Welcome back! Canberra businesses look forward to better days with the return of international students

Karyn Starmer 14 January 2022 6

One business ready to welcome the students with open doors is 85C Bakery on Childers Street near the ANU. A bakery selling coffee and bubble tea, manager Yuxin Du said they opened their doors just as the ACT went into lockdown in August.

“Opening a new café during a pandemic was obviously not what we planned, and having no international students had a really big effect on our business,” Mr Du said.

“Now we are ready to say a big welcome to all the students and are expecting a rise in sales as the students return.”

UC Supermarket owner Bob Lu said government support helped his business survive and he managed to keep his staff employed through quiet times.

“I am from an Asian culture and I usually stock specialist Asian grocery items for the students, but those products were hard to sell when the international students were not here and the dates expired,” Mr Lu said.

“We are really looking forward to having the students back in the store again.”

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A spokesperson for the ANU said the return of the first group to Canberra this week is a very exciting milestone.

“We’ve missed our international students and they’ve missed us. International students bring many talents and ideas to our classrooms and make a substantial contribution to our campus, our community and Canberra. It’s really promising to see strong application numbers for 2022, coming from students from 131 countries,” the spokesperson said.

ANU is working closely with our students located overseas to support their return to in-person study in Canberra this year. Some students have made independent travel arrangements, and others have opted for the University to manage their return travel. Their choice is dependent on their location and individual circumstances.

“We are all looking forward to a much better 2022, with our staff and student community safely back together and making the most of the vibrant campus experience.”

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6 Responses to Welcome back! Canberra businesses look forward to better days with the return of international students
Tramcar Trev Tramcar Trev 8:54 pm 15 Jan 22

Yes all the massage parlors will be fully staffed with young Asian students thus allowing the current mature ladies to go back to working in restaraunts.

    Sean XG Sean XG 3:34 pm 17 Jan 22

    Lol speaking from experience hey Tramcar Trev?

    Tramcar Trev Tramcar Trev 3:36 pm 17 Jan 22

    Sean XG oh no a friend told me.... I'm on a Veterans pension, don't have enough money to engage with under-age students...

Terri O'Leary Terri O'Leary 3:57 pm 14 Jan 22

Welcome back ❤️❤️

    Carin Covid Carin Covid 4:13 pm 14 Jan 22

    Terri O'Leary yes welcome back - we need you in Australia

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