Travel to SCU

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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 SCUGold 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 provided for students, staff and University visitors on a seek-and-find basis. There are 1,050 spaces surrounding our three buildings including 17 disabled spaces and 20 motorcycle spaces. In addition there are 10 spaces allocated for visitors to the Health Clinic. 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 SCULismore campus

Public transport

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

Starting from 4 December 2017 Blanches Bus Company are operating two trial express commuter bus services connecting Lismore with Ballina, Lennox Head and Byron Bay; and Lismore with Bexhill, Clunes, Bangalow and Byron Bay. Look for the 640x and 641x routes on the Blanches Timetables and Maps page.

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 Safety Shuttle Bus.

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, and at SCU Fitness.

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

Northern Rivers Car PoolCarpooling

  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 the FREE web-based matching service from Northern Rivers Carpool. It links SCU staff and students with other people travelling to the same location. Register at Northern Rivers Carpool.

Parking – Lismore campus

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 Mountain Biking and Cycling section of Coffs Harbour Council website.

Northern Rivers Car PoolCarpooling

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 the FREE web-based matching service from Northern Rivers Carpool. It links SCU staff and students with other people travelling to the same location. Register at Northern Rivers Carpool.

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 to see designated parking areas.

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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 per cent 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 discount.

Transport for NSW offer two ticket options based on your location of travel.

1. Sydney and surrounding areas — Opal Concession Card

Opal Card - Sydney

2. Regional NSW — Transport Concession Entitlement Card

Opal Card - Regional

To apply, follow the below steps:

  1. Confirm your eligibility by visiting Transport for NSW Eligibility
  2. 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 two business days for this information to reach Transport for NSW before applying for your Concession Opal Card.
  3. Apply for your Concession card by visiting:
    1. Opal Concession Card
    2. Transport Concession Entitlement Card
    Ensure you have your student enrolment information when applying.
  4. Allow 8–10 days after your application is approved to receive your card in the mail.
  5. Opal Cards will need activating when your card when it arrives.

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* 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.