Study Cairns President Carol Doyle celebrates the opening of the Cairns Student Hub with Deputy Mayor Terry James (L) and Treasurer Curtis Pitt (R).

Study Cairns President Carol Doyle celebrates the opening of the Cairns Student Hub with Deputy Mayor Terry James (L) and Treasurer Curtis Pitt (R).

Already a popular destination for international students, Cairns now has a multi-service student hub that should make the far northern city an even more attractive study option.

The Cairns Student Hub will provide a wide range of services, including accommodation and employment advice, and programs to help students connect to the Cairns community.

The hub was officially opened on 24 November by Queensland Treasurer and Minister for Trade and Investment Curtis Pitt, and Cairns Deputy Mayor Terry James.

Speaking at the hub premises not far from the Cairns waterfront, Mr Pitt said the new service would benefit students and further boost Queensland’s study reputation internationally.

‘Queensland is concerned about the welfare of international students who make our home their home,’ he said.

‘The student hub will offer a safe and welcoming place when students arrive in a new and often strange country.

‘The hub, in partnership with host education providers, will help students settle in faster, make friends more easily and navigate the practical aspects of life, such as finding accommodation, getting work experience or part-time jobs, and getting involved with the wider community.

‘This approach will build on our reputation as a premier education destination in the Asia-Pacific region and drive growth in the sector.’

The student hub will provide volunteering and internship opportunities alongside its other services. Domestic students will also be able to access the hub, increasing connections between Australian and overseas students.

Located at 93 Lake Street, Cairns Student Hub is managed by Study Cairns and is one of 37 successful projects co-funded through the International Education and Training Partnership Fund.

It is the third student hub to open in Queensland, following the MDA Brisbane Student Hub and Gold Coast Student Hub.

Students can also access confidential phone support through the hubs by calling the 1800QSTUDY service on 1800 778 839.

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