The world's most liveable city

Australia's capital, Canberra, is a thriving city of over 400,000 set within a classic Australian bush landscape. Etched with bike paths and walking trails, and serviced by reliable public transport, it's easy, fast and affordable for students to get around.

Ranked third on Lonely Planet's "Best cities to travel to in 2018"[1], Canberra is a buzzing city that many tourists overlook when they make their travel plans. 

Here's our pick of why it's great to study, work and live in Canberra:

  • Enviable lifestyle - Canberra has earned the number one spot on the Numbeo Quality of Life Index list in 2017, 2018 and 2019. Canberra was also ranked the world's best city to live by the OECD two years running in 2014 and 2015.
  • University town -  Over 25% of the Canberra population are students [2]
  • Leader of the nation - you'll have great resources at your doorstep with 12 national institutions including Australian Parliament House, the National Library of Australia, the High Court of Australia and ... ANU of course
  • Less time in transit - Canberra has the shortest commute times of any major Australian city. You can drive to anywhere in Canberra is less than 30 minutes so you will spend more time doing what you want to do and less time sitting in traffic
  • Fly conveniently - decrease the chaotic airport rush with a short and traffic-free drive to the airport. Canberra International Airport offers over 800 flights a week around Australia, Singapore and Doha
  • Close to major cities - it is only a three-hour drive to Sydney and seven-hour drive to Melbourne. Or you can fly direct to either of the cities in just over one hour
  • Get away - enjoy the summer with a two-hour road trip to the crystal blue waters of beaches like Batemans Bay and Nowra, or head in the opposite direction to hit the powdery slopes of the Snowy Mountains during the colder months
  • Cash in - Canberrans earn Australia's highest average weekly income [3]
  • Four seasons - Canberra experiences the true climate of Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Did someone say Christmas in July? You'll also enjoy sunshine 246 days of the year
  • Cosmopolitan - home to foreign missions and diplomats, Canberra has a diverse multicultural community and is home to the National Multicultural Festival.

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