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Over 1.5 million student rooms across the US, UK, Ireland, & Australia
The world's largest student housing provider
Trusted by students in 177+ countries
24x7 personalised support, Lowest price guaranteed, No booking fee, Free cancellation
Student-certified: on Trustpilot

The world's largest student housing provider

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Student Accommodation Options in Cairns

Book student accommodation in Cairns with the world’s largest student housing provider. You can choose from over 750+ student rooms options in Cairns. No booking fee. Best deal guaranteed! Explore student housing options which include ensuites, studios, shared rooms, student halls and student flats that meets your budget from accommodations ranging from - AU$0 per week and get offers up to AU$0.

Further your education in the heart of Australia’s tropics at Cairns. Looking for student accommodation near James Cook University (JCU)? No matter which course you’re enrolled in, JCU offers a great social university experience and with us, you’ll find an ideal home away from home. With Unilodgers you need not worry about the amenities and bills as everything is included in the rent. We've got the widest range of student accommodations & houses in Cairns - pick private flats, studios, shared flats and en-suites. 

Here are your accommodation options:

  • Shared rooms: Students share a bathroom, kitchen, and common space
  • Private rooms: Offer a personal study space and shared common kitchen and living room
  • Studio flats: Studio accommodation offers students complete privacy with a sleeping area, study space, bathroom, and kitchen
  • Entire flat: Offers a bedroom, study space, ensuite bathroom, and wardrobe

The apartments are equipped with student-friendly facilities personalised just for you! Sweat it at the gym or socialise in the common room, rooftop terraces, games room. After a long day at college, you can always come back to relax in the lounges and bond with others over a cup of coffee. Sit down and dive into your books in the private study spaces or unwind at communal spaces like the cinema rooms.

Living in Cairns as a Student

  • Cost of living: Cairn is quite a pocket-friendly city to live in for students, especially when compared to other Australian cities. Depending on your preference an average restaurant meal would be $30. 
  • Student-friendly locations: Smithfield is one of the most sought-after student locations in the city.
  • Rent for students: The city offers 750+ affordable student housing options. You get the safest accommodations with spacious rooms and a comfy stay starting at just AU$0 and with offers up to AU$0 with Unilodgers.

Student Life in Cairns

As they say, “to live in Cairns is to live in the tropical paradise of Australia”. Surrounded by dreamlike landscapes, Cairns makes for a beautiful destination for your university experience. Home to several universities and colleges, it is an education hub for both international and domestic students. 

  • Picnics and parks: Visit the Botanical Gardens and enjoy a walk around the tropical plants of Australia. Head to Kuranda forest, a rainforest world heritage site where you can take a train trip through the forest. Crystal beach is a perfect getaway for a weekend!
  • Restaurants, Cafes and Markets: Cairns offers the possibility to buy at fresh supermarkets while some urban markets provide tax-free products as well. Try some delicious seafood at Piato!
  • Nightlife: Cairn is widely known for its rainforest and reef but don't be fooled! It doesn’t just end there, you’re guaranteed a fun nightlife in this vibrant city! Attic Lounge Bar, Woolshed, Salt House and Ultimate Party Bus are some common hubs to socialise and make ultimate besties in a night!

Find modern Cairns student accommodation near your university. Wide choice of student rooms, 24/7 assistance and a personal booking manager, we will help you find the best student housing in Cairns. It’s a Unilodgers guarantee!

Student Travel in Cairns

  • Bus: The most common way to get around Cairns is by taking a bus. You can also explore nearby areas with public bus transport.
  • Biking and Walking: Being a relatively small city, getting around on foot or a bike is extremely convenient. 
Frequently Asked Questions

Can only students book with Unilodgers?

Students studying in a university in the city can stay and book a student accommodation in Cairns with Unilodgers. You can get tons of discounts and offers by booking student rooms with Unilodgers too.

What’s the average rent for student accommodation in Cairns?


On average, Cairns student accommodation rent is about $200 per week. With Unilodgers, you can find options starting at just $189 per week.

How can I find affordable student accommodation in Cairns?


To find student hostels in Cairns that have everything you want and fits your budget, you can use Unilodgers’ search filters. You can choose the type of apartment, the location, as well as the maximum rent.

