Living in Canberra

Canberra Lake Burley GriffinCanberra LocationCanberra is the capital of Australian Capital Territory and the capital of Australia. It has a population of around 380,000 people, making it the eighth biggest city in Australia. But it is Australia’s biggest inland city. What does that mean?

No beach!

We’ll get to that in a minute. First, a little history. Early in the 1900’s, the Commonwealth of Australia was formed and the search was on for somewhere to call Australia’s capital.

The story goes that both Sydney and Melbourne wanted the job, but because of the fierce rivalry between the two, some wise men decided to go for somewhere in between. It ended up being Canberra, not quite in the middle, and the town was built almost from scratch.

World War One slowed things up a bit but by 1927, federal government had moved in. Further development didn’t pick up speed until about 1950, thanks to the Second World War. It is pretty much all finished now, and it’s what is called a “planned city”. It didn’t grow naturally, everything was worked out before it was all started.

At the centre of the city is the artificial Lake Burley Griffin, named after the Chicago architects who designed the city. It is good for rowing, fishing and sailing but it’s really not suitable for swimming.

So, still no beach!

But if beaches are your thing, don’t despair. You will need to drive for around 150 km, which will take you a couple of hours (ouch) before you reach the Tasman Sea on Australia’s south east coast. There you will be able to choose from the beautiful Bateman’s Bay, or the nearby beaches at Durras, Maloney’s Beach or Surf Beach.

But if beaches ARE your thing, you probably wouldn’t want to live in Canberra.

Canberra’s biggest employer, easily, is the federal government. Unless you are going to be working for them, it’s difficult, as far as I can see, to make a case for moving to Canberra. Perhaps somebody who does live in Canberra, and loves it there, can get in touch with me and tell me why I am wrong.

Whilst Canberra is described as an “outdoors” place, most sources quote the top attractions as being the National Gallery and Old Parliament House. But Canberra is also home to the Australian Institute of Sport, a world class training facility that churns out our Australian sporting hero’s.

What’s the weather like?

Canberra Annual Weather ChartAs you can see from the weather chart, Canberra is distinctly colder than most other major cities in Australia. Winters really are winters.

Occasionally it snows in Canberra, but not very often. The nearest ski resort to Canberra is probably Selwyn Snowfields, about 90 kms away.

Severe weather that can affect the area include bushfires and flash flooding along with the usual gale force winds.

West Canberra consists mainly of forest.

Here’s a map of the area…..

Canberra can be divided into four main areas…..

  • Inner Canberra – including City and Inner North Canberra and Inner South Canberra
  • North Canberra – including Outer North West and Outer North
  • South Canberra – including Mid South West and Mid South
  • East Canberra – includes Wamboin, but NOT Queanbeyan, (which I originally suggested) as some in the comments have pointed out. That town is just over the border in New South Wales.

Questions about Canberra?

If you have any question about living in Canberra, please please feel free to ask them in the comments below. Or if you know this city well, why not tell us what you think of it or maybe even help out by answering some of the questions people have about the area. I’m sure anybody thinking of moving here would be very grateful for any help you can give them.

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  • Emily November 4, 2019, 1:21 pm |

    Hi All! We moved to Canberra from Tasmania and have been living here for 3 years.
    It most definitely was not our first choice of a place to live but Canberra offered my husband a good job that sadly Tasmania did not. First the good: beautiful ‘bush’ surroundings ,in fact , the majority of Canberra is like living in a national park 😀 wonderful wildlife, very colourful parrots and if you live near one of the nature reserves ( which there are many) you will be more than likely to see kangaroos hopping down your street! Very good universities, ANU and university of Canberra, which brings a high level of educated people to the city. The ‘bogan’ element seems smaller than in other Oz city’s. good shopping facilities, 2 westfields if that is your thing and in the centre some very good bars and restaurants with londsdale street in Braddon to satisfy any hipster cravings you might have. Good collection in the National gallery and the National library is superb. Culturally it’s okay, there are things going on but it’s not so obvious and harder to find than most other Oz cities. Generally people are friendly and polite. The city is clean and well cared for and public transport improving, with the advent of light rail and 5 rapid bus routes. Now for the bad……….
    Terrible soulless architecture, the houses are ghastly brick boxes with terrible layouts and expensive. There are some charming areas, Ainslie, O’Connor, Manuka, forest but we are talking a million plus, plus for these areas forcing most people out into the charmless brick box suburbs. It is very very hard to find a rental and if you do, you will be paying anything from 500- 900 for a family home ( a huge chunk of our wages, goes on the rent) petrol is expensive as are food, goods and services. Once you have done the things to do, that’s it and you may well find yourself wandering around the artificial lake frustrated and bored; if you enjoy a vibrant city life than Canberra is most definitely not for you! As for buying? Queanbeyan and Bungendore have more life and character with reasonable prices. A 20 min commute from Queanbeyan and about 35- 45 commute from Bungendore. If you can secure a permanent job, the wages are good and higher than the rest of Australia. I have been told the schools are very good and families seem to enjoy living in Canberra ; lots of biking and hiking. It’s horses for courses, personally without regular trips to the beautiful south coast and to Sydney we would have gone insane and have spent the last 2 years trying to get out of Canberra. However with jobs scarce and a possible recession looming, pragmatically it is not such a bad choice and we will need to stick it out and buy something in Queanbeyan or Bungendore to stem the huge outflow of cash spent on the rent, whilst dreaming of our future escape elsewhere near a beach with some more life to it. But until this point we are here 😫 and will do our best to enjoy it, Good luck!

