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Study in Canberra

Get to know Canberra

As the nation’s capital, Canberra is an excellent choice for studying. With top quality institutions, excellent libraries and countless museums, it provides an ideal intellectual atmosphere for your education goals. Add to that cool cafés, intimate bars, and unique shopping make it a truly great place to live. Living in Canberra you can leave behind the usual hassles of living in a big city. However, with Sydney around a three hour drive away, you can be at those big events in a jiffy.

Quick facts

State: Australian Capital Territory

Population: 400,000

Popular sports: Australian Rules Football, Rugby, soccer, cricket, netball, and basketball

Traditional owners of the land: Ngunnawal people

Famous Canberrans: Patty Mills, Carl Valeri, Mia Wasikowska

Things to see if you had 24 hours in Canberra: Parliament House, Australian War Memorial, National Portrait Gallery of Australia

International student support: Study Canberra (and IDP, of course)

Public transport: Transport Canberra

IDP office: Click here

In and around Canberra

Central (Civic & Acton)

Civic is Canberra’s cultural hub and is complemented by Acton to the west, where much of the action is focused around the New Acton precinct. As the nation’s capital, Canberra is packed with museums to explore but has many other activities for everyone.

Braddon & Dickson

Braddon is Canberra’s up-and-coming neighbourhood with the most popular brunch, coffee and dining destinations for Canberra’s hipsters. Keep heading north and you’ll come to Dickson, which is known as Canberra’s Chinatown.

Bruce & Belconnen

The neighbourhoods of Bruce and Belconnen are both home to a diverse student population, providing easy access to shopping malls, nightlife, and outdoor activities on lake Ginninderra. Add to that top quality sporting facilities and you can see why these areas are a popular choice.

Parkes & Kingston

The name Canberra conjures up images of Parliament House and Lake Burley Griffin. The area of the parliamentary triangle can please most folks from a simple coffee in Kingston, observing politics in action in parliament to serene lake views.

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