Living in Canberra
Canberra, the national capital of Australia, is located in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). Situated on the ancient lands of the Indigenous Ngunnawal people, Canberra’s name is thought to mean ‘meeting place’.
It offers all the cosmopolitan benefits of being a modern, vibrant city, while exuding the relaxed and friendly ambiance of a larger country town. In many ways, living in Canberra is the best of both worlds. The city is:
- Home to 380,000 residents
- Recognised as one of the best planned cities in the world
- Where the Australian National University (ANU) is located, which is the second highest ranked university in Australia (27th in the world), according to the 2013 QS World University Rankings.
The high-quality education offered, together with the convenience of a modern city and pristine natural environment, as well as access to some of the country’s top attractions, means students can experience a healthy and safe place to concentrate on their studies.
Canberra has an excellent public bus system servicing the entire ACT. ANU College students enjoy discounts and also have a comprehensive choice of routes, including one that stops directly in front of the College.
Cycling - Although the city’s original planners may not have considered bike tracks in their original design, they nonetheless created a series of linked pathways connecting various amenities, major locations and points of interest.
The result means that students living in Canberra today can access a vast network of cycle paths, which not only makes for a cost effective means of transport, it’s healthy and is good for the environment.
Taxis - Taxis are available throughout the city.
Trains -CountryLink has three services per day from Sydney to Canberra, while a daily bus from Canberra to Cootamundra connects with the XPT to Melbourne.
Cost of Living
As a guide, students living in Canberra should allow approximately $AU18,000 per year to cover accommodation, food and additional expenses such as text books, discounted transport, phone and Internet use.
Things to do
Exhibitions, galleries, world class theatre and concerts, festivals (like Floriade) and a burgeoning culinary culture make Canberra an exciting place to live, any time of the year.
There’s the nightlife too, and given the large university population, tertiary students are very well catered for.
But what really sets Canberra apart from any other Australian city is the fact that many national and cultural institutions are located here, including:
Canberra is also perfectly positioned midway between Sydney and the Snowy Mountains making long weekend trips to either an easy proposition. Other regional attractions take in Tidbinbilla Nature Park, whale-watching on the NSW south coast, and water sports (including fishing and kayaking) along the Murrumbidgee River corridor.