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The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has just one main city, Canberra, which is a youthful, modern metropolis with a kind and inviting community. Canberra, as Australia's capital, is home to some of the country's most prestigious educational and cultural institutions, as well as serving as the country's seat of government and a hub for ideas, innovation, and decision-making.

  • One of the most liveable cities in the world, as well as a top 25 student city.

  • The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is Australia's smallest self-governing territory.

  • Some of Australia's best universities are located here.

  • Australia has the lowest unemployment rate and the highest average salaries in the world.

  • The most on-campus accommodation in Australia (per capita)

  • Five universities and one major TAFE

  • 19,000 international students

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Population over 425.000 thousands 

Canberra's expansion has been fueled by drawing people from all over Australia and the world since its inception as the nation's capital little over 100 years ago, with students accounting for a large portion of this variety.

In fact, Lonely Planet, a well-known travel guide, ranked Canberra as the third greatest destination to visit in the world in 2018. The medium-sized city is routinely regarded as one of the world's most liveable cities, thanks to its well planned open spaces and pleasant lifestyle.


Canberra is also one of the world's cleanest, safest, and healthiest cities. Canberra was ranked among the top three capital cities for air quality by the World Health Organization in 2017. It's easy to see why Canberra is one of the world's top 25 finest student cities if you're a student there.

Australia's education capital

Nearly half of Canberra residents have a Bachelor degree, which is much higher than the national average, and one in every six persons works or studies at a postsecondary institution. The city's economy is knowledge-based, with many citizens working in public and professional services, as well as education and training.


Canberra's collaborative atmosphere is unparalleled, with easy access to government and business leaders in science, research, and education. The Canberra Innovation Network, Renewables Innovation Hub, and Centre for Entrepreneurial Agri-Technology have all emerged as a result of the city's reputation as a hub for innovation and company growth.


Young at heart


Canberra is a very new city, having only just celebrated its centennial in 2013. It is one of just a handful planned cities in the world, featuring a unique blend of unspoilt nature reserves, contemporary and vibrant urban areas, and lively districts that integrate built and natural aspects seamlessly.


Canberra's events schedule is jam-packed with world-class sporting events, concerts, and festivals, giving the city the energy and elegance of larger cities on a smaller scale.


Canberrans are highly active individuals who enjoy the wonderful recreational opportunities and the 246 days of sunlight per year. The city's mountainous topography provides a vast variety of bush walks and bicycle paths with excellent vistas, with options for all levels of skill.

Hike or bike around Lake Burley Griffin and visit the National Arboretum, which has 94 woods of rare, endangered, and iconic trees from all over the world.

Canberra is also ideally located as a gateway to the surrounding region, being only a two-hour drive from pristine beaches and stunning snow-capped mountains, and three hours from Sydney.

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