Canberra is Australia’s capital city and is known for its world-class universities and natural beauty. Canberra is a major hub in Australia for international students with the population made up of 25% students.  Canberra not only boasts excellence in academic studies, but it is also a very safe and welcoming environment for international students.  It has one of the lowest crime rates in Australia.  Canberra, also, being the Capital of Australia has some of the finest Galleries and Museums in the country.   Canberra is a new and modern city. It was founded just over 100 years ago and built between Melbourne and Sydney, thus  it is an easy day trip or commute to both by car , bus or train .International Students from over 90 countries live and study in Canberra making a very diverse and interesting place to study. Being the hub of government life, it also offers a great deal of opportunity to work within the government sector once study has been completed. It also has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country.    

It is easy to get around Canberra, there are buses and trams to the centre of town and suburbs and with little congestion on the roads it is a pleasant city in which to commute. Canberra is built in a meteorite crater and is picturesque and scenic .  It is an easy drive to the beautiful beaches of Batemans Bay and the Shoalhaven. In the summer you will find  everyone heads to the beaches and the winter to the skiing slopes. 

Population – 410,199

Weather & Temperature

  • Summer (December – February) Temperatures 12.6 – 27°C
  • Autumn (March – May) Temperatures 6.8 – 20°C
  • Winter (June – August) 1 – 12°C
  • Spring (September – November) Temperatures 6 – 19°C

Main tourist attractions
Following are some main tourist attractions in Canberra

  • Australian War Memorial
  • New Parliament House
  • Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House
  • Lake Burley Griffin
  • National Gallery of Australia
  • Questacon: The National Science and Technology Centre
  • National Portrait Gallery of Australia
  • National Library of Australia
  • Mount Ainslie Lookout
  • Australian National Botanic Gardens
  • National Zoo and Aquarium
  • National Museum of Australia
  • National Carillon
  • Black Mountain Nature Park
  • Royal Australian Mint

Average house price
Median house price in Canberra is $670,000

Average rental cost – $550 a week

Average overseas student rental/accommodation cost
$160 (sharing) – $301 (self-catered College)

Areas/suburbs in which students and overseas students would live

  • Hackett
  • Campbell
  • Lyneham
  • Gungahlin
  • Kaleen
  • Giralang
  • Florey
  • Red Hill
  • Curtin
  • Lyons

Potential part time work for overseas students

  • Coffee shop
  • Bar Staff
  • Supermarket
  • Department store
  • Clothing store
  • Telco or tech retail store
  • Fuel station
  • Call Centers

What sports are played in Canberra?

  • soccer,
  • golf,
  • cricket,
  • hockey
  • squash