Security, safety and transport

ANU security

The Australian National University’s main campus has more than 200 buildings on 145 hectares of land in the centre of Canberra. These spaces are used by our diverse community for work, study, social and sporting purposes.

The campus is not physically enclosed and this allows for broader use of the resources available within our community. We must be aware that access to so much space, and so many facilities by very large numbers of people also means that we have to take our personal safety and the safety of others seriously.

ANU Security maintains a 24 hour presence on campus in order to ensure the safety and protection of all students, staff and visitors, as well as to protect the University assets. ANU Security maintain a 24 hour patrol, responding to emergency situations and providing First Aid.

ANU Security provides an escort service from University buildings to car parks, halls and colleges (including Fenner Hall on Northbourne Avenue). To access a UniSafe Escort after hours, just dial 02 6125 2249 (extension 52249 from internal phones).

In addition to individual security escorts, ANU Security provides the On Campus On Demand Bus.

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Emergencies & security

ANU Security provides security services to ANU and works with emergency services to respond to emergencies on campus.

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The main ANU campus is located on 145 hectares of beautifully maintained parklands in the centre of Australia’s capital, Canberra. Convenient to get to, the campus is connected to an extensive cycling network and is well serviced by buses.

See more information about transport in and around Canberra.

On Campus Night Bus

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ANU Security provides free, safe travel across campus for students and staff, Monday to Saturday evenings during semester.

The night bus provides transport between libraries, carparks and lecture theatres on campus, from 6.30pm to 12am from Monday to Thursday, and from 6.30pm to 2am on Friday and Saturday. Please note there is no service on Sunday.

The bus leaves from the Ellery Crescent (close to PopUp Village) five minutes past the hour and arrives at Fenner Hall 20 minutes past the hour. Then it will continue around the campus, stopping at the Residential Halls and parking stations.

More details are available in the timetable.

If your pick-up location is not on the established route you can call 6125 2249 to arrange a pickup.

Access - keys, locks & cards

ANU Security manages building access for staff and students across all ANU sites.

To request after hours access to the Computer Labs and Common Rooms in the J G Crawford Building, email your details and ANUID to

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Updated:  21 March 2023/Responsible Officer:  Crawford Engagement/Page Contact:  CAP Web Team