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10 Awesome Reasons to Live in Canberra

This article is sponsored by Study Canberra

Canberra might not be as familiar to you as Sydney or Melbourne, but it’s an incredible city with plenty to offer. Here are a few of the most awesome reasons to consider living and studying in Canberra.

1. Canberra is the political centre of Australia

Located in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), Canberra is the capital city of Australia. It’s also Australia’s largest inland city, home to the Australian Government and the site of Parliament House

If you love politics and world affairs, there will be plenty of interesting things for you to see and do, including visits to the Museum of Australia Democracy (reopening on 28 April 2022) and Parliament House guided tours.

2. Canberra is one of Australia’s most affordable ‘top cities’

Moving to Canberra means a higher standard of living and lower living costs than other big cities. Lower expenses mean that your money will go further, and you can allocate more of your budget to entertainment, trips and savings. 

You can learn more about Canberra’s cost of living here or by using our handy Cost of Living Calculator.

3. Canberra is Australia’s ‘most educated’ city

Perhaps owing to Canberra’s large university sector, Canberrans are “twice as likely to hold post-graduate qualifications than Australians outside the capital.” Canberra also houses “the highest proportion of people who have completed year 12 studies, or an equivalent,” making Canberra an extremely academic city and the perfect place to study.

4. Canberra has plenty of on-campus accommodation

In larger cities like Sydney and Melbourne, finding accommodation can sometimes be a challenge. However, in Canberra, you’ll have enough support to make it a stress-free, seamless experience.

For example, the University of Canberra offers an accommodation guarantee: all first-year domestic and new or continuing international students are guaranteed places in student housing. 

With this guarantee, you’ll not only eliminate your worries of not finding accommodation, but you’ll be better immersed in your university community.

5. Canberra is well-connected

No matter where you live in Canberra, getting around is easy. If you’re a cyclist, you’ll enjoy the many bike paths throughout the city and the great selection of bike hire venues. Plus, in contrast to bigger cities like Sydney and Melbourne, Canberra has relatively little traffic, which means you’ll be sure to get to class on time!

6. Canberra is a diverse, multicultural city

Canberra is not only well-connected locally, but it’s also in touch with the greater global community. One in four Canberrans speak a language other than English, and more than 90% of residents agree that society benefits from multiculturalism. Strong cultural and linguistic diversity means the city has a distinct character and identity.

7. Canberra has vibrant venues


Canberra is home to some of Australia’s largest and most impressive cultural, historical and educational institutions. These include the National Gallery of Australia (the Commonwealth of Australia’s national cultural institution for the visual arts), the Australian War Memorial, the National Museum of Australia, the National Portrait Gallery and Questacon – the National Science and Technology Centre – just to name a few!

8. Canberra has a thriving international student community

Canberra has reopened its doors to international students, welcoming them back with open arms. The city typically hosts 19,000 international students from more than 100 countries. 

Once they arrive, international students have an excellent selection of extra-curricular activities, societies and clubs to join. Not to mention, a bustling food and drink scene and picturesque nature.

9. Canberra is one of Australia’s safest cities

Canberra has not only fostered a strong, supportive and friendly community, but the city also boasts one of the lowest crime rates of any major Australian city. So, you’re likely to feel much safer heading to and from campus, going for an evening stroll, and exploring Canberra’s beautiful parklands, lakes and recreational spaces.

10. It’s the ‘meeting place’ for Australian ideas

They don’t call the city Canberra for nothing. The name ‘Canberra’ means ‘meeting place’ (derived from Kambera or Canberry) in the Aboriginal language of Ngunnawal. Thanks to its bustling universities, big student communities, and multicultural and political gatherings, Canberra draws people together from all over the world.