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Travel to SCU

SCU campuses are accessible by car, public transport, cycleways and footpaths. Select one of the campus name buttons to find out your best travel options for each campus or visit Going Places for information on region-wide travel.

Travel is one of the biggest contributors of greenhouse gas emissions for the University as a whole. Making an informed decision on how you travel to SCU can have positive impacts on your health, wellbeing and the environment, as well as saving you money.

Facilities Management and Services website has detailed information on parking restrictions and permits at all campuses. Visitors need to contact Facilities Management and Services to arrange for a visitor parking permit.

Additional travel information for international students, including accommodation options, is available on the SCU International website.

Travel to SCU

Gold Coast campus

Public transport

The SCU Gold Coast campus is serviced by Translink bus services. For timetables, maps and journey planners please visit the Translink website or download the free MyTransLink app. For discounted travel on public transport in Queensland see Travel concessions.

Cycling and walking

Bike racks are located at all three campuses. Showers are located on Level 1, Gold Coast campus.

For further information on the best routes for cycling and walking please see the links below:

Parking - Gold Coast campus

Parking for the Southern Cross University Gold Coast campus is currently provided in three locations.

The first two parking locations are adjacent to the campus, which is located off Southern Cross Drive, Bilinga. Directly in front of the Building A there are 113 parking spaces available on a first-come, first-served basis. Eight spaces are marked for disabled parking. Ten of these car parking spaces are reserved for SCU Health Clinic patients. They are marked with a sign and are on the line of parking closest to the building.

An additional 700 car parking spaces have been allocated within the Gold Coast Airport uncovered long-term car park, which is located about 150 metres north of the campus. Spaces in this car park are via swipe card access. Students who are studying full-time are provided cards, based on a ballot. Cards are also provided to staff who work on a full-time basis.

The swipe cards are allocated from the Student Services Hub, located on the ground floor of the Building A.

Currently all parking options are provided free of charge.

There is street parking available within 15 minutes walk of the Gold Coast campus, some of which has time limit restrictions and some is unlimited. Please check street signage to ensure you are aware of any street parking restrictions.

For information on parking arrangements please contact the Gold Coast campus Student Services Hub on 07 5589 3001 or email goldcoastparking@scu.edu.au.

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Travel to SCU

Lismore campus

Public transport

The SCU Lismore campus is serviced by a number of bus routes. Please see links below for timetables and maps.

For discounted travel on public transport in New South Wales see Travel concessions.

Staff and students at the Lismore campus can also utilise the Lismore Campus Shuttle Bus service.

Cycling and walking

Bike racks are centrally located outside SCU Fitness for You; outside A, B, V and Z blocks; and undercover bike racks are located outside Student Services (Learning Centre side) and the Whitebrook theatre.

Showers are located on Level 1, F Block; P Block; Level 1, A Block (in staff room - not available to students); and the gym/pool (you will need to purchase $3 swim pass to access showers).

For further information on the best routes for cycling and walking please visit the RMS Cycleway Finder website.

Carpooling

Car pool logo Do you want to save wear and tear on your car? Share fuel costs? Reduce greenhouse gas emissions? Help improve the environment? Meet others at SCU? Arrange to carpool with your friends, or use this FREE web-based matching service links SCU staff and students with other people travelling to the same location.

Parking

At Lismore campus there are four student car parks: two at the entrance from Military Rd, one at the entrance from Kellas St, and one along Rifle Range Rd. You are welcome to park in any of these car parks. Please be aware that if you park in any of the car parks that are reserved for staff, guests, disabled, or other restricted parking, this may result in receiving a fine. See the Lismore campus map to find designated student parking areas.

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Coffs Harbour campus

Public transport

The SCU Coffs Harbour campus is serviced by several bus services. For timetables, maps and journey planners please visit the Coffs Harbour Public Transport website.

For discounted travel on public transport in New South Wales see Travel concessions.

Cycling and walking

To access maps for cycleways and information about cycling around Coffs Harbour visit the On Your Bike! website.

Carpooling

Car pool logo Do you want to save wear and tear on your car? Share fuel costs? Reduce greenhouse gas emissions? Help improve the environment? Meet others at SCU? Arrange to carpool with your friends, or use this FREE web-based matching service links SCU staff and students with other people travelling to the same location.

Parking

At Coffs Harbour campus there are two student car parks both located on the right hand side of the campus at the Hogbin Drive entrance. You are welcome to park in any of these car parks. Please be aware that parking in any of the car parks that are reserved for staff, guests, disabled or other restricted parking (as signed) may result in a fine. See the Coffs Harbour campus map to see designated parking areas.

* The Northern Rivers and Mid North Coast carpooling websites (www.nrcarpool.org and www.carpoolmnc.org) are not under SCU's control. SCU is providing these links for your convenience only, and does not in any way endorse the contents of the websites nor any services provided by the Northern Rivers and Mid North Coast Carpooling Projects. You access and use the Websites at your own risk. The Trade Practices Act 1974 (Cth) and similar State and Territory legislation in Australia may confer rights and remedies on you which cannot be excluded, restricted or modified. Subject to any such non-excludable rights, SCU disclaims all warranties, expressed and implied, as to the accuracy, value, legality or otherwise for any services, materials or information contained on the website. You should carefully review the terms of use and privacy policies of the website.

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Travel concessions

International students studying in Australia are generally not eligible for travel concessions.

Queensland

Students residing in Queensland may be eligible for travel concession which entitles the passenger to 50% off fares on approved public transport throughout Queensland. See Translink's Tertiary Transport Concession page for eligibility and how to apply.

New South Wales

Students residing in New South Wales may be eligible for a NSW Tertiary Student Concession foil which entitles half fare travel on trains, buses, Sydney Ferries, light rail services, NSW TrainLink services and the Airport Link Gate Pass (station access fee). See Transport NSW's Tickets for Tertiary Students page for eligibility. To apply, visit an SCU Student Centre or call 1800 005 687.

Travellers within specific parts of NSW are now required to purchase an Opal card which will replace paper-based tickets from January 2016. SCU students are now able to apply for a Concession Opal Card. To apply for an Opal Card follow these steps:

  1. You'll need to give your consent so we can share your information with Transport for NSW. You can do this online via your My Enrolment site and selecting MySCU Details. Allow 2 business days for this information to reach Transport for NSW before applying for your Concession Opal Card.
  2. Next, apply for your Concession Opal card. Visit the Opal website or call 13 67 25 (13 OPAL) Just make sure you have your student enrolment information when applying and remember to set up auto top-up, so you're always ready to travel.
  3. Your card will be posted to your mailing address (5-7 days after your application is completed). Activate your card when it arrives.

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