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Question Canberra - what's it like as a place to live/work?

Hey guys...

I'm applying for a graduate program for 2005 with AFFA (Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries Australia) and if by the remote chance that I am accepted I will have to move to Canberra.

What's Canberra like as a place to live? Rental price on houses/units?

I know its pretty cold down there compared to Qld but HOPEFULLY I will get down there and am keen to learn about the place.

Training wage is $35K moving up to $45K upon completion after 10 months. Will be able to upgrade the ol EA or get something better...

Beats working in the banks. Did work experience with the National for a day and a half before I realised finance was boring to me and left.

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Great place to live and work. Will require a bit of climatisation after coming down from QLD though! Rentals prices will depend on what part of Canberra you want to live, south, north or somewhere in between.

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Agree with EBXR - great place to live and work, and full of great people like us! lol.

Average Rental is around $250 per week. Average house prices around $280k. Parking is free in a lot of places (AFFA included, from memory), but if you have to work in Civic, then you're looking at around $7 per day (which is cheap compared to Sydney & Melbourne).

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Well AFFA is based in Barton I think however I don't know where that is...

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Barton appears to be around Capital Hill somewhere according to a map. Whats the roads like? I imagine they would be pretty good - I've head the city was designed and is not just urban sprawl like Syd and Melb...

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Re: Canberra - what's it like as a place to live/work?

my younger brother lives there; Swinger Hill.. IMO it is very 'pocketed'.. ie: a few suburbs in a group with a hub.. the rent is alot more than anything in Qld, comparable to the Gold Coast.. And crazy weather.. it was 13 deg, sunny with a chilly wind one day and then next day it was 29... When i was there, there were lots of young homeless people in the city, wether its like that all the time i don't know..
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Roads are fantastic. I work in Barton. Currently thre are a lot of residential appartments going up at the moment in Barton and Kingston(next suburb).

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When i was there, there were lots of young homeless people in the city, wether its like that all the time i don't know..
My dad said that when he was there for the Canberra Show. He goes most years for the woodchopping. Bit of a shock for a country boy he said. And a bit sad.

Anyway if I end up going there then I should be on $690 p/w before tax ($550 after tax) so hopefully I could afford to live...

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AP was born and bred there. It's pretty good overall except there's next to nothing for car enthusiasts.

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Good place to be in the first weekend of January... hehehe!!!

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