What is it like to study in Canberra?

As the capital of Australia, Canberra is a destination for people moving from larger cities such as Melbourne and Sydney, to work in politics, government and related industries. Some of the most prestigious universities in Australia are located here along with several famous galleries and museums, Canberra is a small city, but nuanced cosmopolitan with a variety of culinary and a myriad of creative talents.

Climate in Canberra

With warm, dry summers and cool, fresh winters, this Australian capital city will always invite you to visit, at any time.

During summer in Canberra, the average temperature ranges from 12.6 – 27 ° C (54.7 – 80.6 ° F), with slightly humid air and warm evenings. January is the hottest month marked by skyrocketing temperatures of up to 13.2 – 28 ° C (55.7 – 82.4 ° F), and people can make the most of their time in various outdoor places in Canberra.

In autumn the temperature drops to an average of 6.8-20 ° C (44.2 – 68 ° F) with daytime that is not too cold and cool nights. City parks and plantations display a beautiful atmosphere.

Winter in Canberra feels biting with an average temperature of between 1 – 12 ° C (33.8 – 53.6 ° F), which then drops dramatically below 0 ° C at night. It snowed in the area around the Australian Alps and made Canberra a perfect stopover on your journey down the slopes of this mountain range.

During spring, you will be greeted with fresh, windy mornings and nights with temperatures between 6 – 19 ° C (42.8 – 66.2 ° F). November is the wettest month (64.5 mm / 2.5 inches), but Canberra has relatively low rainfall compared to all other regions.

Cost of Living in Canberra

Australian National University provides information regarding cost of living in Canberra:

Rental bond $640 – $890
2 weeks rent in advance $320 – $500
Electricity, gas & telephone $260 – $510
Household items (furniture, linen etc.) $610 – $650
Approximate total cost $1,830 – $2,550

Average weekly living expenses in Canberra:

Accommodation (per week) $160 (sharing) – $301 (self-catered College)
Food/Groceries $100 – $167
Travel $34
Phone and internet/other bills $25 – $50
Electricity & gas $41
Stationery, postage $10
Average Expenditure $408 per week

Other cost:

Text books $1,260 per annum
Clothing $200 – $280 per 6 months
Haircut $15 – $70 per month
Shoes $60 – $100 per 6 months
Doctor’s (GP) consultation fee $50 – $60 per month
Infant childcare $122 – $142 per day

Cost of Living based on UNSW Canberra is:

You will need approximately AUD $23,500 a year as an international student. In addition, we recommend that you have at least AUD $4,000 when you arrive to cover the initial costs of study material, rental bond and furniture. These estimates do not include large household items such as a refrigerator or car.

Type of Expenses  (weekly cost) Shared house or flat One-bedroom unit
Rent $200 to $250 $350 to $450
Mobile phone and internet $15 $15
Household products (cleaning, toothpaste) $5 $5
Food $100 $100
Utilities (gas, electricity, phone) $20 $40
Travel (Concession Bus) $25 $25
Spending money/Entertainment $50 $50
Incidentals $10 $10
Total weekly costs* (AUD) $425 to $475 $595 to $695

However the costs indicated above are not fixed and may vary based on student’s lifestyle and accommodation arrangement.

Transportation in Canberra

The capital of Australia, Canberra is not as big as other major cities in Australia, but the city provides various transportation options, such as buses, cars and walking. Here is how to get around Canberra easily.

To use the public bus network in Canberra, you can buy a MyWay card or a disposable ticket. MyWay Card is available from the MyWay Refill Agent. Once you have a MyWay card, you will get bus fare discounts and daily limits, which will automatically apply when you travel.

Canberra has a variety of city buses that operate between the city center and other major destinations. Canberra also has a Culture Loop service with several stops around the city. The bus on this ring road departs every hour from 9:00 to 16:00. The bus is very useful for visiting the city’s main attractions such as the Australian National Museum, Australian Parliament House, the Questacon science and technology museum, and the Canberra and Region Visitors Center.

Public buses are an easy way to get to Canberra Airport from the city. Bus 11 / 11A bus routes pick up passengers from the City Bus Terminal in the city center, and operate almost every half hour on weekdays and every hour on weekends. You can use the MyWay card to pay for this airport service, with the same price as a regular bus fare in the city.

The lorry route along the city’s main highway, Northbourne Avenue, is part of the city’s public transportation network and is connected by public buses. You can use your MyWay card on the lorry route, which connects several popular hotels and the culinary districts of Dickson, Braddon, and the city center.


Canberra’s reputation as a culinary destination is fairly new. A number of fine dining restaurants, such as Chairman & Yip, have stood in this city for decades. However, it is only in the last 10 years that Canberra has discovered its culinary identity based around the rising cold climate wine regions (especially the Lerida Estate which is truly impressive) and the explosion in the number of middle class dining venues that reflect changes in people’s tastes.

Visit ONA Coffee to try delicious flat white coffee (the cafe is owned by Sasa Sesic, winner of the World Barista Championship in 2015). Meanwhile, Eightysix offers sumptuous modern Australian specialties in the trendy surrounding. To experience a dining experience that illustrates the modern flavors of modern Canberra, order a table in advance at the city’s best-selling restaurant, Monster.

Canberra’s large student population and flourishing media industry has resulted in a lively creative scene, and one of the best ways to experience this is at the weekly Old Bus Depot Markets. From hipster clothes and homewares to delicious organic produce and excellent coffee, the markets are packed with interesting things to buy, eat and sample, and are a wonderful place to socialize with locals every Sunday from 10am to 4pm. The handmade ice cream at Home Made Sweet Delights is a standout. If it’s not market day, head toward Lonsdale Street, Braddon, where you’ll find locally designed art, jewelery, homewares and fashion on a lively strip.

