Canberra is Australia's education capital
The Lonely Planet, the leading global travel authority, named Canberra third in the world in the ‘Best in Travel’ city rankings for 2018, and with Australia’s premier national institutions, world class dining and entertainment, and unprecedented access to some of the best natural settings Australia has to offer, there’s no better place to live and study.
A 2014 report found Canberra has the highest percentage of its population studying full-time or part-time, compared to any other city in Australia. Combined with the fact that one in six of our residents work or study at a university in the ACT, we truly are Australia’s education capital.
We're the best city in the world to live in
We’ve thought so for a long time, but now its official; The OECD rated Canberra the best city in the world for well-being in 2014, meaning our residents have the highest quality of life across income, jobs, health, access to services, environment, education, safety, civic engagement and housing. For students, we ranked in the Top 25 'Best Student Cities' in the world according to the 2017 QS Best Student City rankings.
We offer a world class education
With numerous universities teaching hundreds of programs and thousands of courses, as well as a technical institute and strong public and private schools, we’ve got the educational options you’re looking for. Through The Australian National University, the University of Canberra, UNSW Canberra and Canberra Institute of Technology, and campuses of the Australian Catholic University and Charles Sturt University, there's a program to suit all students.
More on campus accommodation than any other city in Australia
With over 90% of new undergraduate students offered guaranteed accommodation on campus, we are able to take the stress out of moving to a new city or country. By living on campus students become immersed in a diverse and truly multicultural community with great opportunities to make new friends to help the transition to university life. In fact, per capita Canberra offers more on-campus accommodation than any other Australian city.
Commute? What commute!
With so many students living on campus, most enjoy very little commute time travelling to campus or their place of work. For those that live off-campus, Canberra offers the shortest commute times in Australia, coupled with an extensive network bike paths all over the city. The bus network is fast and reliable, with international students also offered the same discounts as local students on public transport.