Australia’s national capital, Canberra, is full of exciting areas that are ideal for student living. With hip cafés, a multicultural community and fascinating museums it is an invigorating city.

Civic & Acton

Civic is Canberra’s cultural hub. It might not be big enough to call itself a ‘city’, but the hustle and bustle of this compact centre certainly competes with its bigger cousins. Whether you’re keen for retail therapy, a long lunch or dancing until daylight, you’re sure to find the place to match your mood. Bordering Civic to the west is up-and-coming Acton, where much of the action is focused around the fast developing New Acton precinct. Right on the doorstep of the Australian National University, it has gradually grown over the past few years as trendy independent cafés and restaurants have sprung up around the quirky new Nishi building.

Kingston & Manuka

Kingston and Manuka are boutique shopping and dining hubs for classy Canberrans. Kingston’s mix of cafes, eateries and bars makes it a popular place for young professionals looking to wind down at the end of the working week. It’s also one of the most sought after brunch destinations in Canberra where a handful of bakeries and bistros do a busy trade on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Nearby Manuka kicks-up the class a notch to cater for Canberra’s most sophisticated clientele. Peruse high-end boutiques and sip coffee during the day or settle in for fine dining and cocktails at night.

Braddon & Dickson

Braddon is Canberra’s trendy underbelly. One of the city’s oldest suburbs, it has traditionally been an industrial area. But a few years ago cafés started to replace the car yards and today it’s one of the most popular brunch, beer and dining destinations for Canberra’ students.  Keep heading north and you’ll arrive in Dickson, Canberra’s Chinatown. A short wander down Woolley or Cape Street will give you a taste of the Asian delicacies on offer. We suggest paying special attention to the legendary laksa at Dickson Asian Noodle House – perfect for a mid-week feed or study break.

Belconnen & Bruce

Belconnen locals have it all on their doorstep – a shopping mall, exciting nightlife, and even a lake for outdoor activities. Just remember the more affectionate names ‘Belco’ and ‘Belcompton’ and you’re sure to fit right in. With the University of Canberra’s main campus and Canberra Institute of Technology located in the area, both Bruce and Belconnen are home to a large and diverse student population.