From inner city apartments, to traditional 3/4 acre suburban blocks, you’ll find your dream home in Canberra.Read more
We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the ACT, the Ngunnawal people and recognise any other people or families with connection to the lands of the ACT and region.
With well-paid work and excellent community facilities, you’ll find it easier to get by.
Moving to Canberra means enjoying a better life while spending less than you would in other cities.
How much you spend on your home depends on whether you:
Even if you choose to live in an outer suburb, it should still only take 30 minutes or less to commute.
On average, electricity, gas, heating and water cost about $230 per month for a person living in their own one-bedroom apartment.
Internet is about $70 per month. Or you can access free Wi-Fi in the city centre and in Canberra’s galleries, libraries and cafes.
If you drive a car, you’ll need to factor in licence, registration and regular service costs.
There are taxi and rideshare services available.
If you live in the city centre, you can easily walk or ride your bike on the cycle paths.
Canberra restaurants, cafes and bars range from budget options to fine dining.
Eating out in Canberra costs around $15 for breakfast (plus coffee), $16 for lunch and $25 for dinner.
Friendly suburban cafes are found all over the city.
There’s plenty of entertainment to suit all budgets.
Canberra has a great variety of bars, clubs and pubs with free entry. You may have to pay a cover charge for music or other live entertainment – usually up to $10.
At most pubs and bars you’ll pay $10 to $12 for a beer, wine or cider, or $12 to $25 for spirits and cocktails.
For other events, you’ll pay around:
Going to a movie in Canberra costs around $13 – cheaper than most Australian capital cities.
You may get discounts on tickets and snacks if you join the cinema’s loyalty club.
You’ll pay around $14 a week for membership to a gym in Canberra, depending on location and services.
Canberrans are active. We have the highest participation in physical activity and sport in Australia. There are plenty of club teams always looking for new players.
Some seasonal sports have a price per year to cover games and coaches. Some casual sports, like indoor netball, charge an amount per game.
Like any city, costs vary depending on your location and lifestyle choices. This handy calculator will help you to estimate your cost of living.