Founded in 1969

Founded in 1969

James Cook University

Founded in 1969

Founded in 1969

James Cook University

Quick facts

  • 20421

  • 6886

    International students
  • 00117J

    CRICOS Code
  • 461

    World ranking
  • 23

    Country ranking

James Cook University

James Cook University (JCU) is the second oldest university in Queensland and Australia's leading university in the tropics. Offering excellence in teaching and research, JCU is a vibrant, mulit-campus university with its main sites in the tropical Queensland cities of Townsville and Cairns and an international campus in Singapore.

 JCU is a world-class university ranked in the top two per cent of tertiary institutions in the world. JCU develops graduates who have the knowledge, skills and experience to succeed and thrive in a global workforce. JCU campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and equipment to allow optimal learning experiences. 

Their cutting-edge lecture theaters and their small tutorial sizes are designed to encourage collaborative learning and problem-solving. JCU’s external study options offer flexibility for students who want to complete courses at their own pace or from a distance.

On-campus accommodation

Campus(es) list based on university info

Townsville Campus

Residence fee Duration

$9,000 AUD

UP to $15,000

Cairns Campus

Residence fee Duration

$8,000 AUD

UP to $11,000

Off-campus accommodation

annual rent in Townsville based on univly research


Shared house

$7,344 AUD


Shared house

$4,896 AUD


Entire house

$14,700 AUD


JCU Halls of Residence is made up of three residences; University Hall, George Roberts Hall and Rotary International House, together housing over 650 students which include courts, swimming pool, Sport & Recreation Department, rugby union and soccer fields. 

Sunbus provides a regular bus service to and from the campus, city and suburbs in both Townsville and Cairns. A 50% concession fare is available for tertiary students on all TransLink public transport services, regional qconnect bus services and approved regional ferry services. To travel on tertiary concession fares in regional Queensland, students will be required to meet all of the eligibility criteria and carry a current student ID with a valid tertiary concession sticker attached.

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