James Cook University Singapore Accommodation

By | March 16, 2017

James Cook University Singapore Accommodation


Organising your accommodation is an important step as you prepare for the study year.

You should arrange suitable accommodation before arriving in Singapore. This is extremely important as this will give you plenty of time to complete all the other necessary post-arrival formalities. For instance, medical check-up, student pass application & collection, opening of bank accounts, student administration etc. There is quite a bit to do before you start studying.


Our Accommodation Assistance helps students adjust to their new life in a short period of time. The type of accommodation you choose will depend on a whole range of deciding factors, primarily your budget. There is a wide variety of accommodation types in Singapore to suit different budgets and needs. We can help review your accommodation options, or source and make available accommodation, whether you choose to stay in off-campus hostels, or a serviced apartment, private rental or shared accommodation.

Note that we are not liable for any agreements made between you and the landlord/hostel management/private housing agent. The information provided here is compiled in good faith and is intended as a guide only. We do not profit in any way from these accommodation offerings.

Service Standards for Acommodation Providers

JCU Singapore has a strong commitment to its students, their education and well-being. We understand that it’s not just excellence in education that makes our students successful but also having a physical environment that encourages them to study, to learn and to live. It is critical that our accommodation providers have a similar commitment to helping our students achieve their best.

For the majority of our students, having their accommodation arranged before they arrive is extremely important. It eases the transition to their new life and reassures parents that their children will be safe and looked after when they reach Singapore.

Our accommodation providers must meet benchmark standards set by the University relating to all aspects of accommodation services. The aim of the Service Standards for Accommodation providers is to provide safe, well-integrated and well-managed accommodation for our students. These standards are the minimum our accommodation providers need to offer for a positive, on-going relationship with JCU Singapore and students.

For more information, please email us at accommodation-singapore@jcu.edu.au

Home Owners Registration

We are always looking for suitable accommodation options for our students. If you think you can assist with a property, please email us at accommodation-singapore@jcu.edu.au and submit the Home Owners’ Registration form found here.

Short Stay Accommodation

A 2 week short stay is available for students who want to familiarize themselves in the Singapore environment. Students can choose to stay in the below hostels at a reasonable price at their convenience for a minimum of 2 weeks. Student have a choice to continue their stay with the same provider on a long term basis or explore other available options.

Due to high demands this 2 week short stay is offered based on the availability of rooms only

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Arrival in Singapore

Welcome to Singapore!

Before departing for Singapore, you should have made prior arrangements with JCU Singapore Airport Pick Up Service for a smooth and seamless transfer to your accommodation in Singapore.

When embarking to Singapore, there are important information that you should be aware of to ease the immigration and customs clearance process.

Do click on the respective headings below for useful information before departing from your home country and arriving to Singapore. For more information, please contact us at meetandgreet-singapore@jcu.edu.au.

Airport Pick Up Service

All international students are eligible to request for an airport pick up service. Each student is granted access to our Online Pre-arrival System.

You need to complete the details on required fields such as your flight details and accommodation preferences. If you are accompanied by a guest (either family or friends), his or her particulars are required to be completed as well. These should be done 2 weeks prior to your arrival to Singapore. You will then receive an arrival acknowledgement email within 2 working days upon receipt of your application. The acknowledgement indicates the contact person of the meet and greet staff who will pick you up from the airport and other first points of contact in case of emergency.

On the day of your arrival, you will be met by an outsourced transport company driver, and a Meet and Greet student ambassador. From there, you will be assisted and be provided with advice on how to change currencies and purchase prepaid mobile sim cards to call your family back home. After which you will be sent to your pre-arranged accommodation.

Click here to be directed to an illustration of the airport pick up arrangements procedures.

Immigration Clearance

Travellers to Singapore without a valid residential status (On Social Visit pass) are required to accomplish the below Disembarkation/Embarkation Card. You will be given a number of copies by flight attendants on board your flight. For those who are taking other modes of transportation, the Disembarkation / Embarkation Cards are available at all Singapore checkpoints free of charge. You may also obtain them from your travel agents, bus companies and ferry operators. For a sample of the Disembarkation / Embarkation Card, please click here.

At the Immigration counter, you need to present the completed Disembarkation / Embarkation card to the officer along with your In-Principle Approval Letter and travel document (i.e., international passport). Please ensure that the card is fully completed and is accomplished in a neat and legible manner.

Upon the grant of immigration clearance, the Disembarkation portion will be retained by the officer. The Embarkation portion and the IPA Letter will be returned to you. An endorsement indicating the period that the visitor is allowed to enter and stay in Singapore is stamped on both portions of the D/E Card as well as on the passport.

