Living in JCU Halls of Residence gives you the opportunity to acquire more than a degree from your time at university. We challenge you to meet new people, to make a new circle of friends, to expand your social life and to learn the life skills that you can only develop through experiencing the friendship of living on campus.
- You’ll get more than a first class degree at JCU; you'll make first class friends too …
JCU Halls of Residence contains four residential halls situated in lush tropical gardens owned and operated under the umbrella of the university, each with their own unique style and ethos:
- University Hall was the first residence to be established at JCU and is set right in the centre of the main campus. 225 fully-catered students live within the main four-storey wings while an additional 63 students live in the Townhouses, in a mixture of full-board and self-catering places. The Townhouse complex contains five one- and two-storey buildings set around attractively landscaped gardens. University Hall offers air-conditioned common rooms, computer and reading rooms, table tennis and pool tables, cable TV, piano, private gymnasium, volleyball court, barbecue area and a great community spirit.
- Western Hall is situated on extensive grounds on the Western campus; close to the Schools of Humanities, Education and Tourism, swimming pool and sporting facilities. Fully catered accommodation is provided for 215 students in single or twin-share rooms. One floor is reserved exclusively for female students. Western Hall enjoys the reputation of being one of the most spacious residences on campus, with a variety of common areas encouraging student interaction and study including an air-conditioned computer room, Junior and Senior Common Rooms, piano, and pool tables. A modern cinema is an added attraction along with a barbeque area, a volleyball court and a reputation for organising the best social activities on campus!
- Both George Roberts and Western Halls are close to the Schools of Humanities, Education & Tourism, swimming pool and sporting grounds
- George Roberts Hall is a new fully catered accommodation complex which opened in 2002. It is located opposite the swimming pool, adjacent to Western Hall and accommodates 250 students in unit-style living. Units are mostly three bedrooms with some four-bedroom units available, and each motel-style unit features an air-conditioned lounge, kitchenette and bathroom facilities. A small number of bedrooms are air-conditioned and some units have been specially designed for wheelchair access.
- Rotary International House was completed in 1990. Nestled in the gardens at the top end of the Eastern Campus, it is the smallest of the Halls, but this unique college is full of character and focuses on quiet living conducive to study. The original complex houses 38 students, the new buildings house a further 80 students. RIH is a self-catering, non-denominational college, with up to seven single rooms on each floor sharing a fully equipped kitchen, lounge, and dining room, with a patio overlooking the gardens. Residents enjoy an air-conditioned common room, computer room, table tennis and pool table, cable TV, piano, volleyball court, a barbecue area and a spirit of belonging. Local Rotarians are often invited to the social events which include International Night and a Hungi which are organised and catered by the residents.
- Rotary International ensures a culturally diverse environment by accommodating a large proportion of international students
Every Hall offers excellent facilities which include private phones, cable TV, internet connections and laundries. Wheelchair accessible units are also available. The JCU Halls of Residence emphasize a strong philosophy of acceptance and actively encourage an atmosphere conducive to study and building lifelong friendships.
Residential living offers a secure, helpful environment to encourage both social activity and academic pursuits and our management team works hard to ensure that your Hall guarantees you a supportive living space conducive to study.
- The RA’s are like an on-campus big brother who make sure that everyone gets a fair deal
There is also the obvious convenience of living at the University itself, in close proximity to lecture rooms, library and sports facilities and of course the benefit of having meals and cleaning provided.
Although the JCU Halls of Residence accommodation fees are among the lowest offered on-campus in Australia, each room has its own telephone and is cabled to allow access to the JCU Network and internet for residents with their own computers. Each Hall also offers 24-hour access to a computer room where students can use computers, printers and the internet.
You will find television sets are available at no charge, with cable and free-to-air reception for academic and recreational purposes.
Your social, sporting and cultural needs are coordinated by the Resident Student Association (RSA). Events include sporting competitions and social functions such as BBQ's, Home Balls and Valedictory Dinners.
The grounds of JCU provide more than lush tropical gardens for your enjoyment; they also provide a sanctuary for local Australian wildlife. Domestic animals are prohibited anywhere on JCU premises. The only pets allowed in our Halls are fish in a small bowl.
- You haven’t really lived until you’ve lived on campus
Our JCU Halls of Residence promote an atmosphere allowing for as much individual freedom as possible, while maintaining our fundamental purpose - to provide accommodation in a comfortable, friendly environment where serious study is encouraged.
Tenancy starts on the Monday of orientation week each year. If you would like to arrive prior to or leave after the contract period, just inform the office who can arrange this for you.
- If you change your arrival time, please let us know!
If you are a new resident arriving during the normal intake, our Residential Assistants will meet you at the airport, bus or train station and transport you to your Hall provided you let us know the time and date by completing the Meet & Greet form included in your accommodation pack. International students also need to advise the office of their travel details, the International Student Centre will meet you at the airport and bring you to your Hall.
On arrival you will be asked to complete a room inventory. Be sure to note any damage to your room or missing items on your inventory. This form must be returned to the office within 48 hours of your arrival and will be checked again after your departure.
On arrival you will be issued with your room key which will also open all doors to which you should have access, ie. the entry doors to your floor, common areas and the computer room. Some Halls do not use keys, but instead use your Student ID card, which can be keyed for swipe access at University Hall office.
- Lending your key breaches security
Replacement keys (ie. keys not returned on departure or lost during the year) incur a fee, which is charged to your account. For your own security and that of others do not give or lend any JCU Hall of Residence key to a non-resident under any circumstances. A resident who gives any JCU Hall of Residence key to a non-resident breaches their Residence Agreement and may be asked to leave.
Always carry your key with you to avoid locking yourself out. If you lock your key in your room, find an RA, or contact the Office or Head of Hall.
All residents are asked to provide a passport sized photo of themselves (prefarrably digital). Photo's may also be taken at University Hall office. All resident photo's are kept private and confidential, and are to help us identify residents and maintain security.