures, so you’re sure to feel welcome in the city regardless of where you come from. UniLodge can help you learn more about our rental accommodation in Cairns.
Cairns’ James Cook University campus is famed for its scenic location. Bordered by rainforest-covered mountains, it can be found 15 kilometres from the central business district in the northern suburb of Springfield. Along with its pretty surrounds, JCU Cairns is also known for its state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities. Campus facilities include a comfortable library, cutting-edge science labs, a sporting oval, and a gym.
No matter what course you’re enrolled in, JCU has everything you’ll need to enjoy an active and social university experience. If you want to live as close to the university as possible, UniLodge John Grey Hall is located on campus at JCU.
Studying in Australia’s tropical north means you’ll have access to the best of everything this region has to offer – rainforests, coastal scenery, and James Cook University. If you’re looking to keep yourself entertained between classes and study sessions, Cairns is the perfect playground for off-duty students. The city’s esplanade is lined with restaurants and bars where you can dine out while overlooking the ocean. It also features a large swimming lagoon for when you want to cool off on humid days.
Catch a ferry out to the Great Barrier Reef to see the colourful coral and marine life, or head to the Daintree Rainforest and go hiking among ancient trees and rivers. Fly high above the treetops on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway or catch the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway.
To live within a stone’s throw of these incredible attractions, lock in your student accommodation in Cairns by booking with UniLodge.
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