Bruce is a Canberra suburb in the Belconnen district. Bruce was gazetted as a division on the sixth of June 1968 in recognition of Viscount Stanley Melbourne Bruce, the first Chancellor of the Australian National University and eighth Prime Minister of Australia. S. M. Bruce served as Chancellor from 1951 to 1961. The streets in Bruce are named after people and places associated with Australian tertiary education.
The Fern Hill section of the suburb was originally planned to be developed as a hub for information and communications technology businesses, with consequently some low-rise office buildings being developed off a part of Thynne Street, along with a small commercial centre including a cafe. However, as of the late 2000s, the area has instead come to see considerable residential development, with densities ranging from detached houses through to three storey apartment buildings, with commercial ground floor uses.
The more established parts of the suburb are mostly comprised of large, detached homes on generous blocks, with the southern end endowed with well established gardens and trees.
Bruce has many sporting facilities, including Canberra Stadium, which is home to the Canberra Raiders rugby league and Brumbies rugby union sides and occasionally hosts national and international sporting events. There is also the Canberra International Sports & Aquatic Centre and the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS).
The University of Canberra (UC), which has an enrolment of over 10,000 students, is situated in Bruce and is one of four major universities in Canberra. Educationally, there is also the Bruce Campus of the Canberra Institute of Technology and Radford College, a popular private school facilitating students from pre-school to year 12.
Bruce is also home to Calvary Public Hospital.
The suburb is relatively well-served by public transport, with ACTION’s Intertown Public Transport route running through it via the Calvary Hospital, Radford College, and the University of Canberra. The ‘7’ and ‘3’ bus routes also connect the suburb to Civic via Lyneham, Dickson, and Ainslie; and O’Connor and Acton respectively. Additionally, a number of cycle routes provide links to the Inner North, Belconnen Town Centre, and Kaleen.