Bruce is a suburb of Canberra, Australia, notable for hosting the University of Canberra and Canberra Sports Stadium. It is a new area, only created in 1968, with a population of over 6,000 residents. Located north-west of the centre, it is one of the remoter suburbs of Canberra, immersed in the natural beauty surrounding the city.
The University of Canberra in Bruce, covering a small area with only 28 buildings it is one of the smaller universities of the city, with 70,000 graduate students since its opening year in 1967. In addition to education, Bruce is a centre of sport and hosts the impressive GIO Stadium Canberra used for rugby league games, which stands adjacent to the Australian Institute of Sport. Contributing to the Canberra Nature Park series is Bruce Ridge, a protected area for rare wildlife and vegetation including native grassland, bushland hills and the threatened woodland bird, the speckled warbler. For more activity, visitors can also go to Canberra International Sports and Aquatic Centre, to swim, workout or partake in various activities.
Within a ten-minute drive from Canberra city centre, Bruce is easy to reach, with local buses travelling to the suburb on a regular daily basis. The area is particularly accessible due to the location of the university, and regional coach services drive to the district from other major Australian cities, as well as long distance Country Link trains.
Gazetted in 1968, the suburb of Bruce names itself after Stanley Melbourne Bruce, who was the eighth prime minister of Australia from 1883 to 1967. Most of its street titles are after people or places with connections to the Australian tertiary education, many who are associated with the University.