For more information, please visit the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority – www.ica.gov.sg

Customs Clearance

Before you leave your designated arrival belt, you will come across 2 Singapore Customs Counters:

Customs Channel Sign GreenCustoms Channel Sign Red

These counters are manned by ICA officers who grant clearance to all travellers bringing items / goods to Singapore. Before bringing any item to the country, refer to this vital information and check to which category the goods belong to.

Under Singapore laws, certain types of items are subject to the payment of duty before you can bring them into the country, some require permits with relevant government authorities prior to customs clearance. On the other hand, there is a category of goods which are absolutely prohibited from being brought into the country and which could subject you to composition amounts and customs offences once caught in your possession.

For a full detailed list of Dutiable, Controlled and Prohibited Goods, please click here.

For more information, please visit the Singapore Customs website – www.customs.gov.sg

Student Pass Formalities

Before receiving a Student Pass, all students must undergo a medical check up in Singapore, which we will arrange on your behalf. The medical check up is a Singapore Government requirement and assists in ensuring that Singapore remains free of communicable diseases and in the long term also protects the health of our students.

After completing the medical check up we will arrange for you to visit the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) for your Student Pass, valid for the duration of your study at the Singapore campus.

There is an International Student Registration Fee of S$500 (inclusive of GST) applicable to all international students receiving an offer from our campus.

The fee covers a range of facilities we provide to international students:

  • An initial airport pick-up service
  • Initial and ongoing support with arranging accommodation and resolving any issues which may arise from time to time
  • Arranging the student pass
  • Arranging the initial medical check-up (including transportation to and from the medical)
  • Student counselling (from minor counselling to a full psychology clinic service, where this is assessed as necessary)
  • Access to free internet service
  • Access to a variety of student clubs and activities
  • Student assistance, including access to purpose designed study areas
  • Job application readiness skills workshops
  • IT helpdesk

Be a Meet & Greet Buddy

If you are:

  • friendly & have lots of patience
  • conversant in English & a second language (e.g. Mandarin, Vietnamese)
  • available during school holidays (Main Programme and ELPP)
  • on call even during the wee hours of dawn (prime importance)

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Off Campus Hostels

Privately operated hostels which offer cheap accommodation with a minimum contract period of 4 months are available. An advantage of this type of accommodation is the social aspect as you will get to mix and mingle with student of the same age and shared interests.

To confirm hostel accommodation, students are required to pay:

  • Refundable deposit if student fulfilled the contractual obligations.
  • Four (4) months rental in advance.
  • Hostel administration fee

There are however a few options below imposing different payment methods. Kindly refer to respective segments of the page. You can read more about the providers below:

Housing Development Board Apartment (HDB)

The Housing & Development Board (HDB) is Singapore’s public housing authority and a statutory board under the Ministry of National Development. (source)

Owners of HDB flats rent out either whole units or rooms at an affordable rate. This accommodation is suitable for students who have already collected their student passes and have arrived to Singapore, whose hostel contracts are about to expire, and who prefer government subsidized apartments.

We will assist by introducing appointed licensed property agents and to source out the preferred option and arrange for viewing of units. However, prior to engaging a property agent, students should be aware of the agents’ responsibilities as per the Council of Estate Agents’ regulations.

For a full coverage of Consumer Tips in Engaging A Salesperson (Property Agent), click here.

To check the validity of your property agent’s CEA registration, you may log on to www.cea.gov.sg

Students need to be prepared for the following payments to be made in securing private HDB flats:

For 1 year lease and below:

  • One month’s rental as deposit- refundable at end of lease.
  • 1st month’s rental.
  • ½ to 1 month’s rental – agent’s commission.
  • Relevant stamp duty charges

For 2-year leases:

  • Two months’ rental as deposit – refundable at the end of the lease.
  • First month’s rental
  • Agent’s commission equivalent to 1 month’s rental
  • Relevant Stamp Duty charges

*Note: Agents’ commission may be subjected to prevailing goods and services taxes.

Guide to average HDB Accommodation Rental (6 months to 1 year contract)

Master Bedroom:Monthly Rental (excluding GST)
Single RoomS$ 800 – 1200
Twin SharingS$ 400 – 600
Common RoomMonthly Rental(excluding GST)
Single RoomS$ 650 – 800
Twin SharingS$ 325 – 400

*Note: The above rates are subjected to changes based on current market prices. These ranges are based on mere estimation and are not official established rental rates. Rental rates fluctuate depending on a variety of factors influencing the price.

For further information on HDB accommodation, please visit www.hdb.gov.sg.

Share a Flat Win a Friend!

Attention all Students who are looking for a flatmate? Roommate? Housemate?

Are you graduating and would like to get another student to rent your room out? Contact us and send in the following information to accommodation-singapore@jcu.edu.au and we will recommend your place to our upcoming students for the upcoming intake.

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