    • BobinOz November 4, 2019, 6:52 pm |

      Thanks for the detailed roundup, very helpful for anyone considering Canberra. As you say, horses for courses, but if you don’t like national parks, biking or hiking, then Canberra is probably not the place to be.

      Hope your hubby gets a job somewhere else soon so you can say goodbye to the kangaroos.

      • Emily November 5, 2019, 1:46 pm |


  • Yash September 9, 2019, 1:08 pm |

    Hey guys, I’ll be moving to Canberra in Feb next year, thinking of buying an apartment, was wondering what the best suburbs were if you like a bit of night life and want to be close to local bars even on a weeknight ?

    • Andy September 10, 2019, 10:02 am |

      Hi Yash,
      The most popular suburbs for bars and night life are probably suburbs in Canberra’s inner north such as Braddon and O’Connor as well as Kingston, but around any of the town centres would be a good option too. Personally I would suggest renting for a while after arriving to get a a feel for what area you might like to live in before buying, but that’s up to you of course.

  • Emily September 2, 2019, 10:49 am |

    Hi there, we have been living in Canberra for 3 years now, hubby works in the university sector.
    The pros; beautiful bushland in and surrounding Canberra, fabulous parrots and Roos, national gallery,national library, good facilities and shops, reasonable transport around town,pleasant climate in spring and Autumn. People keep to themselves but generally friendly.
    Wages are good. 3 hrs drive to Sydney and about 2 hours drive to the beautiful south coast, both ‘doable’ for weekends away.
    The cons; freezing in winter, -3….. very very hot in summer (reaches 45 degrees this summer) very little rain, completely landlocked, very hard to make friends if you are not from Canberra,or don’t have kids, no real community vibe, modern soulless architecture, horrendous expensive badly built houses with very little to no insulation ( think freezing and boiling expensive toilet block, then you have a picture of the majority of houses in Canberra!) horrendously expensive rent and hard to get a rental. Endless dreary burbs full of brick housing estates. Very little to do culturally in one’s downtime. No beach, no sea, a couple of man made lakes with aggressive cyclists you have to get out of the way of. There are some nice houses in nice suburbs but we are talking 1.2 million and up…
    In short the Truman show of Australia! However many people love it but definitely not us! Not that we are total couch potatoes but if hiking, camping and biking are not your thing, not much else to do and there are only so many times you can visit the attractions, then …. there is nothing! I look at it as an okay posting but after 3 years we are desperate to leave as Bill Bryson said in his book’ Canberra? Why wait to die?’ However horses for courses and you would need to check it out for yourselves, good luck!

    • BobinOz September 2, 2019, 8:42 pm |

      Ha ha – Truman show of Australia. That’s funny.

      I have still not been to Canberra, the only capital I’ve not visited in Australia since I moved here nearly 12 years ago. I will go, and I’m sure I will enjoy it, thanks to those attractions, but as you’ve pointed out, living there is a different deal altogether.

      One of my best friends here was born and raised in Canberra, he couldn’t wait to get out of there as soon as he could, he said there was just nothing to do.

