BY TYPE - Off-Campus Accommodation

Accommodation BY TYPE - Off-Campus Accommodation

Off-campus accommodation means any accommodation located off the University grounds and includes rental properties, share houses or full-board arrangements in private houses.


The Accommodation Service’s Off-campus database may assist students to find private rental accommodation in Townsville. Alternatives include:

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The Accommodation Service’s Off-campus database may assist students to find private rental accommodation in Cairns.

JCU’s preferred off-campus accommodation providers in Cairns are Cairns Student Lodge and The Beaches Luxury Apartments, which are both located within 400 metres of the campus. Cairns Sharehouse also provides affordable off-campus share accommodation, located in Cairns city, a 15-minute walk to Cairns Base Hospital and approximately 40 minutes by bus to JCU.


James Cook University (JCU) Singapore students have the choice of off-campus hostels or apartments, which can be arranged via the JCU Singapore campus accommodation service.

There are various types of housing options in Singapore, as follows:

Housing Development Board Apartments - The Housing and Development Board (HDB) is Singapore's public housing authority and a statutory board under the Ministry of National Development.

Owners of HDB flats rent out either whole units or rooms at an affordable rate. This accommodation is suitable for students who have already collected their student passes and have arrived into Singapore, whose hostel contracts are about to expire, and who prefer government subsidised apartments.The Singapore campus accommodation service will assist by introducing appointed licensed property agents and to source out the preferred option and arrange for viewing of units. However, prior to engaging a property agent, students should be aware of the agents' responsibilities as per the Council of Estate Agents' regulations.

For consumer guides, forms or to check the validity of your property agent’s CEA registration visit the Singapore Council for Estate Agencies (CEA).

Students need to be prepared for the following payments to be made in securing private HDB flats:

For leases up to 1 year:

  • One month’s rental as deposit- refundable at end of lease
  • 1st month’s rental
  • ½ to 1 month’s rental - agent’s commission
  • Relevant stamp duty charges

For 2-year leases:

  • Two months’ rental as deposit – refundable at the end of the lease
  • First month’s rental
  • Agent’s commission equivalent to 1 month’s rental
  • Relevant Stamp Duty charges

*Note: Agents’ commission may be subjected to prevailing goods and services taxes.

Guide to average HDB Accommodation Rental (6 months to 1 year contract)

Master Bedroom:Monthly Rental (excluding GST)
Single RoomS$ 800 - 1200
Twin SharingS$ 400 - 600
Common RoomMonthly Rental (excluding GST)
Single RoomS$ 650 - 800
Twin SharingS$ 325 - 400

*Note: The above rates are subjected to changes based on current market prices. These ranges are based on mere estimation and are not official established rental rates. Rental rates fluctuate depending on a variety of factors influencing the price.

Hostels - Privately operated hostels, which offer cheap accommodation with a minimum contract period of 4 months, are available.  An advantage of this type of accommodation is the social aspect as you will get to mix and mingle with students of the same age with shared interests. JCUS does not have a hostel or residence hall on campus. Hence commercial providers are engaged to render accommodation services to students. They also offer cheaper rates exclusive to JCU students. Bookings could be made through the Pre Arrival System or by emailing

To confirm hostel accommodation, students are required to pay:
* Refundable deposit if student fulfilled the contractual obligations
* Rental in advance (please see each respective accommodation provider's details found on the JCUS website)
* Hostel administration fee

Private Apartment/Condominium Units / Landed Properties - Owners/landlords of private accommodation are given the opportunity to have their rooms or units listed onto JCUS accommodation options. However, students are advised to be referred to these types of accommodation only upon their arrival so as to (1) ensure that the student understands the landlords’ terms and conditions; (2) facilitate viewing of the premises in person; and (3) ensure that both parties understand their requirements prior to confirming the booking and signing the tenancy agreement. The landlord is required to confirm that the student has received his/her In Principle letter of Approval from Immigration and is due to collect his/her student pass card.

The Executive, Marketing Support, upon receiving the landlords’ expression of interest through submission of the Home Owners Registration Form, is to schedule a site visit to ensure that the premises are conducive to the students’ living environment. The private accommodation is then recommended by the JCUS Accommodations team to students during the university reporting period.

The tenancy agreement is established strictly between the student and the landlord - JCU Singapore is not involved in any legal document or monetary arrangements made on behalf of both parties.

Students’ preferences are influenced by a whole range of factors, and it is very important to carefully select your accommodation based on your comfort level.  As such, it is advisable for students to make arrangements for initial temporary accommodation for a week.  This gives them suitable time to view the recommended premises personally and to carefully select the accommodation that would best suit their preferences.