Why study in Canberra?

Posted 5 Jun 2017

Story by CBR Canberra

In 2016 Canberra was ranked in the top 20 student cities in the world by QS Best Student Cities.

When you choose to study in Canberra, you choose Australia’s best university town and the opportunity to earn a first-class education that is recognised around the world.

When you arrive, you’ll be welcomed into a thriving community of 45,000 students and academic staff.

There are so many great things about studying in Canberra, and living here as a student. Here are five of our favourites:

  1. Get a world class education

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With our universities teaching hundreds of programs and thousands of courses, as well as a technical institute and strong public and private schools, Canberra has the education options you’re looking for.

Our tertiary education providers include the Australian National University, the University of Canberra, UNSW Canberra and Canberra Institute of Technology, and campuses of the Australian Catholic University and Charles Sturt University. There is a program to suit everyone in Canberra.

Modern education infrastructure including the largest free public Wi Fi in Australia means you have the perfect environment in which you can achieve your best.

  1. More on campus accommodation than any other city in Australia

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Canberra has a terrific choice of high quality, modern accommodation on campus. With over 90% of new undergraduate students guaranteed accommodation on campus, we are able to take the stress out of moving to a new city or country.

For students who live off-campus, Canberra offers lots of available accommodation, from studio apartments to large share houses, close to university campuses. Getting to and from classes in Canberra is a breeze. Canberra has no traffic congestion and there are extensive bike paths all over the city. Many students cycle to and from campus, and international students are offered the same discounts as local students on public transport.

  1. You’ll love living in Canberra

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Canberra is a safe, modern and vibrant city. We offer all the amenities and fun of a big city without the traffic or pollution. Canberra has one of the lowest crime rates of any major Australian city.

In Canberra you’ll find it easy to connect with like-minded peers from all over the world. More than 25% of our residents were born overseas, and the city is home countless embassies and international networks. Each year, we hold the National Multicultural Festival – a 3-day Festival which is one of the biggest celebrations of cultural diversity across Australia.

When it’s time to put the books away and have some fun, you’ll find plenty of things to see, do and experience.

Canberra has a thriving night life, with stylish bars, beer gardens, clubs and pubs to let your hair down. We’re home to 54 museums and galleries, 140 wineries all within 35 minutes drive of the city, and if you love coffee, then you might like to know that we’re home to Australia’s barista champion.

Take a look at the CBR student bucket list here.

Canberra is perfectly located between stunning coastal beaches and Australia’s snowy mountain ranges. Escaping to nature is easy with national parks, bushwalking trails and mountain biking just a few kilometres from the city centre.

  1. Plenty of job opportunities

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Many international employers are looking for Canberra graduates, and Canberra universities rank among Australia’s top universities for landing a job and competitive salary.

You also won’t be hard-pressed to find employment in Canberra with opportunities in a diverse range of industries and across both public and private sectors.

Our unemployment rate is low and we enjoy the highest average full-time income in Australia, with the average weekly income coming in at $A1,715.00. Ka-ching!

Our economy is sophisticated and knowledge based, and we have growing demand in key sectors including health, building and construction, information technology and public administration.

Our booming private sector employs more than 50% of Canberra’s workforce by over 25,000 private companies from large multinational companies to local businesses. 

  1. Education is part of our culture in Canberra

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Known as the ‘clever capital’, Canberra boasts the country’s best-educated workforce.

Canberra is on average, more computer literate than the rest of Australia; 1 in 10 adults in Canberra have an Information and Communications Technology qualification.

The city has more tertiary qualification, per capita, than any city in the Southern Hemisphere; 12% of adults have a post graduate degree and more than 20% have bachelor degrees.

As a student, you’ll find Canberra to be a welcoming community with lots of opportunities to immerse yourself in unique experiences that will make your time in Canberra fun and rewarding.

What are you waiting for?  Rated by the OECD as the best city in the world for well-being (2014) and top 20 in the world by QS Best Student Cities (2016), living and studying in Canberra means you’ll enjoy a high quality of life in a city with one of the best educated workforces, highest average full-time income and lowest unemployment rate in Australia. To learn more, visit Study Canberra.


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