Australian National University, Canberra

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Leafy and laid-back, Australian National University provides both students and visitors with a studious, relaxed atmosphere in which to unwind. The verdant campus extends across the affluent suburb of Acton, consists mainly of parkland--with more than 10,000 trees on campus--and has a border with the native bushland of Black Mountain. Established in the year 1946, the university boasts the distinction of being the only one created by the Parliament of Australia. Plan your visit to Australian National University and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Canberra road trip planner .
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  • Not sure how to review a uni as a tourist attraction. Visited and toured as my daughter was looking to attend the following year. Student tour guides were very informative.  more »
  • You may have been putting off visiting the ANU while the redevelopment of the old Union Court was underway. But the new precinct is impressive, offering a range of cafes and restaurants - not all open...  more »
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  • Early impression of new concessions area: relentlessly glary, hot concrete plain reminiscent of Tieman Square, surrounded by yet to be occupied chain food outlets. No public wifi.
  • Consider this warning message from someone with training in human behavior: AVOID university on-campus accommodation especially FENNER if from STRONGLY STEREOTYPED (NEGATIVE) SOCIAL GROUP. You would be the first suspect to come to mind in case of any bad conduct on your floor (Food theft is rampant).Further, if you fit the above description, then be aware that you will not be able to raise concerns (e.g., about noise level) without being seen as "difficult" simply because that is the behavior associated with your social group. Many students will gather on the floor and forcefully giggle throughout the entire night in an attempt to make an impression.Therefore, you should stay away if you hate noisy environments and actually understand the benefits of a good night sleep. In addition, your senior resident will be directed to issue disguised but surely targeted lectures about sexual assaults, again— consistent with negative stereotypes.You will be automatically seen as this unfettered potential sexual predator that needs to be "educated" and put on notice. These dreadful people will simply pin you down to the negative stereotypes of your social group.You will be battling negative stereotypes from day one that it is almost impossible to not fall into a trap like I did so tread carefully.Food for thought: Who do you think will be the prime suspect in most people’s minds in case a laptop gets stolen, for example? I am telling you, they will simply default to stereotypes without even knowing!The senior resident (SR; David) of N7 constantly suspected me of misconducts on the floor.You definitely don't want to live with that constant threat of being negatively stereotyped.This SR is one of the most closet racist I have ever encountered.This was evident from day one. You are just gonna get sick of constant hostility and rejection from everyone including the head of the hall and so you will respond in some way sooner or later.But now they will just paint you as troublesome (relying on stereotypes).And who are you gonna go to? David the SR will back-stab and bias the staff against you. He painted me as a problematic figure (absolutely stereotypically driven) simply because I requested that the night owls obey the noise curfew. Well, what is the point of having the noise curfew if students can gather on floor and giggle loudly throughout the entire night?The answer is simple: some people can get away with stuff more than others.Imagine a group of students from strongly stereotyped background gathering on the floor and giggling loudly through the entire night in violation of noise curfew! I guarantee you that the staff and the SR would have been quick to reign in and stop this "Peace Disturbing" behaviour.That is how biased these people are. Unsurprisingly, the same bunch of staff did not bat an eye when the same bunch of students blatantly disregarded my rights.For example, exchange students would cease and use my allocated food container without my permission and I was still blamed for it even though I didn't bother to raise the issue (and others)!The SR had the nerves to approach me just to engage in victim blaming. One can only imagine the reaction and repercussions if I were naive enough to do something like that. It would have been considered a break in! Very incompetent staff indeed. The SR would also fake bathroom misconducts on the floor so that I am suspected and ultimately denied readmission(his goal). He would then get the head of the hall to write me letters. He took advantage of the negative stereotypes associated with my social group. What a racist monster! The SR got exposed so he ran to Bruce Hall! Does the legendary Bruce Hall really need racists like this guy???? Living here was worse than living in a refugee camp. Never seen an openly prejudiced environment!

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