University life

We provide an environment that inspires you to grow personally, culturally and academically, and deliver student support programs and services to assist you throughout your studies. JCU students have free access to academic, personal and financial support services and advice.

Student Support Services

There are several JCU support services and student associations that can help make your university experience a happy and successful one.

The JCU Student Association represents the interests of all JCU students. Membership is voluntary and entitles you to discounts at food outlets on the Cairns and Townsville campuses, and at campus gyms, and many other great deals. Follow the JCU Student Association on Facebook.

The Bama Nguma-Barra Indigenous Student Association, or BNBISA, was formed in 2010 and is based at JCU's Cairns campus. The BNBISA is affiliated with the JCU Student Association and provides a formal body to represent, advocate and support Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who are BNBISA members.

It also provides effective peer support and mentoring to members, services which are crucial to managing student retention and to providing a safe space to build and maintain a cohesive learning environment.

Stay up to date with the association by following the BNBISA facebook group.

JCU Student Ambassadors help promote JCU and the opportunities available within higher education to potential students, including those who might not otherwise consider applying to higher education. In particular, this includes students from low socio-economic backgrounds, Indigenous students, and students from other target equity groups.

Casual Student Ambassador positions are open to all current students from their second year of study onwards. Earn while you learn. To Find out more about the program, contact IERC on (07) 4781 4676 or email

JCU students can access support to successfully combine their academic aspirations and elite sport ambitions.

JCU has been part of the Elite Athlete Friendly University (EAFU) program since 2013. This program provides support and flexibility for formally identified elite athlete students. Flexible options may include support with academic study loads and assessment deadlines. JCU's Elite Athlete Program aims to help students achieve success both on the sporting field and in the classroom. From business through to sports and exercise science, students can study a range of courses at JCU.

Visit the Elite Athlete Program webpage for information on eligibility, services and how to register.

There's a wide range of accommodation options for JCU students in Townsville, Cairns and Mackay. Find out about living on campus, sharing a private rental, short-term stays and homestays. Read more on the JCU Accommodation website or download the Student Accommodation Guide.

Choosing to go to university is a big step for your child or partner, and your support can make a real difference. You are an important part of our extended JCU community, so we want to provide you with information and advice to help support your family member as they transition into university. Visit the comprehensive Parents and Partners website for tips on how you can help your family member, answers to questions you may have and the costs of attending university.

JCU Support - There are a range of support services available to all JCU students. Find out about personal and financial support, counselling career advice, equity and inclusion, mental health and wellbeing and more. JCU's support services cater for both on-campus and off-campus students.

Safety and Wellbeing - All members of JCU have the right to feel welcome, respected and safe. JCU offers on-campus security services to help ensure the safety of students and staff, as well as Equity Contact Officers, qualified Counsellors and student support officers.

Costs of attending University

Check out this handy video about the costs of going to university. Find out what fees you have to pay for a university course or degree, as well as information on the Student Services and Amenities (SSA) Fee. You can also find out if you're eligible to defer payment of your fees through the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) scheme.

Check the IERC Support Services and Facilities for information on the financial assistance available to students, including JCU and government funded scholarships, and financial support programs, such as ABSTUDY.


Search JCU's comprehensive database for local, regional and Australian scholarships, bursaries and financial support programs to assist you while you study. Find out about internal scholarships, Commonwealth funded scholarships for Indigenous Australians, Abstudy or talk to a scholarships team member.