JCU Cairns Student Accommodation | UniLodge John Grey Hall

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Dream of living near Uni?

This purpose built, on-campus facility offers student accommodation in Cairns located just a stone’s throw from classes at James Cook University Cairns. Living on campus is a great way to experience uni life, as there’s always a social or cultural event happening – whether it’s fun orientation activities, international food nights or a block function.

James Cook University is offering up to ten scholarships specifically for residents who need to relocate to study at JCU Cairns. This scholarship is designed to support students overcoming financial hardship, drought, disability or other circumstances which would significantly impact their capacity to fully engage in tertiary studies. This scholarship is fully funded by JCU, if you are eligible and interested in applying then click here!

Living options at John Grey Hall include Studios or six-bedroom multi-share student apartments, and all are equipped with cooktop, oven, microwave and refrigerator. A 42-metre long internal grass courtyard features shared BBQ facilities and is the perfect place to relax and hang out with friends.

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Shared BBQ
Study Rooms onto Courtyard

Property Facilities

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BBQ facilities are located on the rooftop observatory and the ground floor. Residents can enjoy a BBQ with friends, residents or prepare a dinner for one. The BBQs are electric and residents can use them free of charge.

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Bicycle Racks

Bike racks are available to all residents in the bike storage located on the ground floor, undercover, secure and free of charge. Bike racks are also available external to the building. 

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Media Room

The Media Room is located on the ground floor of John Grey Hall in one of our common areas. The room includes a surround sound system, black-out curtains, bean bags and a large HD screen for the best in-home movie experience.

John Grey Hall also provides an XBOX, Wii and the latest video games.

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Common Areas / Lounges / Games Room

UniLodge John Grey Hall has multiple common areas located on the ground floor, which residents have full access to. As well as the Media Room, the common areas include a recreational room was amazing features such as HD TV, pool table, ping-pong table and a share fridge.

Located on the 7th floor, the Skydeck Observatory offers exceptional 360 views of Cairns, as well as, a chill out area with a TV and BBQ facilities.


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Car Park

There are 120 car parking spaces available on the property, which are free for residents. The car parks are subject to availability and require a permit, which can be obtained from reception.

John Grey Hall offers a share car to residents, for making short trips.

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A gym fitted with treadmills, cross trainer, indoor rower, indoor cycle, dumbbell set and medicine set is available on site to all residents at no extra charge! Located on the ground floor.

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The kitchen in your apartment has all of your basic essentials, including: fridge/freezer, toaster, kettle, cooktop, ducted range hood and microwave oven.

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The laundry room includes debit/credit card swipe washing machines and dryers. Access to the laundry is available 24/7, so you can do your washing at any time of the day.

The laundry is located on the ground floor and it costs $4 per load in the washing machine and $4 per load in the dryer.

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Outdoor Observation Skydeck

Located on level 7, the Observation Skydeck offers 360 degree views of Cairns, whilst providing a shaded lounging area. The skydeck has BBQ and TV facilities.

There is also an outdoor grass area on the ground floor with seating and BBQ's.

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On-site Staff

Our on-site friendly customer service focused staff offer general assistance and pastoral care services – you will always have someone there for you.

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Printing facilities are available in the study rooms on the ground floor and you pay via your JCU student card which you apply credit.

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Public Transport Stops

The property is in a great location with close access to public transport close by connecting residents to Cairns CBD, beaches and surrounding suburbs.

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Shops and Restaurants in Precinct

JCU offers two on-campus cafes for easy breakfasts, lunches and coffee. The Campus Village Shopping Centre, within walking distance, has a range of shops, restaurants and fitness facilities.

Smithfield Shopping Centre is a 5 minute drive from John Grey Hall and offer two supermarkets, numerous shops and a cinema. It can also be accessed via public transport.


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Bedrooms Secure – Electronic
With your security and safety in mind, access to your floor and apartment is via swipe card.

Building Security
Resident safety is a number one priority for UniLodge management. The property features secure access on all external doors which means that no one can enter the building without swipe card access or unless in the company of a resident or staff. Onsite management and after hour’s staff are always available in case of emergency.

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Study Rooms

Study spaces are located on the ground level and provide quiet spaces for group and individual study sessions.

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Only shared apartment living rooms have a TV.
There is a TV in the gym, recreational room and media room all on the ground floor. There is also a TV on the observatory deck on the top floor.

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Vending Machines

There is a vending machine located in the recreational room that takes credit/debt card.

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WIFI / Internet

Wi-Fi is available in common areas.
Internet - You can access the internet via the JCU network on multiple devices for free, no bill ever!

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Community Background

Be a part of our community

Mixing study periods with a meaningful social life is a balancing act and it shouldn’t cost you the earth. We know that every dollar counts when you are a student so our properties are designed to maximise the social spaces within and provide you with opportunities to mix with likeminded people through our Community Spirit Program. We host many different events each month many which you can check out on the UniLodge Resident Hub for IOS or Android and on our Event pages.