Canberra houses many of the nation’s most important art, including a priceless collection of Aboriginal art. The National Gallery of Australia is Australia’s pre-eminent public compiler of art, housing more than 7,500 Australian, Asian and Aboriginal artworks across 13 different galleries. Nearby is the very cool National Portrait Gallery, featuring a wildly varied body of portraiture (from Mick Jagger to Barry Humphries),

Parliament House Australia is an example of modern, charming architecture that only opened in 1988. This building is also home to a number of public exhibitions and galleries.

The annual Floriade Festival lasts for one month, from September to October each year (the exact date changes), and attracts the attention of flower lovers and garden experts from around the world thanks to its colorful appearance.

Lake Burley Griffin, a beautiful stretch of water used for leisure activities in Canberra, including cruising, kayaking, rowing and windsurfing, and riding air balloons.


Australian National University

The Australian National University (ANU) is a university located in Canberra, the capital of Australia. The university has seven main faculties and several other institutes. First established in 1946 by the Australian Parliament. Initially the university was only opened to those who wanted to continue their Masters level. It was only in 1960 that the university developed physically and opened registration for undergraduate education. ANU is also part of the group of eight.

ANU ranking:

  • # 1 in Australia, QS World University Rankings 2020
  • # 7 most international university in the world, Times Higher Education 2020
  • 5 stars for student: staff ratio, QS World University Ranking 2020
  • # 5 in the world, QS World University Rankings by Subjects 2020
  • # 65 in the world, Graduate Employability Ranking, QS World University Ranking 2020
  • # 29 in the world, QS World University Ranking 2020
  • # 50 in the world, Times Higher Education 2020

University of Canberra

The campus which was established in 1967 as the Canberra College of Advanced Education gained its status as a university in 1990. The UC campus is close to Westfield Belconnen, and a distance of 8.7 km (5.4 mi) to Canberra’s Civic Center. UC offers undergraduate and graduate programs covering five faculties: Health, Art and Design, Business, Government and Law, Education and Science and Technology.


  • Top 200 in the world
  • Top 1% in the world and top 10 in Australia
  • Top 40 young universities in the world
  • # 1 in graduate employment
  • # 1 teaching quality
  • # 1 student satisfaction

Australian Catholic University

Australian Catholic University (ACU) has six campuses and offers programs in five faculties throughout Australia. Not only in Canberra, the university has campuses in Adelaide, Ballarat, Blacktown, Brisbane, Melbourne, North Sydney, Strathfield and also manages campuses in Rome.

Ranked first as the best Catholic university in Australia and ranked 10th in the world, here is ACU’s ranking:

  • Top 2% in the world
  • 351-400 Times Higher Education World University Rankings
  • Top 10 world Catholic universities
  • Top 40 Generation Y universities
  • Top 80 in Asia-Pacific
  • Top 100 young universities in the world
  • The world’s top 200 for psychology
  • 201-250 of the world for arts & humanities
  • 89% international student satisfaction for program content
  • # 7 sport science in Australia & 26 of the world
  • # 32 Nursing in the world & # 7 in Australia
  • Top 75 of the world for education & # 4 in Australia

Charles Sturt University

Founded in 1989, named in honor of Captain Charles Sturt, an English explorer who underwent expeditions to the regional states of New South Wales and South Australia.

The university has many campuses, with its main campuses located in Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Dubbo, Orange, Port Macquarie and Wagga Wagga. They also have special campuses in Canberra, Goulburn, Manly and Parramatta. Their programs are also run with the Australian Study Group at CSU Study Centers located in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and also Wangaratta.


  • #201-250 QS WUR By Subject Ranking 2019
  • #801-1000 QS Global World Ranking 2020
  • 1025 worldwide, 2019-2020 – Center for World University Rankings (CWUR)
  • 28 in Australia, 2019-2020 – Center for World University Rankings (CWUR)

University of New South Wales

Founded in 1949, UNSW has 9 faculties, which provide undergraduate, master and doctoral programs. The main campus location is 38-hectares (94-acres) in Kensington, Sydney, 7 km (about 4.3 miles) from the Sydney central business district. The creative and arts faculty, UNSW Art & Design, is located in Paddington, UNSW Canberra is located at the Australian Defense Force Academy in Canberra and also has extension campuses in Sydney CBD, Randwick and Coogee. For research spread in the state of New South Wales.

UNSW is a member of the Group of Eight, a coalition of Australian University Research-incentives, and also part of University 21, a global network of research universities, which has a combined of more than 200 universities for cooperation and exchanges around the world.


  • # 43 2020 QS World University Rankings
  • 71 2020 Times Higher Education World University Rankings
  • 94 2019 Academic Ranking of World Universities
  • AGSM top 100 global MBA programs, Financial Times Global MBA Rankings 2018
  • # 1 ARC Linkage Industry grants in Australia in 2017
  • # 1 Institution attended by Australian startup founders
  • UNSW has educated five of the top 25 rich young lists in Australia – the 2017 BRW Young Rich List
  • 24th of the world for employer reputation (QS graduate employability rankings)
  • Member of Group of Eight
  • # 1 Shanghai Ranking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2018
  • 37 worlds for academic reputation, 2019 QS World University Rankings
  • QS Five Star Plus 2019 rating

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