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We welcome you to our city. There are things you can do to make yourself at home here quickly. You’ll settle in fast in Canberra.
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 moving here.
If you fly in, our team of Student Ambassadors are on hand at Canberra airport to meet you. You’ll find the Welcome Desk on the ground floor in the arrivals hall. The desk is staffed during peak arrival periods each semester. Pick up a welcome pack with information to help you settle in quickly.
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.
You can 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.
You’ll find large shopping centres and malls in the city and in each town centre. Almost every suburb has its own supermarket and smaller specialty stores. You can order from the larger supermarkets online and have your groceries delivered to your door.
You can access free wireless internet (wi-fi) around parts of Canberra including:
Public libraries, community centres and your campus may offer free wi-fi too. You’ll find many cafes around Canberra have internet access, either for free or when you buy something else.
Canberra is a friendly place. If you’re new here, you won’t be alone. Around two-thirds of new students in Canberra are not from here. You’ll meet people from across Australia and around the world.
The fastest way to settle in is to explore the city, meet new people and get involved in activities.
O-Week is the highlight of the student social calendar. It’s vibrant and fun and 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.
O-Week typically includes an introduction to:
If you ever need help, you’ll find a lot of support on campus and across Canberra. Reach out to people who can make your study or living experience easier. You’ll find support on a range of topics, including:
Check with your institution for specific activities, groups and student support available.