A tiny capital city by world standards, Canberra has a population of just 400,000 people. Still, as well as its major attractions of national significance, it is also serviced by two major Universities and two smaller ones.
Canberra is a wonderful place to study. The climate is comfortable, if not a little cold in winter, the city is beautifully laid out and it is, of course, our nation’s seat of government. There’s a great deal of history and culture in Canberra as well as pomp and ceremony on important days of the year.
If those things are of value to you, then whether you are trying to decide where to live, study or holiday in Australia, Canberra should definitely be on your hit list.
A fair question but when there are only two, it can be a polarising question. Let’s take a look at them individually.
Offering courses in six major fields – Applied Science, Business, Education and Information Sciences, Engineering, Health and Art – UC is located in the suburb of Bruce. The campus itself is constantly undergoing improvements to ensure that the learning and research environment is as beneficial and productive as possible.
For those with sporting interests, UC boasts four squash courts and six outdoor ovals designed for a range of sports including touch football, rugby, soccer and cricket. There are gymnasiums, plunge pools, a purpose-built bocce court, medical and rehab areas, a sauna and a Sports Hall for netball, futsal, volleyball and other sports.
Campus accommodation is available from private studio apartments to multi-share apartments for up to 12 students. Accommodation is guaranteed for all first-year domestic students and all new and continuing international students.
ANU is a national research University with its main campus in Acton. Based on the QS World University Rankings, it is number one in Australia and Oceania and number 20 in the world! In terms of graduates’ employability, ANU was ranked number 21 in the world, high praise indeed. It’s no surprise then that its faculty and alumni features six Nobel laureates and 49 Rhodes scholars. Former Prime Ministers Bob Hawke and Kevin Rudd were students, as were novelist Alan Gould and actor Richard Roxburgh.
On-campus accommodation is available at ANU with a choice of catered and self-catered. There is a strong culture of diversity and inclusion, and students with a disability are well looked after. The university also has a fully accredited primary health care facility on site which provides comprehensive health services.
The campus itself is in the middle of Canberra on 145 hectares of parkland. Facilities include state-of-the-art laboratories, five libraries and modern lecture theatres.
Over 22,000 students attend ANU and more than half of those study at postgraduate level. Around a quarter of enrolments are international students.
At University of Canberra’s (UC) Bruce campus, you can choose from the following courses:
Accounting; acting and performance; applied business; applied entrepreneurship; applied fashion; applied science in forensic studies; arts; creative writing; culture and heritage; digital media; film production; global studies; law; communication and media; psychology; biomedical science; building and construction management; business; international business; marketing; business administration; business informatics; communication and media; design; IT; accounting and finance; business economics; financial planning; music; industrial design; environmental science; event and tourism management; exercise physiology and rehabilitation; games and interactive design; health science; justice studies; medical radiation science; medical science; midwifery; nursing; occupational therapy; pharmacy; physiotherapy; politics and international relations; primary education; public health; secondary education; social and economic policy; software engineering; sport and exercise science; built environment; vision science; visual arts; event and tourism management; and so on and so on.
At ANU, the world is your oyster! There’s so much to choose from across a wide array of fields:
Accounting; actuarial studies; applied data analytics; archaeology; art history and curatorship; arts; Asian studies; Asia-Pacific affairs; biotechnology; business administration; classical studies; commerce; criminology; design; design arts; development studies; economics; engineering; environment and sustainability; environmental studies; European studies; finance; finance, economics and statistics; genetics; health science; IT; international business; languages; Latin American studies; laws; mathematical sciences; medical science; Middle Eastern and Central Asian studies; music; Pacific studies; arts and social science; philosophy; policy studies; political science; politics, philosophy and economics; public policy; science; visual arts; computing; creative design; liberal studies; music; juridical science; medicine; military law; and so much more.
Choose from arts and sciences, education, health sciences and theology and philosophy at Australian Catholic University. The Canberra campus is located in Watson, just 5 kilometres from the city’s centre. During your downtime, you can use the solar-heated saltwater swimming pool or the common room where there is a table tennis table, cable TV, basketball hoop and pool table. Offering a supportive, nurturing environment for students, ACU is popular among those of faith but it is not a requirement to be Catholic to attend.
CSU has two campuses in Canberra; the school of Theology, Christianity and Pastoral Studies is in Blackall Street, Barton and the school of Policing, Customs, Philosophy and Public Ethics is in Brisbane Avenue, Barton. Choose your course from the following Charles Sturt University courses: business studies; terrorism and security studies; theology; ministry; ageing and pastoral studies.
Studying in Canberra is not all about the Universities. Over four separate campuses, the Canberra Institute of Technology offers vocational training in health, hospitality, tourism, media, communication, automotive, government, electrical, plumbing and more. Canberra is also home to the Australian Defence Force Academy and the Royal Military College, Duntroon.
Studying in the nation’s capital brings a wealth of benefits. The small population means it’s not a crowded city and it actually seems like a big country town instead of a major capital city. For decades, it’s been considered one of the world’s best planned cities which makes it easy to get around. The clean environment, public transport system, cost of living and friendly people are all excellent reasons to choose Canberra over bigger cities, and you won’t be compromising one bit on the quality of education.