Sunny Townsville is Australia’s largest tropical city, it is Australia's largest urban centre north of the Sunshine Coast and considered the unofficial capital of North Queensland by locals. Townsville hosts a significant number of governmental, community and major business administrative offices. It is in the dry tropics region of Queensland, adjacent to the central section of the Great Barrier Reef, Magnetic Island, the Savannahs and country towns of the outback.
Townsville boasts up to 300 days of sunshine each year providing the ideal base for a variety of recreational activities including rainforest hikes, mountain biking, snorkelling or scuba diving on the Reef. Popular attractions include "The Strand", a long tropical beach and garden strip; Riverway, a riverfront parkland attraction located on the banks of Ross River; Reef HQ, a large tropical aquarium holding many of the Great Barrier Reef's native flora and fauna.
The cost of living in Townsville is low compared to major Australian capital cities, which makes it an ideal place to study at James Cook University and live in shared accomodation for students, with a variety of on campus accommodation options.
Living at UniLodge JCU Halls of Residences there are a variety of student apartments and single rooms to choose from all of which include:
- Unlimited WIFI, electricity and water
- King single bed, study desk and chair
- Shared BBQ facilities
- Car parking, bicycle storage and repairs facilities
- Common rooms, lounges, games room and outdoor setting
- Laundry facilities
- On-site staff and security
Rotary International House
Located on James Cook Drive in a self-catered 6 block shared accommodation building providing individual rooms with kitchen, living room, dining room and balcony shared between seven students. Rotary International House can accommodate up to 118 students surrounded by bush land providing a quiet setting and a community garden with fresh produce that can be accessed by all students.
George Roberts Hall
The newest of all halls on campus consists of eight blocks, each with up to 15 units consisting of three or four bedrooms. Each unit has a communal lounge, kitchenette and bathroom. George Robert Hall caters to all dietary requirements with three meals provided each day.
University Hall offers 240 rooms and is the most central of all campus residences. Providing a variety of living styles and catering to all dietary requirements with three meals provided each day. Situated closest to the dining hall, the Townhouses are large units with seven, eight or nine bedrooms sharing two bathrooms. The Village comprises 118 modular rooms with private bathroom and TV in a village-like environment. Just behind The Village is Clark Wing, a long corridor style with 60 rooms over three levels.