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ACU has seven campuses around Australia and two of these are in Sydney, one in North Sydney and one in Strathfield.

ACU has seven campuses around Australia and two of these are in Sydney, one in North Sydney and one in Strathfield.

This blog is going to shine a light on our Strathfield Campus (Mount Saint Mary).

It is in one of Sydney’s oldest suburbs, our Strathfield Campus is located 14km west of the Sydney city centre.

You can study arts, business, commerce, exercise science, law, philosophy,psychology, social work, teaching and education and theology at this leafy campus.



All of our campuses are beautiful, although Strathfield is a stand-out for its historical buildings and spacious courtyards with shading and seating – perfect for outdoor study, relaxing or lunch!

The campus caters well for outdoor activities with rugby and soccer ovals as well as a cricket pitch. There’s also no need to leave campus for lunch or coffee, with the cafeteria located near the Student Centre. It provides well-priced food and drinks and an indoor seating area.

There are spaces for students to relax and socialise and for parents – the Common Room and the Parents Room.
The Common Room is located between the bookshop and the library and is a great place for students to relax and socialise in. The room has a pool table, couches, booths, a TV/DVD player and kitchen facilities.

The Parents room has facilities for nursing mothers and parents with small children and is located near the quiet room behind the student common room.

Library and Booksop

The Strathfield Campus library is located in the L building opposite the shaded area. The library houses a wide range of loan materials, computers, scanners, printers, photocopiers and AV facilities.

The Co-op Bookshop is located near the cafeteria and is open Monday to Friday with extended hours during the beginning of semester.


Clubs and services

You can join the student association which you’ll see on Facebook and participate in fun events and make friends and there are plenty of clubs, societies, and events you can take part in.

Our Campus Ministry has an open door policy and plenty of activities for students who want to celebrate their faith.

The campus also offers a range of support services, including:



The buildings on our Strathfield campus date back to 1886. A large country mansion was built by three joint tentants which was named Mount Royal – we now know it as the Edmund Rice Building. It has been residence to various occupants including former Australian Prime Minister /New South Wales Premier Rt Hon Sir George Houston Reid who resided in the mansion during 1903 and 1904.

In 1907 the property was acquired by the Chirstian Brothers, who also acquired two adjoining properties, and it became the centre of the Christian Brothers Congregation for Australia and New Zealand.

In 1908 the Mount Saint Mary College was inaugurated for the training of teaching monks.


Under the ownership of the Christian Brothers, a number of additions to the property were made including a Gothic chapel in 1908-1909, The Barron Memorial Chapel (also known as the Mount. St. Mary College Chapel) in 1925 and the Mullens building in 1931 to name a few.

In 1974 the first male lay students were enrolled in the College and in 1975 the Diploma in Primary/Junior Secondary Teaching was approved as a course in Advanced Education. In 1980 a Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Studies, Pastoral Guidance was introduced and  In the same year, approval was obtained for a joint Bachelor of Education with Polding College to teach a Years 5-8 program which commenced in 1982.

In 1981 the Catholic Teachers’ College, Polding College and Mount Saint Mary College amalgamated and in January 1982 they became the Catholic College of Education Sydney.

At the end of 1990, the Catholic College of Education Sydney formally handed responsibility for the college and its operations to Australian Catholic University (ACU).

In 2002, ACU purchased the Our Lady of Loreto Nursing Home from the St Vincent de Paul Society. The building was developed and re-named after ACU’s Foundation Chancellor, His Eminence Cardinal Edward Clancy AC – The Edward Clancy Bulding.



Our Strathfield campus is an easy place to get to!

Students can take a train or bus to Strathfield station where our free shuttle bus can take you to and from campus which takes just between 8 and 15 minutes (traffic dependent!).

Our ACU Shuttle Bus runs Monday to Friday all year round (excluding Christmas and public holidays) and leaves from Strathfield Square every 10-20 minutes, dependent on time of day.

A parking lot is also available and there are many walking and bike routes to the campus.

Virtual Tour

Why not take a look for yourself! You can take a 360 degree virtual walk through our Strathfield Campus here


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