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    Find Your Student Accommodation in Cairns

    Cairns is a city in tropical Far North Queensland and is considered as the gateway to Australia's Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics World Heritage Rainforest. Home to the campus of James Cook University, it attracts a large volume of domestic and international students every year, making it difficult to find quality student accommodation in Cairns.

    The rising number of students flying to Cairns makes it challenging for universities to accommodate them all in the student hall, thereby creating a large demand for private student housing with campus-like facilities. These off-campus alternatives are located within walking distance of the city’s top universities to help residents cut down on both time and money on their daily commute. It’s easy to explore the city via the well-connected public transport system, which includes buses, trains, light rail, and ferries. All of these can be exclusively accessed by a Gocard, an electronic ticket. This can be purchased at airports, train stations, and at thousands of retail stores across Cairns.

    Those looking for a private student room in the city should visit student accommodation websites to compare the wide variety of options available and make an informed decision about the best student accommodation. All of these properties are fully-furnished and offer state-of-the-art amenities like a common lounge area, games zone, study room, card-operated laundry, fully-equipped gym, television, barbecue area, and more. Students can choose from a wide variety of room types based on their budget and other preferences – student apartment, student flat, shared and en-suite room, as well as a student studio. These are pre-verified by the University Living team and their channel partners to ensure compliance with our superior quality standards. These are bills-inclusive and feature the latest security measures because every student deserves a happy student home.

    Cairns is the 5th-most-populous city in Queensland and ranks 14th overall in Australia. It is a perfect destination for passionate divers, merry revelers, and adrenaline junkies, offering a booming nightlife and heart-pounding adventure amidst a vibrant, tropical setting. The city experiences a tropical climate, with hot, humid summers and milder temperatures in winter. You'll find bustling markets, brilliant cafés, and plenty of beaches nearby. Cairns has a thriving café scene, with many trendy cafés dotted along Spence and Grafton streets. Blend in with the locals at Rusty's Markets (Friday to Sunday), where you can stock up on fresh local produce from more than 180 stalls. All of this and more make this a popular destination for students from around the world aspiring to start a new life in Cairns.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    How can I rent a student home in Cairns?
    You can book your home away from home in 3 easy steps: 1. Select your favourite accommodation 2. Pay the security deposit if required 3. Booking confirmed In all these steps you will be provided free guidance from our team of student housing experts.

    What are the different types of student accommodation in Cairns?
    University Living offers purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) close to various universities like James Cook University and CQ University Cairns, with fewer restrictions and more options, so the students can enjoy a comfortable duration of stay. You can pick from shared and private rooms, studios, and apartments. We also provide short-term stays for students in summer school and exchange programmes.

    What are the different types of student rooms in Cairns?
    The major room types are: Sharing: This is where 2 or more students share a single room, washroom, kitchen, and other communal spaces. En-suite/Private: This includes a private bedroom and bathroom, while the kitchen and living areas are shared. Studios: This is a self-contained unit with a bedroom and cooking space along with a private washroom. Two students may book a single studio together, subject to the policies of the accommodation provider.

    Will I get cleaning and laundry services?
    Most properties have on-site, coin-operated washing machines that make doing laundry quite easy. Students are expected to keep their rooms clean while common areas are looked after by housekeeping staff at regular intervals. If you’re unwilling to get your hands dirty, contact the reception for professional cleaning services at an extra fee.

    How do I know my student apartment is safe?
    All properties listed by University Living are personally verified by the team or their representatives. Each accommodation has foolproof safety measures in place, secure door entries, restricted access, and more.

    Does my Cairns accommodation offer any onsite amenities?
    Properties listed on our platform comes with a wide range of onsite amenities such a laundry room, fitness centre, swimming pool, BBQ, outdoor courtyard, bike storage, fully-fitted kitchen, TV, and plenty more.

    Can I view my student housing in Cairns before booking?
    Yes. If you want to view your accommodation before booking it, get in touch with our accommodation experts, and we will arrange a tour for you.

    What are the best areas for students to live in Cairns?
    Cairns offers a great student life no matter where you live; you will always be in the middle of all the action. Smithfield, Redlynch, Whitfield, Edge Hill, etc. are some of the most popular, affordable, and culturally diverse places in Cairns.