Student Life

Living in Canberra

Canberra is the capital city of Australia with a population of around 400,000 people. Canberra offers the benefits of a big city, without the traffic, pollution or congestion. The open spaces, vibrant city, and relaxed atmosphere have had Canberra ranked as the best city to live in the world (OECD 2014). Canberra is known for its multicultural population and welcomes students from around Australia and the world to our community. Visit for more information on the benefits of studying and living in Canberra.

For more information regarding living in Canberra and starting a life in Australia, visit the Department of Social Services to download more information.

Studying in Braddon

Ask any local where the best food precinct is in Canberra and Braddon will always hit the top of the list. Only a short walk from the city centre, Braddon is an exciting, vibrant precinct with boutique shops, cafes, bakeries, restaurants, and bars. Braddon has it all – hotels and accommodation, gyms, popular eating spots, international cuisines, and relaxing cafes for a coffee while you study. Step out of the campus doors and find yourself in the heart of Braddon – close to everything you could need as a student.

Our Campus

Our Braddon campus is located in the heart of Canberra – close to public transport, restaurants and shops, and local attractions. Enjoy the spacious classrooms and specially designed student area when you study with ACTI. Our facilities are purpose-built to cater for our International students. At Australian Capital Training Institute, we want the best for our students, including access to:

  • The latest technology and machines
  • Extensive cosmeceutical product ranges
  • State-of-the-art equipment
  • Modern, purpose built campus close to public transport and the city centre.

Australian Capital Training Institute has been purpose built and designed with quality and practicality in mind. Our training rooms all feature interactive learning tools including smart devices to assist student learning.

Our beauty therapy rooms are specifically designed and equipped for course components including makeup, facials, waxing, massage and tanning. Our equipment is high quality, brand new, and upgraded regularly.

Our laser rooms have also been created to meet safety regulations and enhance the learner experience. All of our training rooms have been designed with space and quality in mind.

Our student hub is designed to help our students feel at home. Take advantage of our extensive library full of books and magazine to inspire you.

Our Braddon campus also offers our Student Salon where students have the chance to provide treatments to paying customers under the supervision of our educators and trainers.

ACTI’s Braddon campus is conveniently located close to public transport and Canberra’s city centre. We are moments away from the light rail service and a public bus station is right outside our door. Parking is available only a short walk away.

The famous Lonsdale Street is the next street over and offers access to coffee shops, restaurants, bars, and clothes shops.

Getting Around

Canberra has an excellent public transport system servicing the entire ACT. Canberra has very short commute times and an extensive bike paths and bus networks all over the city.

International students are often eligible for student concessions and discounts on public transport:

Light Rail

Construction is well underway for Canberra’s light rail network. Our training school is located only moments away from the nearest light rail tram stop.


Taxis and Uber services are readily available throughout the city and across Canberra


The bicycle paths around Canberra connect to various amenities, major locations and town centres


Canberra’s bus network is reliable and services the entire ACT. The public bus system has a convenient bus stop directly in front of the training school.


Park you car only a short distance away from our training school. Paid parking is available on Mort Street and next to the Canberra Centre.

Cost of Living

Canberra is an affordable city with lower costs than other cities in Australia. Living costs in Canberra will vary, depending on your individual needs, including lifestyle, spending habits, and location. We have outlined some costs that might affect your situation when studying in Canberra. (Please remember this is a guide only. For more information on managing your money, please visit


General Living Expenses *Guide Only

Public Transport $ 20-60 a week
Petrol $ 1.40 per litre (2018, according to Fuel Check)
Utilities $ 20-60 a week
Restaurant Meal (for one) $ 20-30
Takeaway Coffee $ 4.00
Mobile phone services $ 40-60 a month


Accommodation *Guide Only

Rent (single) $325-800 a week
Share house/Shared rental $150-350 a week

Visit for more information on the cost of living in Canberra.

For more information regarding living in Canberra and starting a life in Australia, visit the Department of Social Services to download more information.