Where do students live in Cairns?


Cairns has many chic, trendy neighbourhoods that are close to its many college campuses, as well as fun to live in. Some neighbourhoods great for students are close to Central Queensland University and James Cook University. With great bars and joints to hang in, a huge student population, and much much more, these neighbourhoods are a cut above the rest for students.

What are the different types of student accommodations available in Cairns?


Student apartments in Cairns offer a wide range of options. You can choose shared or private rooms where you will share common spaces such as kitchens, bathrooms, and living rooms. Alternatively, if you prefer more privacy, you can opt for a studio flat. You can also find many apartments that you can share with friends.

Does Unilodgers have short-term stays in Melbourne?


Yes, some of the student accommodations on Unilodgers do offer short stays in Melbourne. You can filter these accommodations using the Tenancy Duration filter and find what you’re looking for.

Can I get a furnished student room in Cairns?


Yes, you will find furnished student rooms in Cairns. To view these rooms, choose your preference using the filters on top of the page.

What are the best student housing options near Cairns CBD?


Cairns CBD is a great place to live for those who would like to stay near the best markets and cafes in the city. One of the most popular student accommodations near the Cairns CBD is Cairns Student Lodge. 

Does Unilodgers have any offers on accommodation in Cairns?


Yes, we have a lot of great value deals and bonus add-ons available with our student homes in Cairns. For details, you can visit the property page and look at the offers listed.

Is there any benefit or discount/offers in group bookings?


Yes, group bookings usually have offers, discounts and cashback. To check the same please visit the individual property pages.

When should I book my student accommodation in Cairns for the tenancy starting from January next year?

If you’re looking to move into student accommodation in January, we suggest you book a student room in October- November itself.

What if I could not book a room until December last week?

If you’re unable to book a room till December, you can scroll up the page and look for available rooms on Unilodgers. We recommend you book a room as soon as you get confirmation from your university to avoid any delays.

Until when will I be able to cancel my student room booking?

Room cancellation depends on the cancellation policy of your accommodation. We suggest you check the same before you book a room at the accommodation. 

What all is included in the rent?


Most accommodations include WiFi, security and bills in accommodation rent. Although, we recommend you check individual property pages for more details. 

How to find accommodations that provide car parking space?

To find accommodations that provide car parking spaces, just use the filter on top or visit this link.

What’s the best mode of transportation in Cairns?


Hop on any one of the buses that you can find in the city and you are sorted. The bus service in the city is one of the best ways you can get from point A to B in a flash.

Do these accommodations provide WiFi to all residents?


Most accommodations provide WiFi and include the same in the rent. Although, we recommend you check the details on individual property pages before booking. 

Are these accommodations secure?


Yes, your safety at these accommodations is our topmost priority. Our accommodations make sure you stay safe indoors with 24x7 security staff and other safety features.

What anti-COVID measures are in place at student accommodations in Cairns?


Our accommodations in Cairns are taking strict precautionary measures to keep students safe from COVID infections. These measures include social distancing PPE kits for staff, the compulsion of masks and regular sanitization of common areas.

Can a virtual tour be arranged for a student apartment before booking?


Yes, you can view your apartment virtually before booking a room. To do so, you will have to mention your request in the “special needs/requests" section of the booking form. This will enable our student advisors to check with the accommodation team and request them to give you a virtual tour if possible.

Can I and my friend stay together in student accommodation in Cairns?

Yes, you can stay with your friend in student accommodation in Cairns as long as you’re both students in a university in the city. To book a shared flat, click here.

How to book a student room in Cairns on behalf of my friend?


You can book a room on behalf of a friend by scrolling on top and choosing accommodation according to their preference. If you’re still confused, just give our student advisors a call and they’ll help you book the right room for your friend.

Can my parents or guardian stay for the first few days when I arrive?

We understand you might like your parents or guardian to stay with you for the first few days. Although, every accommodation has its own set of rules for guests staying in a room and we recommend you check with them before planning for your parents or guardians to stay with you.

How to find student living in Cairns that allow pets?

To find student accommodations in Cairns that allow pets, please visit the individual property pages.