Discover Canberra's connections
Don’t be fooled, Canberra is one of the most connected cities in Australia. Here are just a few ways you’ll become connected to your new city while staying in touch with the world.
Make new connections
Canberra is Australia’s capital, although it still retains the benefits of being a small country town.
Word of mouth is still one of the best ways to find what you are looking for. From finding a used car to getting part time employment, there is always someone who knows someone who can help you.
Almost a third of Canberra’s population have moved here for work or study, so most people are very welcoming and understand how it can feel to start a new life in a new town.
University Clubs & Societies
Joining one of UC’s clubs & societies is the best way to meet new friends on and off campus who share your interests. Whether it’s a sporting, academic, social or cultural interest you have, there is a club for you.
Whether it is to expand your social network, play a new sport or even add to your study skills, joining a club is going to make your time as a student much more enjoyable.
It’s not always what you know, it’s also who you know. Joining a club gives you the opportunity to meet people from different backgrounds, cultures and personalities that could help you in your future for career.
UC's international clubs and societies
- UC Chinese Students and Scholars Association
- University of Canberra Filipino Society
- UC Indonesian Society
- UC International Students Society
- UC Japan Club
- UC Korean Society
- UC Nesian Society
- UC Thai Students Clubs
- UC Vietnamese Student Association
Embassies host expats
As the national capital, Canberra is home to embassies and consulates from countries around the world.
Many provide events and support for students and citizens of their country who now live in Canberra and Australia. This can include being invited to the embassy to meet staff and is also a great chance to meet other people from your home country who can become a support network.
Embassies also often organise groups to attend sporting events if you’re home country is playing in Australia, and may even come to celebrate when you graduate from your degree.
Connected to the world
Did you know Canberra has it’s own international airport?
With Singapore Airlines now offering direct flights to Singapore and Wellington, Canberra is more connected now than ever!
Canberra domestic terminal also offers direct flights to the following cities:
- Sydney – 50 mins
- Melbourne – 1hr 10mins
- Brisbane – 1hr 40mins
- Gold Coast – 1hr 30mins
- Adelaide – 1hr 50mins
- Perth – 4hr 35mins
- Newcastle – 1hr 10mins
So you can take off for a weekend of shopping in Melbourne, work on your tan in the Gold Coast or enjoy a wine tour of Adelaide’s finest vineyards.
Did you know?
That Canberra is less than two hours by car to both the beach and the snow?
Connect online with FREE public Wifi!
Save your data – you can connect to CBRfree, one of the largest free, public WiFi in Australia.
So no more sitting on the same cold latte in Starbucks for 3 hours just to access their internet!
Covering the outdoor areas of many of Canberra's town centres, CBRfree is Australia’s only free, public WiFi outside of a Central Business District.
The University of Canberra also offers free WiFi to all it’s students on campus, just use your student log in to access unlimited free fast internet.
Did you know?
WiFi was invented by the CSIRO which is based right here is Canberra?
The connected city
One of the best ways to get around Canberra is by bike. Connected by extensive bike paths that run alongside some of the prettiest scenery Canberra has to offer, many Canberrans get where they need to go by pedal power.
With the city offering bike friendly cafes and dedicated lanes on all the major roads, this city is set up for getting around on two-wheels.
Here are the best locations to cycle in Canberra:
- Lake Burley Griffin
- Lake Ginninderra
- Mulligans Flat Nature researve in Gunghalin
- Lake Tuggerranong Circuit
- The National Arboretum
- Mt Stromlo Forest Park
There are plans to further improve the bike paths and facilities over the next five years with 35 kilometres of new paths being built - there will be even more opportunities to get out and explore Canberra by bike.
Did you know?
Canberra has the lowest commuting times of all Australia’s major cities? Locals call it the 20-minute city because nothing is very far away.