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I've really enjoyed my time at the Cairns Student Lodge. I love the fact there's so many international students and people from different backgrounds to socialise with. University's a quick walk, and the shops and beaches are just a short bus ride away . All the staff and students are very welcoming and I really feel at home here.
~ Tenielle Wilk, Zoology, Bidwill Queensland
I like living in a place where there are heaps of university students to talk to and have fun with.
~ Patrick Foster, Dentistry, New South Wales
Less than 10 minutes’ walk to James Cook University and close to public transport that can take you to the vibrant city centre of Cairns, or to the tropical beaches and rainforests of far north Queensland.
At CSL we have everything you need, including a barbeque area, laundries, do-it-yourself kitchens, a games room, and a volleyball court and function centre.
Your safety is a top priority. CSL has CCTV around the property, nightly patrols by security professionals, and Resident Assistants (RAs) are available outside office hours to discuss any concerns you may have.
The suburb of Smithfield — named after gold prospector William Smith in 1876 — was originally a township separate from Cairns. It was moved to its current location by 1881 from the banks of the Barron River after a number of floods.
James Cook University (JCU) Cairns Campus was opened in 1987, and in 1999 CSL was build as accommodation for JCU’s students. The current owner of CSL purchased the property on the 27th February 2016 and commenced major renovations to student rooms, common areas, and the grounds, bringing CSL into the 21st century.
Living in purpose built student accommodation can increase your academic performance by one grade, and reduce student dropout (PBSA forum, 2016)
The land upon which CSL is built is part of the country traditionally owned by the Djabugay (pronounced japurkai), Yirrijandji (pronounced irrikandji) and Gimuy Yidinji (pronounced goom eyeyidinji).
The current owners and staff of CSL would like to recognise the traditional owner of the site and acknowledge the elders past and present. We recognise the traditional owners’ deep and continuing cultural and spiritual connection to the area.
Only a five minute walk to JCU along the secure, well lit footpath with security cameras and a safe underpass under the highway.