      Sounds like you need to move to Brisbane Emily, I’m having a great time up here 🙂

      • Emily November 4, 2019, 1:28 pm |

        Thanks Bob , we would move to Brizzie in a shot but jobs…. believe me we have been looking everyday…. when we do manage to escape if you look out of your window and see two people dancing around and screaming with joy,that will be us and would mean we have escaped!!!😉

        • BobinOz November 4, 2019, 6:47 pm |

          Okay, I’ll keep an eye out of my window for you 🙂

    • Steven October 21, 2019, 7:51 am |

      Nothing to do in Canberra!?!
      I guess that’s true if you are not interested in cycling, touring, art exhibitions, activism, classical music, plays, fine dining, great coffee, national parks, golf, hiking, museums, wildlife, astronomy, cruises, politics, education, zoos, history, gardens, shopping, sport, motorsport, classical cars, classical bikes, aviation, or life in general.

      Ok, no oceans. So I guess if you need to always be close to the coast, then Canberra isn’t for you. But otherwise it’s pretty great. There’s heaps to do in Canberra!

      • BobinOz October 21, 2019, 5:49 pm |

        Cruises from Canberra?? That’s an interesting one.

        Anyway, you’ll have to take this up with my friend, I’m just the middleman 🙂

        Thanks for all your suggestions though, quite a few people have jumped to the defence of Canberra and it’s good to hear that for some people it’s a great place to live.

        • Steven October 22, 2019, 7:12 am |

          Ok, cruises might have been pushing it a bit. But you can:

          • BobinOz October 23, 2019, 6:50 pm |

            Ah, very short cruises; pushing it yes, but I suppose it counts 🙂

  • Sahil Kumar August 7, 2019, 3:21 am |

    I am an Indian student. I coming Australian next month and my college is in Canberra. What is your views about Yarralumla.


    • BobinOz August 7, 2019, 5:47 pm |

      I’m afraid I don’t know it at all, so I can’t give an opinion. It gets a great review on Homely though, you can find a link to their website on my page Which Suburb? They rated it the best suburb in Canberra, so I don’t think you can go far wrong.

      They say it’s peaceful, green, a great place to chill and it does sit on one of the banks of Lake Burley Griffin. Sounds pretty nice to me.

      Hopefully though someone who does know Canberra well will see your comment and be able to give you more information.

    • Deanne Graf December 21, 2019, 4:58 pm |

      Yarralumla is a great suburb. It has beautiful parks, a Japanese park and lake front walks where you can see little white sailboats (you can get sailing lessons), dragon boats and all kinds of watersports like windsurfing going on. Lots of events are held on the lake there. There are biking and walking trails all along the shorefront. In warm weather, people flock to the Southern Cross Yacht Club for reasonably priced fish and chips right on the shore of the lake, spilling out from the tables to the grassy area on picnic rugs. Often they bring in live music. If you follow the road around, you’ll find yourself in a large park full of kangaroos, barbeque facilities, miniature trains, icecreams and a buzz of people there all the time, especially in the warmer weather. It also has a nice little shopping centre with a couple of nice cafes and a supermarket and post office It’s pretty close to the city as well. I think you will love it.

      • BobinOz December 24, 2019, 6:25 pm |

        Sounds like a fun suburb, thanks for the comprehensive roundup, very helpful.

  • Ashraf July 10, 2019, 3:40 pm |

    Hi, I am ashraf. Recently we have received 190 PR. I have a 5yr old daughter. Can you suggest me a place where I can find a good school for her and also the name of school, if possible. I also need to use public transport and a mosque near by.

    • Ashraf July 10, 2019, 3:43 pm |

      Oh! I missed. 190 PR from ACT.

      • BobinOz July 12, 2019, 6:19 pm |

        I don’t know Canberra at all, so I can’t help you directly, hopefully a local will see your comment and offer you some advice. Failing that, a quick Google search tells me that Canberra has five mosques and my page Which school? can help you look into the best schools in the area.

    • Chris September 13, 2019, 4:11 pm |

      All public schools are equal, and some private (secondary) schools have unsavory reputations.

      It is best to pick the nearest school so children can walk there or ride their bikes.

  • Sudar April 27, 2019, 2:57 am |


    Iam from Sri Lanka and present situation of my country I like to move to Canberra with my two kids. Is any possibilities to move there? Its very difficult to move in here and my kids very affair to live. At the same time I have responsibilities to give a valuable education to my kids. So please advice me in this regard.


    • Chris April 28, 2019, 7:45 am |

      It is best to only move to Canberra if you have a full time job confirmed. Being a public service centre means most jobs are for Australian citizens only.

      You did not mention your current skills, experience or occupation, so it is hard to provide any other comment.

