Southern Cross University

Rank 32
Location Lismore
Established 1994
Famous For Engineering, Health, Humanities


Southern Cross University is a public university majorly located in the states of New South Wales and Queensland in Australia. The university was founded in 1994 and has since then grown to become a leading educational institution in the region. 

The university has a diverse range of undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs to choose from in various disciplines, including business, law, health sciences, engineering, environmental science, education, arts and social sciences. It is known for its research expertise in a range of fields, including environmental science, marine biology, education, and indigenous studies. There are flexible study options, including online and distance learning, part-time and full-time study, and intensive study sessions, making it easier for students to take up the study courses according to their needs and interests. 

Services for International Students

Southern Cross University provides a host of student support services to make their study years safe, comfortable and successful in all aspects. They can get access to academic support, career development services, health and wellbeing services, and disability services, among others. The university also has a dedicated International Student Support team that provides support with visa applications, accommodation, language support, and cultural adjustment.


  • 601-800th in the World University Rankings by Times Higher Education in 2023 
  • 164th in the Young Universities Ranking of 2022 by Times Higher Education 
  • 651-660th in the QS World University Rankings of 2024
  • 997th in the Best Global Universities category by US News Rankings


The university offers on-campus housing and off-campus accommodation services for students. The on-campus accommodation at its Lismore and Coffs Harbour campuses includes single rooms, shared rooms, and apartments. Each room is fully furnished and includes a bed, desk, chair, wardrobe, and Wi-Fi. The on-campus accommodation also provides communal facilities, including kitchens, lounges, study areas, and laundry facilities. Students can also take up the off-campus accommodation options that include the chance to live with a local family with the homestay programs. 

About Location

The university has multiple campuses across different locations in Australia. The main campuses are located in Lismore, Coffs Harbour, and Gold Coast. These campuses offer a unique location setting to students, and they can engage in a range of activities. Whether students prefer the natural environment of Lismore, the coastal setting of Coffs Harbour, or the vibrant culture of the Gold Coast, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

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