Study, work and live in Canberra – Australia’s capital city

Canberra, the national capital of Australia, is located within the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). Big things happen here: in politics, science, research, education, business and the arts – creating the potential for exciting careers and opportunities. Canberra has the power to surprise people – with great food, art and culture, heritage and a warm welcome, all surrounded by open space and fresh air.

Canberra has been ranked as the world’s most liveable city and region, offering an incomparable quality of life.

Canberra is built on the collective spirit and potential of Australia’s people – and we welcome everyone. Around 25 per cent of our population were born overseas and every year, thousands of international students choose to study here.

Canberra has been ranked as one of the world’s a top 20 student cities by QS Best Student Cities and was 3rd in the ‘Best in Travel’ cities list in 2018. We have been rated as the best city in the world for well-being, with the highest quality of life considering income, jobs, health, access to services, environment, education, safety, civic engagement and housing.

International students – Create your Future in Canberra.

Our Canberra Campus

With over 1,500 international student places, Australian Capital College is one of the largest non-government institutions in Canberra. The Australian Capital College Canberra campus is spacious and well equipped and conveniently located in the heart of the city, in the Australian National University (ANU) precinct, close to public transport (including the Light Rail), government services, banking, personal services, shopping, entertainment, dining and cultural attractions. more…

Canberra is Australia’s capital city, just 3 hours drive from Sydney (with good connecting bus services). With great public transport and cycling networks. There are international airports in Canberra and Sydney.
About Canberra
Canberra statistics
Guide to Canberra

Canberra population of 427,000 is youthful (almost 50% our people are under 35 years old), multicultural (around 32% of our people are born overseas) and Australia’s most highly educated educated city with 37% of the population holding a Bachelors degree or higher.

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Canberra has one of the best educated work forces and lowest unemployment rates in Australia. There are many employment opportunities are well suited to students. Canberra is expected to have 242,300 jobs by 2024 (6% growth) including growth 18% management & administration (18% growth), health, aged, disability care (13% growth), construction & building jobs (9% growth), childcare & other education (8% growth), food services & hotel work (4% growth) with lots of student jobs in sectors that support Government and commerce.

Employment advice
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There are many housing options for international students in Canberra. Our campus is located very close to the light rail tram, providing easy access to more affordable housing in the northern suburbs, where many of students live. Average weekly living costs are approximately $250 rent, $100 food, $25 travel and $125 other. Average living costs in Canberra can be up to 14% less expensive than in Sydney or Melbourne. Lots of housing options including city, mountain or lakeside apartments.

The links below are a useful start and our friendly staff are always happy to discuss housing options with you.
Before you rent
ASA Homestay

Canberra has great shopping, an incredible array of dining choices to cater for every taste and budget. There’s always something cool happening in Canberra, see today’s events. We have been voted #1 Best Place to Live in Australia and are regarded as one of the safest cities in the world. At the base of the Alpine National Park and on Lake Burley-Griffin offering climbing, hiking, sailing, fishing, skiing, snowboarding, mountains, lakes, culture and wildlife. There are many free attractions in Canberra year round. Have a look at Insiders 10 Awesome Reasons to Live in Canberra.

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Over the past five years, Canberra’s international education has increased by 117%, as more and more international students choose to study here. Over 30% of our population are studying at university or further education (about 20,000 students). We are multicultural, young, have excellent housing and employment and are Australia’s most educated city. Canberra is home to Australia’s #1 university, the Australian National University (ANU).
Why study in Canberra?
Student Ambassadors
Education resources
Pre-departure guide