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The Benefits of Studying (and Working) in Canberra

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This article is sponsored by Study Canberra

Canberra is known as Australia’s cool little capital, and it’s not hard to see why. Canberrans love visiting the many cafés, bars and museums around the city, as well as exploring the pristine bushland that surrounds it. Canberra sits at #37 in the QS Best Student Cities 2022 rankings, with both the Australian National University (ANU) and the University of Canberra (UC) popular destinations for international students. Here are six benefits of choosing Canberra as your study destination.

Study at Australia’s top university

Did you know that Canberra is home to Australia’s most internationally renowned university? Ranked #1 in Australia and 27th in the world, ANU is a research-intensive university that specialises in social sciences, arts and humanities. ANU counts six Nobel Laureates among its staff and alumni, including current Vice-Chancellor Brian Schmidt who claimed the prize in 2011 for his achievements in physics. At ANU, you’ll study alongside the best of the best and come out ready to start your career, particularly since ANU is 79th in the world for graduate employability.

Immerse yourself in politics

Canberrans are at the heart of Australian politics. Whether you’re interested in the environment, health, education or international relations, policy debates are always front and centre in Australia’s capital and you’ll find yourself sharing ideas with students from all over the world. Canberra is also home to nearly 80 embassies and consulates, many of which offer internships or work experience to students interested in a career in diplomacy.

Balance your budget

The cost of living in Canberra is lower than in many of Australia’s other major cities. For example, consumer goods, rent and groceries are considerably cheaper in Canberra than in Sydney. Transport Canberra also offers concessions on public transport costs for full-time tertiary students, making it even more affordable. For a more detailed estimate of your living expenses, check out our cost of living calculator.

Not only is Canberra a cost-effective destination for students, but it also offers some of the best earning potential in the country. Canberra residents receive the highest average full-time income in Australia (as of November 2021) and the unemployment rate is the lowest in Australia (as of February 2022). Jobs are available across industries like hospitality, construction, consulting and retail, meaning you’re likely to find work that aligns with your interests in Canberra.

Keep it simple

Canberra has one of the largest free public Wi-Fi networks in Australia, as well as an extensive network of bike paths all over the city that help Canberrans get where they’re going. Little things like these make your life in Canberra easy, meaning you can juggle your work, study and social life without a worry. It’s no wonder Canberra has the second highest Quality of Life index rate in the world, according to Numbeo.

Get ahead of the game

Both ANU and UC guarantee on-campus accommodation to new undergraduate students for their first year of study. Having your accommodation sorted for the first year of your university experience takes a lot of the stress out of moving countries. Not to mention, it’s a great way to meet new friends who live close by and get involved in your student community.

Study in Canberra’s intellectual capital

Believe it or not, Canberra isn’t just Australia’s capital – it’s Australia’s intellectual capital, too! The city has more tertiary qualifications per capita than anywhere else in the Southern Hemisphere. Many of those qualifications are held by international students, who account for 16 per cent of Canberra’s university graduates! Surrounded by bright and curious minds, you’ll ensure you get the most enriching international study experience possible.

A hub for innovators

Have you ever considered inventing your own product or founding your own business? Canberra could be the perfect place to do it. Canberra is home to the highest patents per capita in Australia, a sign of a forward-thinking and innovative population. Given that Canberra is at the forefront of government, you’ll also enjoy plenty of opportunities for policymaking and startup development here.

As an innovator, you’ll also have heaps of support in Canberra. The Canberra Business Innovation Network (CBRIN) hosts First Wednesday meetups to promote collaboration among entrepreneurs and inventors in the city. Once a month, you’ll have the chance to meet and chat with like-minded people, and explore business opportunities.