Enjoy an authentic Australian experience by studying in sunny Townsville. The country’s largest tropical city and the ‘unofficial capital’ of North Queensland, Townsville sits on a stretch of coastline parallel to the Great Barrier Reef. It serves as a gateway to many of Queensland’s outback attractions and boasts several universities and colleges.
Free of congestion and pollution, Townsville has all the advantages of a country town despite being the size of a small city. With a population of just under 180,000, it offers exciting education and career options without the downsides of big city living.
If you’re enrolled at James Cook University, UniLodge’s student apartments in Townsville will place you at the heart of the university’s student community. Start preparing for your academic adventure in the tropics by learning more about attending university in Townsville.
James Cook University is the largest teaching and research institution in North Queensland. The second-oldest university in the state, it has campuses in Townsville, Cairns, Brisbane, and even Singapore. The main Townsville campus is the university’s largest, covering 386 hectares in the suburb of Douglas (a second smaller campus is located in the central business district). With over 13,000 enrolments, JCU hosts students from all over Australia and the world.
The campus in Douglas sits adjacent to the Tropical North Queensland Institute of TAFE and the Townsville University Hospital, so the surrounding area has a large student population. Built on the banks of the Ross River, Douglas boasts plenty of green spaces and bikeways for students to explore.
UniLodge offers a choice of on-campus accommodation to JCU students, with the following options available:
No matter which of these locations you choose, all UniLodge student housing in Townsville offers an excellent standard of safety and social opportunities. Living on campus means you’ll be able to walk to class, and being surrounded by other students will make it easy for you to meet people and enjoy an active social life.
Along with its country town charm and laidback locals, Townsville hosts a number of governmental, community and major business administrative offices. It also has a lively nightlife and beautiful waterfront areas and is close to popular tourist attractions like Magnetic Island and the Great Barrier Reef.
Boasting up to 300 days of sunshine each year, the city’s climate is perfect for outdoor recreational activities like rainforest hiking, mountain biking and snorkelling. You could soak up the sunshine at The Strand, a strip of tropical beach and gardens along the waterfront, or explore the parklands on the banks of the Ross River.
The cost of living in Townsville is low compared to many other Australian cities, making it easy for students to enjoy a comfortable lifestyle on a modest budget. Get the most out of your student experience by booking your room at UniLodge student accommodation in Townsville.
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