ACU aims to help students and staff to choose the most sustainable way to travel to and from campus. Remember, how you get to campus is important. It impacts on our local communities, on our environment and also on your health, wellbeing and finances.
Strathfield Train Station is a major transport hub located on the Western, Inner West, Northern, South, Blue Mountains, Southern Highlands, and Newcastle and Central Coast train lines.
To plan your trip to Strathfield Station, we recommend that you use the City Rail Trip Planner. To get to Strathfield Campus from the station, you can use the Strathfield Campus Shuttle Bus or take a 20 minute walk from the station to the campus, via Albert Road.
The following ten Sydney bus services stop at Strathfield Train Station: Sydney Buses 408, 415, 458, 459, 466, 480, 525, 526 and Transdev Buses 913, 914.
Bus 407 stops near the campus on Barker Road and bus 483 stops on the corner of Barker Road and South Street.
Use the Sydney Buses Transport Planner to plan your trip on these buses and see the Transdev NSW website for timetables and route information.
ACU Shuttle Bus
There is a free ACU shuttle bus running between Strathfield Station and the Strathfield Campus. This service runs Monday to Friday all year round (except Christmas and Public Holidays).
- The shuttle bus leaves from the “Kiss and Ride” stand in Strathfield Square on the south side of Strathfield Train Station. It has Australian Catholic University signage.
- The shuttle bus stop on campus is located at the end of S Block near Campus Operations (see our campus map for more details).
Time and frequency
The first shuttle service leaves Strathfield Station at 7:10am and the final service departs Strathfield Campus at 8:45pm.
- During semester the frequency of the bus is approximately every 10 minutes from 7:10am until 2:00pm, and every 15-20 minutes from 2.00pm until 9.00pm.
- During exam periods the frequency of the bus is approximately every 10-15 minutes from 7:10am until 11:00am, and every 20 minutes from 11:00am until 9:00pm.
- During semester break the frequency of the bus is approximately every 20-30 minutes from 7:10am till 9:00pm.
Please be advised: there should be no open food containers or drinks on the bus at any time (excluding covered coffee cups and bottles of water).
If you've checked out your available sustainable transport options but have chosen to drive, see below for information about parking.
Access to the staff parking areas is available only with an ACU issued staff parking sticker. To obtain a parking sticker you must first complete a service desk request. The parking stickers are then available for collection from Campus Operations during office hours. Please ensure you have your car registration number on hand when collecting a sticker.
There are two designated parking areas for students:
- The front car park on the right as you enter the campus from Barker Road
- The far western car park beside the Creative Arts Building (access off Barker Road).
Students should NOT park in the staff car park at the southern and eastern side of S Block or at the Clancy building through the boom gates unless parking in a disabled spot. Please note parking is limited.
Reserved car parking
There are a number of reserved parking spaces on the Main Campus (outside E Block at the roundabout) and the Clancy Campus (inside the entrance facing the street).
Reserved car parking spots are designed for guests/visitors to ACU and must be prearranged by completing a Request Form (MS Word Document, 88KB) and attaching to a service desk request in Service Central. Bookings are subject to availability.
There are a number of disabled parking spaces available on campus, refer to the Strathfield Campus Map.
Students, staff and visitors wishing to park in designated disabled parking spaces must hold and display an RTA issued pass.
For any enquiries regarding parking please contact Reception through Service Central on (07) 3623 7272.
When parking in neighbouring streets please respect local residents and park in a safe and respectful manner.
There is one campus vehicle available for hire at Strathfield Campus.
Car bookings can be made by completing a booking form (MS Word Document, 94KB), attaching it to a service desk request in Service Central.
This booking is subject to availability. Overnight car bookings are subject to the approval of the Campus Operations Manager.
The rate for hiring these vehicles is 70c a km with a minimum charge of $20 dollars a day. This will be charged back to your faculty or department.
Please read the University's policy on driver safety for further information
Strathfield Campus is close to several major cycling routes, and there are two bike lock-up points on campus. These are located at:
Main Campus Bike Racks
Bike racks can be found on the main campus. Once entering the Campus through the main gate on Barker Rd, the bike racks are located on the right hand side of the driveway on the grassed area as shown.
Edward Clancy Building
Bike Lockers Bike lockers can be found in the rear car park of the Edward Clancy building. The Edward Clancy building is located at 163-167 Albert Rd, once entering you following the driveway on the right hand side of the building around to the rear car park. Once there the bike lockers are directly in front of you as you go down the drive.
There are also end of trip facilities provided on campus for cyclists:
Showers Male and female showers are located in the Edward Clancy building. Once you enter the building proceed to the 2nd floor, once at the top of the stairs turn left then left again heading down the hallway. The showers blocks are located in male and female toilet areas on the left hand side of the hall approximately halfway down the hallway.
To plan your bike trip, try using the website Ride the City, which provides many detailed bike routes.
There are lockers, showers and bike racks available at every campus, and they are improving as we develop our campuses. The link below contains a document that lists the location and other important details of your campus's bike racks, lockers, and showers.
Lockers, showers and bike racks (MS Word Document, 13KB)
We all know that physical activity is good for your health, studies and general wellbeing. The easiest way to get physical is to incorporate walking into your everyday activities, such as your journey to campus.
The Bay-to-Bay Cycle and Walkway, which runs from Ryde to Botany Bay, passes within 750m of the main gate of Strathfield Campus.