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Life at JCU

JCU's main campuses are located in North Queensland, a remarkable region which features an extraordinary combination of one of the oldest Indigenous cultures, a stunning tropical climate, sustainable environments and a multicultural population.

The region is uniquely different to the rest of Australia, and possibly the world. The UN’s World Heritage Convention agrees. Both the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics rainforests are included on the World Heritage List for their natural values. Nowhere else in the world do two World Heritage regions exist side by side.

The coastal cities of Cairns and Townsville provide modern sporting, cultural, entertainment and shopping facilities and a relaxed lifestyle.

Northern Queensland makes the perfect base for outdoor recreational activities including rainforest hiking, mountain biking and snorkelling and scuba diving on the reef. Enjoy our famous beaches, where white sand and crystal-clear waters await you. You may even see some of our unique native Australian animals!

The regional cities of Cairns and Townsville have a lower cost of living compared to the major Australian capital cities and the friendly local communities feature a diverse mix of cultures.

Learn more about Cairns and Townsville.

We are here to help

JCU aims to make you feel safe and welcome from your very first day as a university student. Our International Student Support team provide services to help you adapt well to university life and to ensure that you feel at home in Australia.

Opportunities to make new friends

You will join a global community of over 22,000 students including 7,000 international students from over 100 countries. There will be plenty of opportunities to make new friends with regular on-campus activities and special-interest clubs to get involved in.
Learn more about JCU student life.

Natural wonders

With amazing natural wonders like the World-Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef and the ancient tropical rainforests of the Wet Tropics close by, you will also have plenty to do when you’re not in the classroom.
Learn more about the North Queensland region.