North Sydney

Our MacKillop Campus is in the bustling suburb of North Sydney, just a short commute from the central business district. Surrounded by tall buildings, cafes and shops, the open grounds provide a pocket of peacefulness within a vibrant corner of Australia’s largest city.  

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Just a 5-minute train ride over the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge from the Sydney city centre, the North Sydney Campus (MacKillop) is conveniently located in the North Sydney business precinct.

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Getting to North Sydney

It’s easy to travel to our North Sydney Campus. There are many trains, buses, cycling and walking routes passing close by. The choice is yours.

North Sydney Station is on the well-serviced Northern and North Shore train lines. To plan your trip to North Sydney Station, we recommend that you use the City Rail Trip Planner.

North Sydney Campus is an easy walk from North Sydney Station. To get there, walk through the Greenwood Plaza and up the escalators until you come out at the Miller Street and Pacific Highway intersection. From there, turn left up Mount Street and then right down Edward Street.

Public transport tickets, including MyBus and MyMulti, are available for purchase from the North Sydney Bookshop.


If you’ve checked out your available sustainable transport options but have chosen to drive, see our parking information below.

There is no parking on campus for students at any time, other than very limited facilities for students with disabilities (temporary or permanent).

On-street parking is not available Monday to Friday within easy walking distance of the University. Students are requested to use public transport.

Limited-time metered parking and paid parking stations are located in the North Sydney CBD.

Arrangements for disabled parking can be made by calling MacKillop Reception through 1300 ASK ACU (275 228).

An access ramp from upper-level parking to the James Carroll Building is provided for ease of entry. There is also a lift inside the James Carroll Building with access to all levels. For access to Level 1 of the library, contact the Disability Advisor on +61 2 9739 2370.

We all know that physical activity is good for your health, studies and general wellbeing. The easiest way to get active is to incorporate walking into your everyday activities, such as your journey to campus.

Visit North Sydney Council’s Walking North Sydney page for more information and maps.

Riding to work or university is a great way to get fit, save time and money and do your bit to help the environment. The Ride the City website provides many detailed bike routes, and North Sydney Council offers online cycling information and maps.

MacKillop Campus has three end-of-trip facilities available to students and staff:

  • 40 Edward Street: A single bike rack holding up to six bikes is located on the boundary between 40 and 42 Edward Street, just inside the boom gate. Male and female change rooms and showers are located on the first floor of the James Carroll Building at 40 Edward Street. The change rooms have day-use lockers that are free of charge, but are highly sought after. 

  • Tenison Woods House: A bike rack (fourteen bikes in a cage adjacent to Bay 15A), unisex showers and a unisex toilet are located on B1 of Tenison Woods House – the top level of the car park. The shower and toilet are adjacent to Bay 13A. Extra female only toilets are located in the ground floor lobby area. Bike entry to Level B1 parking is via the main car park entry off Napier Street.

  • Berry Street: Cyclist’s facilities are located on the basement level. There are 25 bike racks, showers, toilets and disabled toilet/shower. There are also 16 day-use lockers . Access to this facility is via Doohat Lane (off Berry Street) at the rear of the 8-10 Berry Street building. Signage indicates the entrance and intercom. Press the intercom next to the roller door. Exit is via the green button on the right-hand side of the basement roller door. Bikes must not be brought down to the basement via the lifts at any time. Staff members with existing access cards can have them upgraded to include the roller shutter. Roller door access cannot be added to staff members card, access is only via intercom.

Many bus services to North Sydney stop at Blues Street, adjacent to the station, or on the Pacific Highway.

We recommend that you use the Sydney Buses Trip Planner to plan your bus journey to the campus.

Public transport tickets, including MyBus and MyMulti, are available for purchase from the North Sydney Co-op Bookshop.

Life on campus

North Sydney Life on Campus

In Sydney, there’s always something happening on campus. Take part in the many free social events, join a student society or sports group or just make the most of the excellent on campus facilities including the outdoor cafe area.

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Common areas

Our common area is an ideal place to relax, eat and socialise. This room has a pool table, television and plenty of seating, including comfortable couches.


Visit our health clinics for access to student-led, professionally supervised speech pathology, counselling and occupational therapy services.

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Stock up on textbooks, stationery and ACU apparel at the School Locker Bookshop. Located on campus, the shop has everything you need to get studying.


We’re here to help you get the most out of your studies. Explore all the facilities available to you when you join us at MacKillop.

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If you have an event, we have a space. Our campus has an array of spaces available for board meetings, presentations and networking events.

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Life on campus

In Sydney, there’s always something happening on campus. Take part in the many free social events, join a student society or sports group or just make the most of the excellent on campus facilities including the outdoor cafe area.

Find out more about student life

North Sydney lifestyle

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Studying in North Sydney means you’ll be spoilt for choice when looking for things to do outside of class. Sydney’s world-famous beaches, parks and central business district are all within easy reach of campus.

Shopping, cafes, clubs and pubs are all on offer, as are beautiful walks and, of course, historic sights like the Sydney Harbour Bridge. However you want to spend your free time, you’ll always find something to do

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We take your safety seriously. Read this vital safety information to know who to contact in an emergency and what support is on hand.

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University history

Our MacKillop Campus dates back to the days of Mary MacKillop and the Congregation of the Sisters of St Joseph. Find out more .

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