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Charles Darwin University

Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
Charles Darwin University is a multi-sector university which provides training and education to more than 21,000 students across its eight campuses and centres in the Northern Territory and Australia. 

Distance Learning Courses

Social Sciences (2)
Business & Management (1)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)
Humanities (1)
Medicine & Health (1)



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's diverse Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses have been designed to suit a range of career fields. Flexible study options are available to help you complete your course - on campus or externally online. Both of these options are supported by CDU to ensure you feel confident in your studies.


Located in the remote far north of Australia, research is central to the purpose of Charles Darwin University, and closely tied to the needs of the Northern Territory and the Territory’s immediate region: Timor Leste, Eastern Indonesia and the Arafura Sea.


The CDU Careers and Employment team offers career development services to current CDU students and recent graduates.


Student services

  • Accommodation
  • Banking
  • Campus maps
  • CDU Bookshop
  • Student Advocacy
  • Childcare
  • Food and drink
  • Hair and beauty services
  • IT Kiosk
  • Libraries
  • Medical services
  • Parking
  • Post office
  • Transport
  • Student lounges
  • The Gym

Housing services

There are plenty of accommodation options in Darwin: on-campus accommodation, student accommodation, and private renting.

  • International House Darwin (IHD)
Part of a network of International Houses in Australia and overseas, IHD, on Casuarina campus offers both local and international students a residential community.
  • UniLodge Darwin
UniLodge Darwin student accommodation opened in February 2015, offering students a modern and convenient living environment only 800 meters from the gates of Charles Darwin University.
  • Off-campus accommodation
The CDU off-campus accommodation service is designed to assist new and continuing students and staff to search for appropriate accommodation while studying or working at CDU.

Library services

The Office of Library Services (OLS) provides high quality information resources, services and facilities to support the learning, teaching and research needs of the Charles Darwin University community.

ICT services

  • CDU maintains both general purpose and specialised computer-based teaching laboratories across all campuses, and also smaller labs at our regional centres and remote teaching sites.
  • The Office of Information Technology Management and Supportcan assist you with email, internet, phone and voicemail access, software and hardware purchasing, training, and student computer lab access and information.

Medical services

TheCDU Medical Centre is situated on the Casuarina campus of Charles Darwin University at the corner of Lakeside and Ellengowan Drives.

Student Life

Campus life

  • Charles Darwin University's Casuarina campus, is located about 12 km from the city centre.
  • Charles Darwin University's Alice Springs campus is a major educational hub catering for students in the town and in Central Australia’s remote communities.
  • Charles Darwin University’s Palmerston campus is a friendly, warm and welcoming place.
  • The Katherine campus is located in a rapidly developing mining, agricultural, horticultural and tourist region. It is well served by road with buses arrive daily in Katherine from the north and south.
  • Charles Darwin University offers Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses to Certificate IV level at Nhulunbuy Campus

Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

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