      • Sudarshini Jegatheesan May 8, 2019, 12:43 am |

        Dear Sir/Madam

        Actually Iam a BA degree holder and I have more than ten years experience in INGO. Could u pls support me to find a job, it will help me to continue my studies as well and I can educate my kids too..

  • Chrisso December 27, 2018, 7:55 pm |

    “Canberra’s biggest employer, easily, is the federal government. Unless you are going to be working for them, it’s difficult, as far as I can see, to make a case for moving to Canberra”.
    Okay. I’ll take this one on (disclosure: I am a Federal public servant and long time resident).

    * Federal public servants require butchers, bakers, candlestick makers, etc (doctors, nurses, teachers, builders, electricians, joiners, carpenters, chefs, mechanics etc) – over 60% of the local economy is the service sector and the surrounding area has a population of up to 750,000 people who use Canberra as a services hub;

    * There are five universities in Canberra and well as major research facilities of the Commonwealth cultural and scientific institutions so it’s a good place to be an academic or a researcher;

    * You can drive two hours north and be in Sydney (without needing to live in Sydney). You can drive two hours east and be on the Eurobodalla or Shoalhaven coasts or two hours south and be in the snowfields. Two hours driving in Australia is like going to the corner store;

    * compared to the rest of Australia, the population of Canberra is young, affluent, educated and socially progressive;

    * Canberra is a very safe city and has very low crime statistics;

    * Canberra is the base for all the national cultural and scientific institutions so we have great exhibitions all year round that may only go to one or two other locations in Australia if they are touring, or are based on our national collections;

    * Canberra is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world – over 180 countries of birth at the last Census;

    * Canberra has a thriving hospitality sector – based on both cultural diversity and artisanal local produce from the surrounding farming districts;

    * Hiking, camping, cycling, 4WDing, horse riding etc are all available within half an hour of the CBD.

    And that’s my two cents.

    • BobinOz December 28, 2018, 7:14 pm |

      That’s more than two cents by my reckoning 🙂 Plenty of good and valuable information about Canberra and I’m sure anyone considering moving to the area will find it very useful.

      Thanks for posting it, Bob

  • Maria December 19, 2018, 8:45 pm |

    Where would be the best place to live in Canberra that is close to the Embassies and bus routes. For a reasonable price of course :-).
    Thank you

    • BobinOz December 23, 2018, 8:07 pm |

      I can’t help with this one, hopefully a local will see your question and help you out. I do know that Canberra isn’t cheap for accommodation though, and I suspect anything close to the embassies and bus route would probably cost above average prices.

      My page Cost of Buying or Renting a House in Australia can help you research this.

    • Chrisso December 27, 2018, 7:13 pm |

      Hi Maria. Most of the embassies and high commissions in Canberra are in the South Canberra suburb of Yarralumla, with another cluster in the Woden Valley suburb of O’Malley. They are both quite expensive areas to buy or rent property, even by Australian (and Canberran) standards where accommodation is among the least affordable in the world. Yarralumla has regular buses running each way between the City and Woden bus interchanges (about every fifteen minutes to half an hour on weekdays): O’Malley has no public transport access. If you plan to live in Canberra (and you should consider it) you should also consider getting a car. Public transport is affordable and reliable; but because the city is so spread out services are relatively infrequent and there are areas with poor coverage. By private vehicle you can get almost anywhere in the city from anywhere else in about half to three-quarters of an hour. I’m happy to (try to) answer any other questions you have about Canberra. I have lived here for about 35 years so I know a bit about it.

  • Nav November 22, 2018, 12:37 pm |

    I am going to canberra next month. What are job opportunities in canberra ?

    • BobinOz November 23, 2018, 7:52 pm |

      Probably better if you were to say what you do for a living Nav, otherwise it’s difficult for people to help. I can’t help you specifically with job vacancies in Canberra, but you can research it yourself on my page called Getting a Job or a Sponsorship.

  • Shay February 17, 2018, 2:03 am |

    Hello! I am moving to Canberra in August/September and I would like to rent a place that is close to the city centre to use transit or bike, but also have a house with a fenced in backyard. Preferably I would like at least a two bedroom place.


    • Andy February 17, 2018, 7:25 am |

      Have a look at to get an idea of what you’d expect to pay.
      Google maps knows about bus routes if you need to check what areas are well served by public transport. Generally most areas have a bus route.
      Some areas outside inner Canberra are still manageable. I live less than 10km from Civic, very near a bus route and I’m just outside inner north.

