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Planning your arrival

Once you’ve decided to study in Canberra, it’s time to plan for your move.

Read up on everything you need to know about living and studying here.

The Canberra Student Guide created by local experts contains lots of useful information for getting settled, exploring the city and living and working in Canberra.

Here are a few things to get you started:

  • Arrange your MyWay card to catch public transport – Travel on buses and the light rail is discounted for students. Carry your student ID when using public transport. You can get an even bigger discount with a student MyWay card. You can apply for it online.
  • Know your living costs – use this online calculator to work out approximately what you’ll spend on living costs in Canberra. Costs may differ from where you live now. It’s a good idea to work out your budget ahead of time.
  • Set up your internet connection – you can access free wireless internet (wi-fi) around the CBD, major town centres, the Canberra Airport and some public buses and the light rail. Public libraries, community centres and your campus may offer free wi-fi too. You’ll find many cafes around Canberra offer internet access, either for free or when you buy something else.
  • Get along to Orientation Week – O-Week is a highlight on student social calendars. It happens at the start of the academic year. In addition to the entertainment and social events, you’ll learn how to get the most out of studying here. Get to know the campus, make friends and ease into campus life before classes start.
  • Find out about student support services – if you ever need help, you’ll find a lot of support on campus and across Canberra. Check with your institution for specific activities, groups and student support available to you.
You’ll find support on a range of topics, including language, academic concerns, mental health, employment, religion and disability.
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Interested in studying in Canberra?

Contact the Study Canberra team for information and advice