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James Cook University (Australia)

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About James Cook University (Australia)

One of the world's leading institutions focusing on the tropics, Australia's James Cook University is surrounded by the spectacular ecosystems of the rainforests of the Wet tropics, the dry savannahs, and the iconic Great Barrier Reef. Our unique location enables students from Australia and overseas to study in a diverse physical environment unparalleled by any university in the world.

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 JCU's main sites are located in tropical northern Queensland, a remarkable region where over a million visitors come each year to experience. 

Tropical northern Queensland is uniquely different to the rest of Australia, and possibly the world. The UN’s World Heritage Convention agrees. Both the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics rainforests are included on the World Heritage List for their natural values. Nowhere else in the world do two World Heritage regions exist side by side. 

But there is far more to tropical northern Queensland than these two precious regions. The coastal cities of Cairns and Townsville provide locals and visitors with modern sporting, cultural, entertainment and shopping facilities combined with a relaxed, laid-back lifestyle. 

Just west of Cairns lies the agriculturally rich Atherton Tableland and to the northwest the Gulf Savannah region with its fringing mountain ranges and wide open spaces. Cape York Peninsula occupies Queensland’s most northern corner and has enormous environmental diversity that is of great interest to scientists and visitors alike. Further north are the beautiful Torres Strait Islands, which have a unique history and fascinating Indigenous culture. 

More and more students from other parts of Australia and abroad are discovering the advantages of tropical northern Queensland as a study location. 

 JCU's main sites are located in tropical northern Queensland, a remarkable region where over a million visitors come each year to experience. 


The JCU Accommodation Office is a resource available to all JCU students looking for on or off-campus housing. The Accommodation Office assists students with theapplication process for living on-campus in Townsville and provides information to students wishing to live off campus.  James Cook University facilitate this website which is a database of privately owned and managed housing options in both Townsville and Cairns.

Short term accommodation is available for all students visitors and staff.

Guidance and advice is available through the Accommodation Office, however, students are expected to seek appropriate housing independently.

Townsville Colleges and Halls

  • George Roberts Hall 
  • Rotary International House 
  • Saints Catholic College 
  • St Mark’s College 
  • The John Flynn College 
  • University Hall 
  • Western Courts 


Courses available 10

Accounting and Finance 2 Agriculture & Related Subjects 1 Business and Management 1 Computer Science and IT 1 Health and Medicine 1 Hotel Management & Hospitality 1 Humanities & Social Sciences 2 Law 1


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