Southern Cross University

New South Wales, Australia

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Southern Cross University - Overview & Background

The Southern Cross University was established in 1994 with campuses at Lismore and Coffs Harbour in northern New South Wales and at the southern end of the Gold Coast in Queensland. 

The campus at Lismore includes a science and engineering precinct, environmental laboratories, contemporary music and visual arts studios and the SCU Health Clinic. The Gold Coast campus has specialist teaching facilities for nursing and midwifery and allied health disciplines such as occupational therapy, podiatry, pedorthics and speech pathology. The Coffs Harbour campus has specialist nursing laboratories, a biosciences laboratory, and psychology research facilities. 



Also Known As

University of New England (UNE) (During British Period)

University Motto

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University Type

Public Research University

University City

    Lismore and Coffs Harbour. Bilinga, New South Wales & Queensland

Student to Faculty Ratio


Campus Size

185 acres

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Graduation Rate


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Total Enrollment


Official Website Link

Southern Cross University, Australia

Contact Details

+61 2 6620 3876


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The Southern Cross University also runs the National Marine Science Centre (NMSC) in Coffs Harbour along with The Hotel School Sydney and The Hotel School Melbourne in partnership with Mulpha Australia.

The schools and colleges under the university are - 

  • list items School of Arts and Social Sciences
  • list items School of Education
  • list items School of Environment, Science and Engineering
  • list items School of Health and Human Sciences
  • list items School of Business and Tourism
  • list items School of Law and Justice
  • list items Gnibi College of Indigenous Australian Peoples
  • list items SCU College
  • list items National Marine Science Centre
  • list items Centre for Peace and Social Justice 
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    A range of research facilities are available in the Southern Cross University like Analytical Research Laboratory Southern Cross Plant Science, Aquaculture and Hatchery, Environmental Analysis Laboratory, Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing Laboratory, Scanning Electron Microscopy Laboratory.



    If you are considering on-campus accommodation, SCU Village is your only option. SCU Villages provides you with fully furnished apartments, easy transportation options, and unique residential life programs.   

    4 bedroom apartments start from $200.50 in Coffs Harbour. The Lismore campus has rooms starting from $178.50 and ranging upto $200.50. 

    For off-campus accommodation, SCU Unistays provides you with a database of options.


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    Scholarships are available for both domestic and international students. They are open all year. The scholarships on offer are: 

  • list items International Advancement Scholarship (current student)
  • list items Dr Alan Phan Scholarship (future student)
  • list items International Outstanding Academic Performance Scholarship (current student)
  • list items SCU International Women in STEM Scholarship (future student)
  • list items Vice Chancellor’s Academic Excellence (future student)
  • list items Vice Chancellor’s International Diversification Scholarship (future student)
  • list items SCU International Regional Scholarship (future student)
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    Jobs and Placements

    There are graduate programs available which offer opportunities for training with Australia’s top organizations, and hence, can prove to be very beneficial. To find out about local and international job vacancies, you can go on CareerHub which is SCU’s online employment vacancies site. SCU also organizes The Big Meet which is a career fair where you can interact with employers directly.

    As per the official reports released by the university, graduates of the business school enter the accounting, finance, marketing, advertising, public relations, investment and human resource management industries, among others. 


    Notable Alumni

    Some famous alumni from Southern Cross University include:

  • list items Deej Fabyc, Performance artist
  • list items Paul Glynn, Jesuit author
  • list items Jodi Martin, Singer-songwriter
  • list items Ben Newton, OAM, paralympic gold medalist
  • list items Steve Price, MNZM, former professional rugby league footballer
  • list items Poto Williams, MP, Member of the New Zealand Parliament
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    Southern Cross University Location

    To arrive at the Gold Coast campus, you can take a flight to the Gold Coast Airport, from where the university manages a free pick up. If you are arriving via Brisbane International Airport, you can use the Pacific Motorway or AirTrain to reach Gold Coast. You can either drive from Sydney, or take a flight. 

    To reach the Lismore campus, you are recommended to fly to Sydney and then take a domestic flight to Lismore. Premier Motor Service and country link have buses and trains respectively running from Central Railway Station, Sydney. But you are advised to use the Airport Link Train.

    If you are coming from Brisbane, Byron Easy Bus and Premier motor service offer bus services there.

    To reach the Coff Harbour campus, you can fly to the Coff Harbour airport, from where a University staff can pick you up. There are flights available from Sydney to Coff Harbour. Greyhound Australia and Premier Motor Service also provide bus services from Sydney and Brisbane. You can also use the NSW Train Link.  

    Southern Cross University  Map Location

    Address: 108 Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia



    Frequently Asked Questions about Southern Cross University

    Is Southern Cross University Recognised ?

    Professional recognition in different courses is available through the Faculty of Education at Southern Cross University for early childhood, primary, secondary, and higher education. Undergraduate programs are nationally recognized and certified by the QLD College of Teachers (QCT) and the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA).
    Why is SCU better than other universities ?

    In order to assist you in achieving your objectives, Southern Cross University provides a dynamic teaching, learning, research, and cultural environment. Everything is grounded in relevance and resonance. Its degree programs and research programs are grounded in the present while looking boldly ahead.
    What is Southern Cross University famous for ?

    Due to its outstanding performance, Southern Cross is now among the top 150 universities worldwide according to the QS World Rankings and the Times Higher Education Young University Rankings. It is a popular choice for those looking to attend an Australian institution and receive a top-notch education. Its strong research reputation supports expanding global standing.