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Campus locations

  • Lismore
  • Coffs Harbour
  • Gold Coast


Southern Cross University is a multi-campus university on Australia’s east coast with a dynamic teaching and research profile. The University is proud of being young, flexible and innovative in the way it engages with local communities and creates change that has impact around the world.

Ranked in the world’s top 100 young universities*, Southern Cross has three main campuses: the Gold Coast in Queensland, and in Lismore and Coffs Harbour in New South Wales.

The regions we call home all have unique characteristics as study locations – from cosmopolitan cities, thriving industries and coastal lifestyles to living laboratories of great natural beauty and ecological diversity – all just outside the classroom. Branch campuses in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth operate in collaboration with EduCo. The University also operates The Hotel School Sydney and Melbourne in partnership with Mulpha Australia. A large and diverse range of courses is available online with teaching technologies that offer interactive and immersive learning experiences.

Southern Cross offers a diverse range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in science and health disciplines, law, engineering, education, humanities, creative arts, tourism, business and information technology. Specialist degrees in Indigenous knowledge, marine science, osteopathy, midwifery and psychology as well as a suite of double degrees round out a rich academic portfolio.

The University has a strong focus on industry and community collaboration to produce engaged teaching and research outcomes. Work placements and developing practical, industry-specific skills are a feature of our degrees, as is hands-on learning in laboratories, on field trips or through real-world projects. More than 17,000 students study with Southern Cross.

With the opening of the National Centre for Flood Research in 2018, the University is now home to nine research centres, all with deep connections to the communities they serve and a commitment to research output with global relevance, be it marine ecology, organic agriculture, plant and geoscience or adolescent development. In the latest Excellence in Research for Australia report, Southern Cross achieved outstanding ratings of ‘at world standard’ or above in 24 research fields; of those, nine were at the highest possible classification ‘well above world standard’.

*Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2019