As Australia's capital you can expect a well-rounded and exciting student experience. Home to the Australian Parliament, Canberra is a relatively new city and boasts an excellent infrastructure all extending out from the city’s lake.
There are two universities here, the Australian National University (ANU), which is situated along the banks of the lake and the University of Canberra which is located just outside of the centre. For a city in excess of 400,000 people Canberra is a relatively quiet and relaxed student city.
The layout of the city means traveling by foot, car or public transport is relatively efficient allowing for easy movement across the city. However the majority of students will spend their time around the main town of Civic, which sits between the two universities. Students from both universities will be able to take advantage of the laid back lifestyle here in Canberra and enjoy the great Australian outdoors with well-developed and maintained cycle ways and walking paths, spanning throughout Canberra's impressive public parks and bush reserves.
Market days are also a major part of city life and a combination of the large student population and the expanding media scene has resulted in a creative and energetic scene in Canberra. Nowhere represents this more than the city’s Old Bus Depot Markets, where you can find anything from organic produce and excellent coffee to jewellery and fashion. The night life is extensive and you can expect a lively and varied social experience.
The city has a range of themed pubs, sports bars and nightclubs for all tastes and preferences. Student favourites include UniPub which boasts five floors of entertainment including a restaurant and nightclub. Overall Canberra is a city students both locally and internationally will love to study in. With its modern, clean design students will take inspiration from Parliament house and being part of Australia's capital. The open urban spaces and easy access to the outdoors make Canberra a perfect balance.
Points of Interest
- City Centre
- University of Canberra
- Australian National University
Canberra is Australia's largest inland city and also her capital
Canberra was once reputed to have more restaurants and cafés per head than any other city in the world
Officially, “Canberra” is an Aboriginal word meaning “meeting place”, but no living person can verify that.