Charles Sturt University had its first intake of students at Port Macquarie in March 2012. In April 2016 staff and students moved into Stage 1 of the purpose built Campus. Stage 2 is broken into two components that are referred to as stage 2A and 2B. Stage 2A commenced in 2019 and is due for completion in February 2020. Stage 2B is due to commence in December 2019 and is scheduled for completion in February 2021.