Southern Cross University

4.2 out of 5 (10 ratings / 7 reviews) Lismore, New South Wales, Australia
Southern Cross University is a progressive, young and connected regional research university, with vibrant campuses in northern New South Wales and the southern Gold Coast. 

Master's Programmes

Natural Sciences & Mathematics (3)
Education & Training (2)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (2)
Law (2)
Applied Sciences & Professions (1)
Engineering & Technology (1)



Lismore Teachers College (pictured at right) commenced its first year on Monday 23 February 1970, after several years of negotiations that began in 1959. It had 151 students and primarily was a single purpose college. On 1st September 1971 Lismore Teachers College became a College of Advanced Education under the Higher Education Act 1969.  


Southern Cross University is committed to providing educational opportunities for our diverse student body, in particular those from rural and regional communities. We aim to deliver inspirational teaching, innovative research and high quality and dynamic learning experiences to equip our students to be tomorrow's leaders, to live a life they value and be effective global citizens.


Southern Cross University conducts research in areas for which we are known for having excellence, which is readily scalable from a regional model to have impact at both the national and international level. We are known for having world leading expertise and infrastructure with our researchers contributing to solving real world problems around climate change, natural resource management, food security, health and wellbeing and social welfare. 


At Southern Cross University it's all about our students and achieving excellence in teaching, learning and research. We are committed to providing inspirational learning experiences that equip our students to live a life they value and to be effective global citizens.It's about a working environment where we encourage a collaborative, open and transparent culture which supports diversity and family-friendly work practices. We support each other to act with integrity and demonstrative openness, respect, collaboration and trust. 

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University Ranking

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Student services

Services and support

  • Careers
  • Counselling
  • Student Access & Inclusion
  • UniMentor Program
  • Health Services
  • Multifaith and Pastoral Care
  • Room bookings
  • Student loans
  • Accommodation
  • Childcare/parents' rooms 
  • Computer Labs and Printing
  • Indigenous Australian Student Services (IASS)
  • Parking
  • Safety and Security
  • Sexual assault and sexual harassment
  • Student Advocacy Service
  • Student Representation and Student Associations
  • UniLife

Housing services

A range of on-campus accommodation options are available at four residential colleges across the Lismore and Coffs Harbour campuses. Apartments are modern and fully furnished, with their own kitchen, lounge, dining area and bathroom.

  • SCU Village Coffs Harbour  
  • SCU Village Coffs Harbour
  • SCU Village is managed by Campus Living Villages in partnership with SCU. From movie nights and themed parties to study groups and cooking classes, life on-campus offers everything you need to make the most of your university experience.

Library services

From providing access to online resources, study spaces and facilities, to giving one-on-one assistance with researching for assignments, Southern Cross University Library is here to help you with your studies.

ICT services

The University's Computing Conditions of Use prohibit the use of University systems for activity not directly related to your research, study or administrative functions. Breach of these conditions may result in suspension from the network and network services or more serious disciplinary action.

Medical services

The Southern Cross University Health Clinic provides a quality and dedicated health care service to our students, staff and the Lismore and Gold Coast communities.

The Clinic offers services in:

  • Bulk-billed General Practice, Lismore campus only 
  • Exercise physiology
  • Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Massage - remedial and sports
  • Osteopathy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Podiatry
  • Psychology
  • Speech pathology.

Student Life

Campus life

Southern Cross University offers services to help you find private rental off-campus (UniStays) or accommodations at one of our on-campus residential colleges (SCU Village).

On campus at SCU Village is exactly where you want to be! Imagine this – fully furnished apartments, no crowded buses to and from uni and a residential life program like no other. University life could not get any better (or any more convenient)! 

Sports facilities

Southern Cross University offers a wide range of sporting, recreational and cultural activities, with something for everyone.

To keep up to date on the latest UniLife news, events, opportunities, clubs and programs please ‘like’ UniLife on Facebook.

Campus sport

A fun, social sporting opportunity for the entire University community.

Elite student athletes

We support elite athletes so that they can balance their dual careers of training and competing at an elite level whilst undertaking their study. 

Fitness centres

Our sport and fitness centres provide arrange of sporting facilities across the three campuses including 2 gyms, an aquatic centre, 2 indoor sports courts, and 2 sports field and 4 tennis courts.

Student Reviews

I am creative person and confident about my art and designing, I always wanted to study history of Arts (art restoration) and tourism as both are connected but due to financial reasons unable to study arts, i choosed the current course because it is a tra
Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

This Course university offers is good but recently i got financial problems

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

Good, knowledgeable,helpful, experienced lecturers. They prepared you with a deep knowledge about tourism and prepared you for hotel job. Giving you the opportunity to understand the hospitality industry and built you confident in 2 years.

Natural relaxed average university
Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

I enjoyed formally finishing this degree. I enjoyed spending time in the 24 hour computer labs. The campus is clean, and the surrounding areas of Lismore and Byron Bay are very nice. Meaning you could learn surfing on your vacation time. There is a large hospital within walking distance from the university and buses that run frequently to town through the campus. The...

Lismore, New South Wales, Australia

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