Southern Cross University, Lismore

Southern Cross University, Lismore

New South Wales, Australia | Public


The Southern Cross University, Lismore, fondly known as the SCU, is a public Australian university located in Lismore, New South Wales that was founded in 1994. It is ranked in the top 100 best universities in the Asia-Pacific region for 2017. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar and it offers a variety of programs. Over the years, SCU has invested in research that has resulted in world-class expertise in research fields such as plant conservation, geochemistry and biotechnology. The SCU counts with six schools including School of Arts and Social Sciences, School of Education, School of Environment, Science and Engineering, School of Health and Human Sciences, School of Business and Tourism, School of Law and Justice and Gnibi College of Indigenous Australian Peoples. Last year, SCU made it to the top 150 best young universities in the world based on their research, teaching, international outlook and industry income.



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The Southern Cross University is located on Military Road in the East Lismore, NSW, surrounded by the Invercauld Road and the Industry Dr. Its setting is the city, therefore, it is surrounded by a lot of great stores and restaurants like Asya Groceries, Aldi, Coles, Little Nonya Restaurant, La Vida Bar and Restaurant, Wyrallah Road Shopping Center and others to ensure that the students have a lot to do off-campus as well.


The SCU campus size is over 75 hectares; the campus has over 20 buildings. The campus offers amazing innovating facilities including engineering and science precinct, contemporary music and visual arts studios, environmental laboratories and the SCU Health Clinic. The Lismore campus library is located in the Goodman Plaza and it was designed with ample choices of comfortable spaces that include study rooms, group study rooms, cafes, academic skills areas, lounges, balcony for outdoor study, wireless access and more. Also, the campus has two main sports areas including the Maurie Ryan Oval and the Darrel Chapman Sports facility that counts with 4 tennis courts, netball courts and basketball courts.

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SCU offers services to help you find accommodation on-campus residences or off-campus private rentals. There are a variety of options on campus; most of them are comfortable, modern and fully-furnished apartments with kitchen, dining area and bathroom. Even though living on campus is one way to live the full experience of college, many students prefer to have their own accommodation for a more independent environment. In this case, Unistays is a service that helps students find off-campus housing from short to long terms like apartments, share-houses and granny flats.


The learning experience at SCU is good. Students claim that the majority of professors are experienced and have full knowledge of the content, bringing real life experiences into the academic environment and always up to help.

Jobs and placements

The University offers a variety of jobs during the year. It could be a casual professional employment register or a casual academic employment register. To apply for these jobs you need to fill an online application, attach the CV and you will be able to check vacancies and positions available. On the other hand, the average salary of an SCU Alumni is about $63,000 per year and the best paying degree at SCU is MBA, with alumni earning an average salary of $77,000.

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