A Quick List of Universities in Australia

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Interested to study Down Under? Here is a handy list of universities in Australia, by states and their location and campuses. Click on the links to open up new pages with more information about each institution.

New South Wales

The universities in the most populous state include those in Sydney and those in regional areas.

Regional New South Wales universities:

  • University of Wollongong - about 1 hour or a bit more driving distance south of Sydney. It has two campuses in Wollongong, one in Shoalhaven and several centres along the south coast and in the Southern Highlands region. 
  • University of Newcastle, just 160 km north of Sydney, so not too bad if you still want to spend some time in the capital city of NSW. It has three campuses in or close to Newcastle, one further north, in Port Macquarie, and one in Sydney.
  • University of New England is in Armidale, midway between Sydney and Brisbane, in the New England Ranges.
  • Southern Cross Uni is further north in the tropical north coast, and has campuses in Lismore, Coffs Harbour, Tweed Heads and in Queensland's Gold Coast. 
  • Charles Sturt University has campuses in Goulburn, in the Central West region in: Dubbo, Bathurst and Orange, in the Riverina region in Wagga Wagga and further south in Albury-Wodonga on the border with Victoria. 

Sydney Universities

  • University of Sydney, the oldest in Australia, is in the suburb of Camperdown. It has some reputable alumni including an Australian Nobel prize winner.
  • University of New South Wales is located in Kensington. It offers postgraduate education via the highly sought after Australian Graduate School of Management. 
  • University of Technology Sydney has a campus near Central Station and another one in the north shore suburb of Lindfield.
  • Macquarie University is located in the suburb of North Ryde.
  • University of Western Sydney has its main campus in Parramatta and six others in the Greater Western Sydney area, extending as far as Penrith and Campbelltown.

List of Universities in Australia - Victoria

Similar to NSW, there are regional and Melbourne-based universities. 

Regional Victoria universities

  • University of Ballarat, offers both tertiary and vocational courses. It has three campuses in Ballarat and three in the Wimmera region. If we were to consider the fact that it is based on the School of Mines, which dates back to 1870, it would make sense to call it the third oldest university in Australia. However its year of establishment as the University of Ballarat is much closer to the end of the 20th century. 
  • Deakin University has two campuses in Geelong, one in Melbourne and one in Warrnambool. All great places, if you want to enjoy the beach while learning.
  • La Trobe University is present in regional areas of Bendigo, Albury-Wodonga, Shepparton, Mildura and has two more campuses in Melbourne.

Universities in Melbourne:

  • The University of Melbourne is the second oldest Australian university and its name is associated with several Nobel prize winners. It has five campuses in the Victorian capital city and three more in regional areas.
  • Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology has three campuses in Melbourne which offer both tertiary studies and TAFE courses.
  • Swinburne University of Technology is another uni that gives you plenty of choice between tertiary and vocational courses. It has six campuses in Melbourne.
  • Monash University, the second oldest in Victoria, has five campuses in the capital city and one in the Gippsland region. 
  • Victoria University has several campuses in Melbourne, where you can choose to study towards a higher degree or go for vocational courses.

List of Universities in Australia - Queensland

Brisbane based unis include:

  • University of Queensland is the oldest in the state and has a Nobel prize winner among its alumni. It has  four campuses: two in Brisbane and the other two west of it and not far away, in Ipswich and Gatton.
  • Queensland University of Technology has three campuses in Brisbane.
  • Griffith University has several locations in Brisbane and Gold Coast.

Across the state, from far north to south:

James Cook University has sites in Cairns, Townsville and Mackay, then in Mt Isa in the outback and Thursday Island in the Torres Strait.

Central Queensland of University has four campuses in the Capricorn region: in Rockhampton, Gladstone, Bundaberg, Emerald, one on the Sunshine Coast - in Noosa and one in the Mid Tropics - in Mackay. 

University of Sunshine Coast has a campus in Sippy Downs.

University of Southern Queensland teaches students in Brisbane, Toowoomba and the Fraser Coast. But the majority of students learn online.

Bond University is located in Robina, on the Gold Coast.

List of Universities in Australia - Canberra

Here is the choice if you are thinking about a university in the capital of the country:

  • The Australian National University is established by a Federal Parliament act. It is proudly associated with three Australian Nobel laureats, who all worked at its John Curtin School of Medical Research.
  • University of Canberra is located in the suburb of Bruce.
  • Australian Catholic University teaches students in Canberra and in three other states: Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.

List of Universities in Australia - the South

There are three tertiary education institutions in South Australia:

  • University of Adelaide, the third oldest of the universities in Australia has Nobel winners among its graduates. It has four campuses.
  • Flinders University has a campus in Adelaide, two locations in regional South Australia, two more in Victoria and four in Northern Territory.
  • University of South Australia has four campuses in Adelaide and one in Whyala.

Universities in Western Australia

  • University of Western Australia is the oldest in the state and has two locations in Perth and one Albany. Barry James Marshall, a 2005 Nobel prize winner was its student and teaches there.
  • Curtin University has several sites in Perth, one in Kalgoorlie, one in Margaret River.
  • Edith Cowan University has two campuses in Perth and one in Bunbury.
  • Murdoch University has two locations in Perth and one in Mandurah.
  • University of Notre Dame is a small catholic uni in Fremantle with an additional site in Broome.

List of Universities in Australia - Northern Territory and Tasmania

We grouped together the two unis in these states:

  • Charles Darwin University has five campuses: two in Darwin, and three more in Alice Springs, Katherine and Nhulunbuy.
  • University of Tasmania is the fourth oldest of the Australian universities and has three campuses in the state: in Hobart, Launceston and Cradle Coast. 

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