VET Student Guide 2019

Support and facilities at CDU

There's a lot more to being a student than just classrooms and assignments.

Some of your most memorable experiences may be just outside the classroom - making friends, joining sports clubs and societies, and networking with other students in a fun, relaxed and supportive environment.

Student campus life includes:

  • cafes
  • student lounges
  • libraries
  • gym
  • IT kiosk
  • sports facilities
  • bookshop
  • child care facilities
  • post office
  • transport.

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Student Central provides a one-stop services for students, where our highly trained and professional team provides exceptional customer service to facilitate, guide and contribute to the success of our students' journeys.

Student central is the hub where you can find help with:

  • course information
  • online enrolment
  • fees and payments
  • graduation
  • student cards
  • scholarships

Equity services provide support in a range of areas to assist you during your studies. CDU students can access these free confidential services in person or phone appointments. Make an appointment by phoning the number below or book online via our webpage.

T:  08 8946 6288
W:  Equity Services
Crisis Support out of hours T: 1300 933 393

These services include:

Counselling services - for students experiencing difficulties that are affecting their studies. professional staff can assist with personal, academic and balancing of study, work and family challenges, time management, or identifying skills and strategies to adjust to life in a new environment.

Disability, Access and Inclusion services - provides support and a range of measures to assist students with a disability, medical condition, mental health condition or is a carer. The services can provide adjustments to assist with accessing and participating in your studies. Come and see us to see if we can help you.

Careers and employment service - supports students to develop career management skills. CareerHub maintains a register of employment opportunities for students including graduate recruitment, full-time, part-time and casual employment opportunities, vacation, internship and volunteering opportunities.

Accommodation services - provides advice on accommodation options for students living away from home: on campus (International House Darwin), rental (off campus), shared (off campus) and homestay (off campus).

CDU has a free Learner Support Service (LSS) to help adult VET students build their skills and strategies as a learner and to provide assistance with assignments and assessments. The support provided is based on the course material so that it is useful and relevant to the individual needs of each student. This service is not available to secondary school students undertaking VSS.

CDU's Office of Indigenous Student Services (OISS) offers access to staff who provide discrete academic, pastoral and advocacy services and support to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. Whether you are looking to upskill, reskill, return to the workforce or start the next phase of your life, OISS is available to assist you in your VET and/or HE studies. With access to OISS centres and staff on CDU's Casuarina (Gurinbey), Katherine (Yangan.garr) and Alice Springs (Akaltye) campuses, OISS is committed to supporting all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to reach their full potential and succeed in their individual learning journey.

OISS reception
T:  08 8946 6479

While studying at CDU, you will have access to free student Wi-Fi from most locations across all CDU campuses. You will also receive a CDU email account as well as access to a variety of student computer labs.

The IT Kiosk is a space where you can obtain face-to-face support for CDU IT and communications services. The IT Kiosk is located at the Casuarina campus. You can also phone or visit their website

T:  09 8946 6600

For more information on IT Services for Student

If you're looking for long-term or short-term accommodation during your trade blocks, CDU has a range of accommodation options available.

International House Darwin (IHD)

IHD provides on campus living for CDU students in higher education, work placement and trades at CDU's Casuarina campus. The IHD community is a vibrant mix of Territory, interstate and international students. Its communal activities span academic and pastoral programs as well as cultural and social activities. Our office can work with you to find long or short term accommodations can assist with multiple trade block stays.

Visit IHD's website or call for information about the application process and costs.

P:  08 8946 6591

Alice Springs Student Accommodation (ASSA)

ASSA offers 34 modern rooms on campus, each with an ensuite. Communal kitchens and laundry facilities are available for guests. Visit the ASSA website or phone for information about the application process and costs.

P:  08 8959 5295

Katherine Student Accommodation (KSA)

KSA is nestled in the bushland of CDU's Katherine Rural Campus. Guests can use the computer lab, recreation room, swimming pool and multipurpose courts and oval. Visit the KSA website or call for information about the application process and costs.

P:  08 8973 8324

UniLodge Darwin

Situated on Casuarina Square, UniLodge offers students a large choice of rooms and pricing options in a modern and convenient living environment. It features a recreation room with pool tables and table tennis, a large media room, an outdoor terrace with BBQ's and study rooms on every level. For more information, please visit the UniLodge website or call the UniLodge concierge.

P:  08 8942 0706
W:  UniLodge Darwin


T:  08 8946 6288

Careers and employment

T:  08 8946 6288


T:  08 8946 7191
T:  08 8946 7192

CDU Bookshop

T:  08 8946 6497

CDU Child Care Centre

T:  08 8946 6913

CDU library services


Alice Springs campus library
T: 08 8946 6288

Casuarina campus library
T: 08 8946 6288

Palmerston campus library
T: 08 8946 6288


T: 08 8946 7738


T: 08 8946 6288

Disability services

T: 08 8946 6288


T: 08 8946 6500


T: 1800 061 963

Indigenous student support

T: 08 8946 6585

ITMS support

T: 08 8946 6600

Learner Support Services

T: 08 8946 7051

Learnline support

T: 1800 559 347

Post office

T: 08 8945 0075


T: 08 8946 6442


T: 1800 646 501

Alice Springs campus
T: 0428 816 741     Monday to Friday 8am to 10pm

Casuarina campus
T: 08 8946 7777    24-hour security services available

Darwin Waterfront
T: 08 8946 8888     CDU security staff during business hours. Wilson Security after hours.

Katherine Rural campus
T: 08 8946 8314     Monday to Friday 4.30pm to 9pm. After hours emergencies from 9pm to 8am

Palmerston campus
T: 08 8946 7888    24-hour security services available.

Student Central

T: 1800 061 963

The Gym@CDU

T: 08 8946 6971


T: 08 8946 6304


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Website updated December 2018