Experience purpose built student accommodation including all meals, 7 days a week.
Rated #1 with Students
The lodge is full of life, especially during uni time. The fact that I’m an international student means my family is far away, and having an environment where you wake up to see your friends as family is honestly the best thing.
We Feed You!
The Cairns Student Lodge dining hall is where your breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served. The dining hall has communal tables so that you can share a meal with your new Cairns Student Lodge friends. You can also choose to pack your lunch at breakfast and take it with you, so you don’t have to return during the day.
Safe and Secure
Your safety is a top priority. Cairns Student Lodge has CCTV around the property, nightly patrols by security professionals, and Resident Leaders (RL’s) are available outside office hours to discuss any concerns you may have. Our General Manager also lives on-site and is part of our community.
“Consideration for others is our only rule.”
Cairns Student Lodge’s History
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 opened in 1987, and in 1999 Cairns Student Lodge was built as accommodation for JCU’s students.
The current owner of Cairns Student Lodge purchased the property on the 27 February 2016 and commenced major renovations to student rooms, common areas, and the grounds, bringing Cairns Student Lodge into the 21st century. These reservations were finished in January 2017 and the response from the residents has been very positive.
Acknowledgement of the Traditional Owners
The land upon which the lodge 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 Cairns Student Lodge 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.