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Charles Darwin University

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In 2014 Charles Darwin University celebrated 25 years of university education in the Northern Territory, a history that commenced with the opening of the Territory’s first and only university, the Northern Territory University, in 1989. Prior to the establishment of the Northern Territory University post-secondary education in the Territory had a history dating back to the late 1940s.


CDU students will value lifelong and life-wide learning and understand that learning occurs anywhere, anytime and through varied experiences. Throughout their studies, our students will build essential skills for success in academic pursuits, their work and their lives beyond CDU.  Further, our co-design approach will also strengthen CDU processes, systems and practices required to achieve CDU-wide key targets.


The distinctive characteristics of the Northern Territory present researchers and research students at Charles Darwin University with unique experiences and opportunities.

CDU is an exciting and progressive research-intensive university that prioritises the complex issues facing Northern Australia and the Asia-Pacific. Our internationally recognised research is strongly aligned with United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and makes a real, positive difference in people’s lives.


Student services

The Office of Student Administration and Equity Services (SAES) manages all aspects of Higher Education admissions, enrolments, examinations, progression and fees. Across the Higher Education and VET sectors, the office administers scholarships, student records, the University cashier and timetabling.

Housing services

On-campus accommodation is provided by:

  • Casuarina accommodation: Right on campus, International House Darwin (IHD) is part of the network of International Houses in Australia and overseas, IHD, on Casuarina campus offers both local and international students a residential community.
  • Katherine accommodation: Katherine Student Accommodation (KSA) and its grounds are available for our guests' enjoyment, including a recreation room, dining room, sports oval, training and conference facilities and pool.
  • Alice Springs accommodation: The Alice Springs Student Accommodation (ASSA) provides accommodation for CDU students, students from other universities undertaking placement, CDU staff and visiting guests, and groups. 

Student Life

Campus life

  • Casuarina campus is CDU's largest study location and the main hub for Higher Education, Vocational Education and Training (VET), and Research programs. 

    The campus is located in Darwin's northern suburbs about 15kms from Darwin's central business district and within 20kms to Palmerston city. 

  • CDU’s Palmerston campus is a friendly, warm and welcoming place for students, staff and visitors. Our aim is to engage with the dynamic and growing community of Palmerston and the surrounding region in order to contribute to growth and development for future generations.

  • The campus delivers training in Vocational Education and Training (VET)  programs and supports Katherine students studying Higher Education and Research.

Student clubs

Student Groups are one of the best and easiest ways to get involved, meet new people and have some fun at CDU. Come along and check out the current CDU Student Groups ranging from sporting, academic, cultural and many more.

Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

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