Southern Cross

Southern Cross University

Southern Cross University is a progressive, young and connected regional research university, with vibrant campuses in two states. They are in locations of extraordinary natural beauty and creativity: Coffs Harbour in the Mid North Coast and Lismore in the Northern Rivers of New South Wales. Southern Cross University's fastest-growing campus is uniquely located at the Gold Coast Airport in southern Queensland, overlooking Kirra Beach. 

We also offer degrees in Sydney and Melbourne at branch campuses and through The Hotel School in partnership with Mulpha Australia.

Many of our degrees are available in a dynamic online form. Whether studying on-campus, online, or both, we deliver exciting, contemporary and high quality learning experiences. We also deliver degrees with collaborators in China, Papua New Guinea and New Zealand.

We aim to produce graduates who are career ready, world ready and digitally literate, and who experience an academic environment distinctive for its personal approach.

The University has a strong focus on industry and community collaboration to produce engaged teaching and research outcomes. This connectivity is seeing Southern Cross University lead the $13.8m national Farming Together Pilot Program, partnering with the Northern Rivers Co-operatives Alliance and the Australian Government.

The University has also introduced an important new Centre for Organics Research with the NSW Department of Primary Industries. 

University rankings

Southern Cross University is among Times Higher Education 150 world's best young universities for 2016. The rankings are based on the THE World University Rankings - teaching, research, citations, international outlook and industry income. 

In the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2015 national report, SCU achieved outstanding ratings of 'at world standard' or above in 24 research fields. In nine research fields SCU was evaluated at the highest possible classification of 'well above world standard'. This was achieved in the fields of Geochemistry, Oceanography, Environmental Science and Management, Zoology, Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences, Crop and Pasture Production, Forestry Sciences, Nursing, Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

Southern Cross University has been consistently ranked in the top two in Australia for international student support by the International Student Barometer survey.


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

Personalised campus tours, guided by current Southern Cross University students, are available for you to see what our University is like. To book a tour freecall 1800 626 481 or email

Lismore campus

Lismore CampusLocated in the vibrant Northern Rivers region, the Lismore campus is set on more than 75 hectares of lush landscaped gardens and rainforest walkways. The Lismore campus houses specialist facilities including the Law Moot Court, Nursing and Massage and Osteopathy Room, Sport and Exercise Science facilities including a Biomechanics laboratory and purpose built facilities for Contemporary Music, Visual Arts and Media students. 

Coffs Harbour campus

Coffs Harbour CampusLocated midway between Sydney and Brisbane, the Coffs Harbour campus offers a friendly learning environment, close to some of the finest surf beaches and a spectacular World Heritage listed rainforest. Contemporary teaching facilities include a purpose built Nursing laboratory complete with simulated wards, and early childhood teaching facilities. [ More about the Coffs Harbour campus and campus video .

Gold Coast campus 

Gold Coast CampusOnly 400 metres from North Kirra Beach and next to the Gold Coast Airport in Coolangatta, the Gold Coast campus is the University's newest. With views of the Pacific Ocean, an innovative shared services hub and industry standard facilities, the campus provides a great study environment in a contemporary setting. Sydney and Melbourne branch campuses (International students)

SCU Sydney campusSouthern Cross University's two new branch campuses Sydney and Melbourne are both conveniently located in the central business districts. Studying at SCU Sydney or Melbourne gives international students the opportunity to study undergraduate or postgraduate degrees in two of the world's most liveable cities. 

The Hotel School Sydney and Melbourne

The Hotel School Sydney The Hotel School Sydney is a unique educational partnership between Southern Cross University and Mulpha Australia, a major player in the hospitality industry. The combination of excellence from Southern Cross University and industry connectivity from Mulpha Australia creates an innovative learning environment. The Hotel School delivers the Bachelor of Business in Hotel Management, Graduate Certificate in International Tourism Management, Graduate Diploma of International Tourism and Hotel Management and the Master of International Tourism and Hotel Management.

The Hotel School opened its new school in Melbourne in October, 2015. The Hotel School Melbourne is located in the heart of the city and delivers the same programs.

Where you want to study?