Newsletter
Issue 2

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Canberra ranked top 20 in QS Best Student Cities

The QS Best Student Cities 2016 index released on 1 December 2015 has seen Canberra climb into
the top 20 student cities in the world. Coming in at 17, up from 21 in the 2015 index, QS ranked Canberra ahead of many
other major Australian cities including Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and the Gold Coast.

Already noted as the world’s most liveable city by the OECD, this outstanding achievement highlights Canberra’s credentials as Australia’s university town.

Canberra entered the QS Best Student Cities index for the first time just three years ago and has steadily
advanced up the rankings each year. This is the first time Canberra has moved into the top 20,
a significant achievement helped by the continuing improvement in the QS World University Rankings
by the Australian National University and the University of Canberra.

According to QS, 18 criteria are used to create the index, including details of the city’s universities, student population and costs, as well as lifestyle and wellbeing indicators such as The Economist’s Safe Cities Index and Numbeo’s Pollution Index.

The QS Best Student Cities index aims to provide a comprehensive overview of how well each city meets the range of criteria considered by prospective international students and their families – universities, lifestyle, student community, employment prospects, and associated costs.

With ANU placing among the top 20 institutions worldwide and the University of Canberra in the top five percent, and ranked in the top 100 universities under 50 years old, Canberra continues to gain international recognition.

View the full results from QS Best Student Cities 2016 External Link - opens in new window

View the QS World University Rankings 2015–16 External Link - opens in new window


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Preparing for arrival in Canberra

2016 is fast approaching and with it a new cohort of students will arrive to commence their study at Canberra’s institutions. Students arriving by air between 1 and 12 February 2016 will be welcomed by the Study Canberra Student Welcome Desk in the Arrivals Hall at Canberra Airport.

Study Canberra Student Ambassadors and university representatives will be on hand to greet students, answer questions and point them in the right direction for transport connections. Some institutions provide transport services which usually need to be pre-booked in advance.

On arrival new students should grab a copy of the Insider Guide to Canberra to help navigate through their first few weeks in Canberra. The Guide is written by locals to provide an ‘insiders’ perspective of our city, including where to get the essentials and some of the hidden secrets around town to socialise and have fun. The 2016 Guide will be available at the Study Canberra Student Welcome Desk at the Canberra Airport and on campus during Orientation Week from 8 to 12 February 2016. Downloadable copies will also be available directly from the Insider Guides website External Link - opens in new window.

For new international students Canberra. Create you future External Link - opens in new window is a helpful ACT Government resource providing a range of useful information for people making the move to Canberra. Study in AustraliaExternal Link - opens in new window also provides detailed information about making the move to Australia, including pre-departure and arrival information and checklists, as well as general information on visas, cost of living, health, insurance and more.

Each institution will provide newly commencing students with a broad range of information including advice on accommodation and other campus-specific material, with services and support available for new international arrivals. Canberra is fortunate to have more on campus accommodation, proportionally, than any other Australian city, with the University of Canberra and the Australian National University both offering guaranteed on campus accommodation for first year students.

Attending Orientation Week (O’Week) from 8 to 12 February 2016 is a must for commencing students. Institutions develop tailored orientations to introduce new students to university life, meet staff and other students and have a whole lot of fun.

It’s easy for new students to feel overwhelmed. These useful websites will help get a head start:


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Canberra rolls out free Wi-Fi

Throughout November 2015 the town centres of Belconnen, Dickson and Manuka went live with Canberra’s free public outdoor Wi-Fi network, CBRfree.

CBRfree will be one of Australia’s largest free outdoor public Wi-Fi networks and will provide users with 250 megabytes per day, totalling 7.5 gigabytes per month, which is enough to download over 500 songs or around 1,500 photos.

Since CBRfree was launched in Canberra City in October 2014 the service has been used at major events around Canberra including Floriade and Skate in the City, and continues to be rolled out across the city

The connection to all major town centres and commercial precincts is expected to be completed by mid-2016 and will include public spaces in Gungahlin, Tuggeranong, Weston Creek, Kingston, Woden and Bruce.

The network in Manuka town centre will also support the ACT Government’s Smart Parking trial. Drivers will be able to use a smart phone app, as well as intelligent, real-time traffic signs, to be guided to an available parking space identified through ground sensors.

The ACT Government is committed to making Canberra’s a smart and connected digital city with vibrant town centre areas, where Canberrans are connected to their community and are able to engage with government services easily.

For more information about this project visit www.digitalcanberra.com.au External Link - opens in new window


Happy Holidays!

The Study Canberra team wishes you an enjoyable and safe festive season. 
Our office will be closed from Midday Thursday 24 December 2015 until 9am Monday 4 January 2016.  

Important Dates for Semester 1, 2016 

  • Orientation Week: 8–12 February 2016
  • National Multicultural Festival: 12–14 February 2016
  • Classes commence: 15 February 2016
  • Chief Minister’s Student Welcome: 4 March 2016
  • Enlighten: 4–12 March 2016
  • Canberra Day (holiday): 14 March 2016
  • Easter: 25–28 March 2016
  • ANZAC Day (holiday): 25 April 2016 

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Student Ambassador Profile

Having worked with NASA in California, Siddharth wanted to move to a city that would allow him to advance his studies and maintain the outdoor lifestyle he had come to love.

Meet Siddharth from India