  • Jim February 11, 2018, 7:47 am |


    I am from Sydney and am looking for information on the real effect of purchasing property under a lease hold agreement as opposed to outright ownership.

    Do you know any good sources?


    • Mark February 11, 2018, 10:48 am |

      Hi Jim
      It’s arguably a simple process but can have a number of pitfalls. I am not familiar with the rules in various Australian states as I will put money on it they are all different, though all follow a similar theme (id hope) I have no idea for the perfect source save spending fortunes on a property lawyer who can sometimes be only as good as s/he has read. You have to consider many extra factors, the first one and most important being how long is the lease hold for / or left if it’s being sold on If its got less than 50 or 60 years on it and no option for renewal I personally would walk away but if its only a 1000 dollars that make a difference to its cheap Now im sit suggesting it will be as cheap as that but you get my drift It’s a trade in some respects If I was to sell a property I owned with only 50 years leasehold id look to renew to 125 or better 999 years why well its worth more. Im not sure id fare much better with 65 75 years left. You will hopefully appreciate you can own the building but not the land, Now in times gone and probably still you can pick a house up and move it. I believe many a Queenslander property has had this done. If it’s an apartment with 14 floors above its going nowhere (unless your clever at Jenga…I only jest) So look at the length and ask are you happy with it can it be extended, there may be an automatic right to extend it, read the costs associated, the rent on the land, the service charges and all manner of things and weigh up what you may be able to leave to children, grandchildren etc etc as of course trying to sell a leasehold with only 50 or 60 years on it and no option to renew at full money, may prove difficult. you may not be bothered about what you leave to children etc or any of the above but the very fact your looking for a guide indicates there is something you are concerned over. Rightly you should be!

      • Andy February 11, 2018, 5:29 pm |

        From my understanding, there are no freehold properties in the ACT, only leasehold. Leases on houses in the ACT have been issued originally as 99 year leases. That is not the duration you seem to indicate, Mark, would be common elsewhere. On the other hand a 99 year lease (or a decent chunk of that) with the government, probably has less negative connotations than a similar length of lease with a private freehold owner.
        Only a few leases have so far been renewed, given how new the ACT is, but I have read that a further 99 year lease will normally be granted for a relatively small administration fee.

        • Mark February 12, 2018, 12:35 pm |

          Well you still learn something new everyday Im aware several parts of Europe and even South Africa like leashold mainly because land is in short supply and for goverment owned. It has suprised me the ACT where there is a fair bit of land operates this. What a curious set up the ACT is, though from what I have read the territory that was to be the ACT was transferred by New South Wales to the Commonwealth in 1911. The ACT opted for leasehold because of the initial idea of the Commonwealth had to build the new capital city without spending taxpayers’ money. The Commonwealth may have planned to sell Crown leases in Canberra at a low price and receive an annual rent based on the value of the land. As the city grew, the land value would rise and with it, the rent. The rising rent amounts were to finance the development of the capital and its public buildings.
          However, this did not happen and in 1970, the land rent for residential leases was abolished. Since then the ACT has been a freehold city sort of in name but still uses the 99 year leasehold system. The idea may have been adopted from the UK or should I say England where its not uncommon to find 125 or even 999 year leaseholds. In Scotland they have been abolished, saying its a legacy from the feudal times. Id agree!

  • SHAUNAK MARULKAR December 20, 2017, 10:06 pm |

    Hello Bob,

    I have received my PR Visa for ACT and I shall be arriving (from Mumbai India) in Canberra by February 2018, along with my wife and one kid (3 year old). Initially we are going to stay in a Hotel in Curtin for a week. I believe we will have to search for an accommodation first, before we both get jobs. So choosing home at a right place (that is close to office) is crucial.

    Could you please guide me on which are the areas that have most of the offices, for me to target and good non-expensive places to get a 1BHK or 2 BHK on rent to stay ? I will obviously prefer less commute time (since I will have to rely on public transport), a good school nearby. BTW, me and my wife are HR Managers.

    Looking forward to your response ASAP. Thanks !

    • Faraz Khan December 21, 2017, 4:21 am |

      Hi Shaunak,

      Welcome to Canberra. I hope that you will find dream job soon.

      If I am not wrong, you are definitely staying in Statesman Hotel. In my view, Curtin is the best area to find accommodation. It is quite close to city centre and Woden town centre. Curtin Primary School is one of the best schools in Canberra. I also live in Curtin and my daughter is going to the same school. Commute is also quite convenient. Usually in Canberra public transport is not that good and you might have to change two buses to reach at a destination. Luckily from Curtin to City centre or Woden town centre you can travel in one bus. Since you have a kid, you should aim for 2 bed rooms unit. Usually landlord doesn’t give single bed room accommodation to a family with kids. This is my experience.

