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Relocating to Canberra – Need Information Please!

By bettina416 26 June 2010 44

I recently saw this website as I googled for information about Canberra. I am hoping this forum can help provide me with some information.   My husband have received an offer to relocate to Canberra. We are both in our late 30’s, no children. I’ve done some research via web about Canberra, though I find that there’s not a lot of information. So, I figured the best way to get information would be from those who live in Canberra — either as a local or an expat relocated here.

Hope you can help on my queries about Canberra:

1) Life – What’s it like in terms of sights, attractions, things to do

2) Cost of Living – What would be a reasonable salary for a couple with no kids moving to Canberra? Monthly average for rental, food, utilities, transport (1 car only)?

3) Accomodations – Which area would you recommend to live in? Looking for safety, location (close to a lot of things without having to drive all the time)? Average rental rate for a 2 bedroom apartment/townhouse/duplex?

4) School – I’ve been working all my life. With this move, I have yet to find a job. However, I’m looking to go back to school to finish my graduate studies. My interests lie in: Human Resources, MBA, International Relations. Looking for a school with good balance of theory and practice, bonus if there is 1 semester that can be taken in European schools as part of curriculum. Choices are: University of Canberra or Australian National University — which is a better choice given what my interests are?

5) Websites/Links/Books – If you can recommend websites/blogs/links/books or other references where I can find out more about Canberra, that would really be helpful.

Sorry that I have so many questions. But, I would like to really know more about Canberra to help in our decision making.

Thanks in advance for taking time to read my very L-O-N-G post. Looking forward to hearing from the Canberra residents  in this forum.

Cheers

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Kerryhemsley 4:09 pm 10 Aug 10

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Alicia91 said :

I’d say don’t move here. I really dislike canberra and so does everyone else I know.
There is nothing to really do unless your into museums, art galleries, politics etc.
It is so expensive to rent and houses are expensive to buy. Then I don’t know where your moving from so it’s hard to say whether you will like it or not!The only good thing about it is peak hour traffic isn’t that busy at all!

Perhaps if you, and everyone you know (who apparently ALL dislike like Canberra) would have the decency to move away to somewhere more interesting like, say, Dubbo, people who want to live here would be rewarded in two ways, the doubling of the average IQ and a reduction in demand for housing which would reduce rental prices.

It is win-win – if you like I will charter a bus for you.

Having lived a long time in Canberra it still makes me laugh at how sensitive,defensive and parochial its born and breds are.

Alicia91 said :

I’d say don’t move here. I really dislike canberra and so does everyone else I know.
There is nothing to really do unless your into museums, art galleries, politics etc.
It is so expensive to rent and houses are expensive to buy. Then I don’t know where your moving from so it’s hard to say whether you will like it or not!The only good thing about it is peak hour traffic isn’t that busy at all!

Perhaps if you, and everyone you know (who apparently ALL dislike like Canberra) would have the decency to move away to somewhere more interesting like, say, Dubbo, people who want to live here would be rewarded in two ways, the doubling of the average IQ and a reduction in demand for housing which would reduce rental prices.

It is win-win – if you like I will charter a bus for you.

Alicia91 6:20 pm 08 Jul 10

I’d say don’t move here. I really dislike canberra and so does everyone else I know.
There is nothing to really do unless your into museums, art galleries, politics etc.
It is so expensive to rent and houses are expensive to buy. Then I don’t know where your moving from so it’s hard to say whether you will like it or not!The only good thing about it is peak hour traffic isn’t that busy at all!

bettina416 6:34 pm 29 Jun 10

@ Clown Killer and Sepi — Thanks for the many useful tips!
@ Kath — Thank you for letting me know that the bus route. I wondered about that, especially since my only form of transport for a while would be a bus.

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