Get to know Canberra

Cost of living

Do you know how much it will cost to live in Canberra? Start planning your budget now and avoid financial stress later.

    What to pack

    Clothes for all seasons! Canberra is generally hot in summer but quite cold in winter (temperatures can reach as low as -7°C at night). Remember that Australia is in the Southern Hemisphere so December is the middle of the Australian summer, while July is the middle of winter. If you have too much luggage, consider shipping/mailing the things which you won't need immediately after arrival to your Canberra address before you leave home.

    If you are staying in a non-catered hall, you may want to bring your most essential cutlery and cooking utensils as these are not provided. (Other cooking utensils can be purchased from nearby stores during your first few days in Canberra.)

    If you are an international student, you may also need to bring electrical adaptor(s) and voltage converter(s). Please check these online. A starting reference can be found on Trip Advisor's power and appliances guide.

    Transport and getting around

    While the city is only a short 10 minute walk from on-campus accommodation, students who are living off-campus should start thinking about how they are going to get to classes. Canberra has an extensive bus network and cycling is also an option with many of Canberra's main roads having designated bicycle lanes. Find out more about:

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