      Hope that above information I have provided will help you making a decision.

      Good luck.

      • SHAUNAK MARULKAR December 21, 2017, 2:21 pm |

        Thank you Faraz,

        Appreciate your quick response. This helps me a lot. Yes I am staying in Statesman Hotel for a week after my arrival and in this time, I intend to find a suitable accommodation. Happy to know that Curtin is good. Where are most of the offices located, by the way ? Just hoping HR jobs are available… LOL !

        • Faraz Khan December 21, 2017, 4:39 pm |

          No doubt Civic – city centre is the hub of most of the offices. Fyshwick is also an another business hub. In the first step, I think you shouldn’t focus on the office location instead look for the job anywhere in Canberra. The city itself is very small and you won’t find it difficult to commute. Trust me you would need a car to move around specially for shopping and purchasing stuff such as Indian groceries.

          • SHAUNAK MARULKAR December 21, 2017, 6:28 pm |

            Okay, thank you very much. Appreciate your advise.

            • Nirav December 23, 2017, 12:04 am |

              Hi Saunak,
              Congrats for your PR and best wishes for your future in Australia.
              I have questions for you.
              Have you direct apply for PR?
              Are you going to Australia first time?
              How much time it gets for entire PR visa process?
              Hope you will reply my questions. Thanks in advance..

              • SHAUNAK MARULKAR December 23, 2017, 9:31 pm |

                Hello Nirav,

                I applied through an agent in Mumbai. I am going to Australia for the first time. It took me 4 years to get my VISA.

                • Susheel February 6, 2018, 6:03 pm |

                  Hi Shaunak,
                  Congrat’s on getting your visa. May i know if you are on 190 state nominated visa for Canberra.
                  May i know if you landed in Canberra and settled in Curtin.
                  I too got the visa for Canberra under 190 State nomination and am planning to come along with my spouse and daughter of 8 years.
                  Hi Faraz,
                  Saw your valuable advise to Shaunak.
                  I too planning to come to Canberra along with my spouse and 8 years old daughter. I am quite confused of which location is good for indians in a city center which will have all facilities like schools, residential accomodation and indian groceries.
                  May i know the monthly rent for a 2 BHK house/flat in Canberra city center and in Curtin and what would be the monthly expenses for livelihood.

                  Hyderabad, India.

                  • SHAUNAK MARULKAR February 6, 2018, 9:01 pm |

                    Dear Susheel,
                    Yes, I got PR under 190. I am currently in Pune. I will land in Canberra on 22nd Feb 2018. For the first one week, I will be staying in the Statesman Hotel and search for a house, preferably full furnished. How about you ? When are you going ?

                    • Susheel February 7, 2018, 3:53 pm |

                      Hi Shaunak,
                      Am currently in Hyderabad and i will land in Canberra by May 1st week.
                      Am reachable on 9959832244. Give me a call when you are free.


                  • Faraz February 9, 2018, 1:37 pm |

                    Hi Susheel,

                    Welcome to Canberra. It is a good place to live but job market is quite tough. I hope you find something suitable for you soon after your arrival.

                    I would suggest you to initially find a reasonable priced accommodation that should be closed to various amenities like school, indian groceries, super stores, medical centre. City centre is very expensive place to live. Right now Belconnen is the best place where you may find large number of indian residents. Some of the suburbs of Gungahlin also have large number of indian/pakistani people such as Bonner. Gungahlin is a bit far from City Centre. Belconnen is also a little distant from Centre but Ok if you have a car. You will have to buy a car if you like to move around freely.

                    • Ajay June 7, 2018, 4:09 am |

                      Hi Susheel and Shaunak,
                      Whether you guys moved to canberra.
                      Thanks Faraz your inputs has been found to be informative.

                  • Faraz February 9, 2018, 1:45 pm |

                    Hi Susheel,

                    Regarding rent, you will have to check online as different suburb will have different rate. It also depends on the condition and facilities provided in the property. I would say a range of $350 – $450 per week for a reasonable accommodation. Please check Initially you will have to find temporary accommodation for few weeks before you secure a permanent place to live. Please check website for temporary accommodation.

                    In general, you should have at least $3000 monthly expenses including rent and utility bills.

                    Hope it helps.

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