1994 - 2014 was an exciting time for Southern Cross University as it evolved from what was a Teachers College, in the 1970s, into a fully-fledged University with its own identity in 1994.


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.


For 20 years, Southern Cross University has been conducting research and research training that has global and regional impact and relevance. It is has developed world-class expertise across a range of research fields, and in the 2012 Excellence in Research for Australia national report received the top rating of 'well above world standard' in six key research areas.


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Distance Learning Courses

Business & Management (21)
Social Sciences (9)
Arts, Design & Architecture (8)
Law (8)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (5)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (5)
Applied Sciences & Professions (4)
Engineering & Technology (4)
Medicine & Health (4)
Computer Science & IT (3)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (3)
Agriculture & Forestry (1)
Humanities (1)


Student services

Need to find a place to live, some career advice, perhaps a small loan, a counsellor or a visit to the medical practice? You don't have to be on-campus to access many of the services and support resources available to you as an SCU student. Check out the menu and make sure you know about the help that is available to you and download the Mobile@SCU app to connect directly with the University.

Housing services

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

Library services

Southern Cross University has libraries at each of its Lismore, Gold Coast and Coffs Harbour campuses.  The libraries provide quiet study areas, collaborative spaces, bookable group study rooms, computing and wireless facilities, and access to online and print resources.  The University also provides study centres in Grafton and Byron Bay for students to use for individual or group study.

ICT services

Some computing labs are available at all times for casual use ie. they are not timetabled for teaching purposes. Labs that are timetabled are still available for casual use, however if a class is scheduled to commence, please ensure you vacate the room in time for the class to commence.

Medical services

University insurances do not protect students in respect of claims against them for damage or injury caused in relation to non-University activities, including accommodation and non-University sporting or recreational activities.

Student Life

Campus life

Southern Cross University is a vibrant, contemporary Australian university with beautiful campuses at the Gold Coast, Lismore and Coffs Harbour.

Coffs Harbour campus

Located halfway between Sydney and Brisbane, the Coffs Harbour campus is close to some of the finest surf beaches and a spectacular World Heritage listed rainforest. Situated on the southern side of the city, the campus is minutes from international standard sporting facilities and the airport. Student accommodation in a peaceful setting is located just minutes away from the academic precinct.

Sports facilities

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

Student clubs

CoastRs is your Gold Coast Student Association run by students for students. We aim to deliver equitable services to all students, internal and external by implementing funds in student facilities and services focusing on Engagement, Advocacy and Welfare. Our membership is $1 annually and all students are welcome to join.

East Lismore, New South Wales, Australia