New South Wales Universities

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The five New South Wales universities offer great studying options if you live in regional areas or want to break away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

They are the universities of Newcastle, Wollongong, New England, Charles Sturt and Southern Cross.

Wollongong is very close to Sydney, it is a commuting distance, although a bit longer - one hour and half by train or a bit less driving a car.

Newcastle is further away, north of Sydney, a two hour drive by car and more by train.

And it is a great place to enjoy student life.

University of Newcastle

Newcastle, a city 160 km north of Sydney has made it into the top 10 best cities in the world, as voted by readers of Lonely Planet in 2011. Great surfing beaches, art galleries and entertainment and close to the tourist areas of Hunter Valey and Port Stephens, the town has a lot going for it.

So if you were thinking about studying at one of the universities in Sydney, here's Newcastle as a great alternative, cheaper accommodation and excellent life style.

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The University of Newcastle is a major education institution of the Hunter region. It teaches local and international students since 1965 and offers both undergraduate and postgraduate programs.

 Whether you want to become a lawyer, medical doctor or a nutritionist, an engineer, architect, teacher or want to perform on stage, you will find a course that suits you. 

The university has several locations in New South Wales and one in Asia:

  • the City precinct with the Newcastle Business School for postgraduate programs and the School of Drama and Fine Art and Music; 
  • the main campus in the suburb of Callaghan, 12 km from the City; a Central Coast campus, at Ourimbah, where students can choose university courses or vocational programs offered by TAFE in partnership with the University of Newcastle; 
  • a north coast site, in Port Macquarie offering nursing, teaching and arts degrees as well as TAFE studies; 
  • a campus in Sydney, specialising in postgraduate business programs; 
  • a campus in Singapore.

New South Wales Universities - University of Wollongong

If you think that Newcastle is too far from Sydney, check Wollongong, about 60 km south of Sydney. You can drive or catch a train.

Established in 1951, the university offers degrees in arts, education, business, commerce and law, health and medicine, engineering, science. The medicine studies are through the Graduate School of Medicine, which means you need to have completed a previous bachelor degree.

The university has a range of sites across the South Coast, Sydney and overseas:

  • the main campus, close to the centre of Wollongong; 
  • the Innovation campus, in North Wollongong; 
  • Sydney Business School, which offers postgraduate - masters and MBAs - and executive education; 
  • the Dubai campus functions since 1993 with students from all over the world; 
  • the Shoalhaven campus; 
  • other education centres in Southern Sydney, Batemans Bay, Bega and Moss Vale.

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New South Wales Universities - University of New England

The university is situated in Armidale, half way between Sydney and Brisbane, on the New England Highway.  You can study as an external student, if you are interested in distance education, or on campus. 

The University of New England has four faculties and offers various courses in disciplines such as arts, business, law, science, education, health, medicine. Check it out at

New South Wales Universities - Charles Sturt Uni

It is a rather new educational centre - 20 years, with a wide spread across regional areas of New South Wales.

Its campuses, where you can choose to study courses in fields such as arts, business, science, education are in the regional cities of: 

  • Bathurst, 
  • Wagga Wagga, 
  • Albury-Wodonga - the twin cities on the border of NSW and Victoria, 
  • Dubbo, 
  • Orange, 
  • Goulbourn.

In addition some courses are offered in Canberra, Sydney, Parramatta, Manly, Melbourne and Ontario (Canada). For details visit

Southern Cross

Southern Cross is a regional university in the northern NSW and has campuses in Lismore and along the coast in Coffs Harbour, Tweed Heads and Gold Coast in Queensland. It also runs the Hotel School in Sydney in association with the tourism industry. 

It offers courses in arts, education, tourism, science, health, business, law, Indigenous studies. Get all the details at

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