Areas of Canberra - Insider Guides

Areas of Canberra

Australia’s national capital, Canberra, is full of exciting areas that are ideal for student living. With hip cafés, a multicultural community and fascinating museums it is an invigorating city.

Civic & Acton

Civic is Canberra’s city centre, packed with bars, shops and public services like Civic Library, the City bus interchange, Canberra Olympic Pool and Glebe Park. The Canberra Centre is the main shopping precinct, along with smaller, independent outlets dotted around it. Across Northbourne Avenue, Canberra’s main thoroughfare, you’ll find Acton. Here, the Australian National University (ANU) means there are lots of student-friendly cafes and restaurants.

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Inner North

The Inner North is a great place to live. Braddon is the place to be for Insta-worthy food and nightlife. A little further out in Dickson, Canberra’s best Asian restaurants and specialty grocery stores attract an international crowd. Rental prices are generally cheaper further away from the city centre, but you’ll still only be a short bike, light rail or bus ride away.

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Canberra’s southside is a leafy and perfectly lovely spot to live. Canberra’s top galleries and museums are dotted around Lake Burley Griffin, alongside the Kingston Foreshore restaurant precinct and the historic Manuka and Kingston shops. Living in Woden or Tuggeranong is an affordable option, with lots of green spaces and a solid bus network.

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A 30-minute bus ride from Civic, this area is home to the University of Canberra and CIT, and is often more budget-friendly than the city and Inner North when it comes to rent and eating out. The suburbs of Kaleen, Giralang and Florey have lots of cheap housing, as well as the student residences in Belconnen. There’s also a huge Westfield shopping centre here as well as lots of places to eat, drink and explore.

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