Townsville - Accommodation

Townsville is a large regional city with plenty of accommodation options for students. Private rental options (off campus) include houses, townhouses, modern flats and apartments. JCU’s Townsville campus has on-campus, purpose-built student accommodation for 1,400 students in halls of residence or colleges. You’ll need to decide on what is right for you. For example, do you want meals provided or to cook for yourself; do you need Internet access in your own room; do you want to be close to campus or close to the city centre? What can you afford?

If you would like to speak to someone about accommodation options, please contact the JCU Accommodation Co-ordinator.

On-campus accommodation

JCU has several on-campus Colleges and Halls of Residence.

To apply for on-campus accommodation, you can submit your application online to the Accommodation Services Office. Visit Welcome to JCU Housing Application.

Off-campus accommodation

A popular option for students in Townsville is off-campus accommodation, such as renting a house, a room, a flat or an apartment either privately or in a shared arrangement.

The off-campus database provides details of available accommodation in Townsville. This resource is available at the Off campus accommodation section of the Accommodation website and can be accessed using the following details:

Login: guest

Password: guest

Visit Guide to Rental Properties for information on the different types of accommodation on the off-campus database and what they refer to.

Other options for finding off-campus accommodation include checking the Townsville Bulletin newspaper; websites such as and and bulletin boards around the campus. The closest suburbs to the campus include Douglas, Riverside Gardens, Annandale, Aitkenvale and Cranbrook. Many students also prefer to live closer to the city and beach in Townsville and suburbs in this area include Townsville City, North Ward and South Townsville. Visit Google Maps to check out the location of these suburbs in relation to the campus.

Other accommodation options

Employment Related Accommodation Program (ERAP) ERAP provides eligible Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with housing support to enable you to study at JCU. For more information, please contact the Queensland Government’s Housing Service Centre, Yumba Meta, Phone: 4723 5611. You will need to fill in an Application Form.

Indigenous Youth Mobility Program (IYMP)If you are aged between 16 and 24 years and eligible to receive ABSTUDY, you may be able to secure accommodation through the Indigenous Youth Mobility Program (IYMP).

Contact: Natasha O’Keeffe, IYMP Education Support Officer
Tel: (07) 4723 9055     Email:

IYMP Hostels Townsville

  • 7 Warili Street, Aitkenvale

  • 14 Welsh Street, Rosslea

Aboriginal Hostels Limited (AHL)Aboriginal Hostels Limited (AHL) provides temporary accommodation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. AHL hostels give you an environment that they can identify with – a place just like home, at a subsidised rate where part of the fee is funded by AHL.

Iris Clay Hostel
261-269 Sturt Street, Townsville
Phone: (07) 4772 3649      Email:

JCU Accommodation ServiceJCU’s Accommodation Service assists students to find suitable accommodation. The Service maintains a database of houses, units, granny flats, share accommodation and full board arrangements. For further information, check out our website or you can contact us directly:
Top floor, Library, Townsville Campus
Phone: (07) 4781 4148   E-mail:

The Government can also help with rental assistance if you are renting privately. Visit Rent Assistance on the Centrelink website.

Residential Tenancies Authority (RTA)

For information on tenancy advice please visit Useful links for new residents.