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Quick facts about Perth

📍 State

Western Australia

📆 Established


🌆 Area

6418 km2

👪 Population

2.02 Million

🌥 Climate


👋 Welcome to Perth

Being much closer to Asian cities than Sydney, Perth has lots to offer to international students including a laid back lifestyle, friendly people, warm weather, plenty of attractions and surfing

Here is a student guide about study in Perth. We hope you enjoy reading it.

Reasons to Study in Perth

🏆 Innovation

Perth is also known for its innovations in science and technology, so studying these in Perth will bring you life changing opportunities.

🎢 Lifestyle

Perth has the highest per capita income in Australia, so it makes this city with the highest living standards in Australia. 

🌤 Weather

Perth has more sunshine than any other capital city in Australia. It has Mediterranean weather with hot summers and not so cold winters.

🎨 Multicultural

Perth offers a very unique multicultural environment with people from over 200 countries live, work and study here. Locals are also very friendly.

🏛 World Class Education

Perth’s universities and schools provide an excellent quality education making it a must choose for lots of International students planning to study in Australia.

🚌 Cheaper Transport

Like Adelaide, Perth also offers concessions to international students on all public transport fares. Student are entitled for 40% discounts with the smartrider card.

💡 Did you know?

Perth’s Kings Park is the largest city park in the world, larger than New York’s Central park.

Universities and Vocational Education in Perth

🏛 Universities in Perth

Here is a list of Perth based universities in Australia:

University of Western Australia

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is a public research university. The main campus is in Perth, with a secondary campus in Albany and various other facilities elsewhere.

Curtin University

Curtin University is the largest public research university in Perth, with the country’s third largest international students population.

Murdoch University

Murdoch University is a public university in Perth. It was established in 1973 as the state’s second university

Edith Cowan University

Named after the first woman to be elected to an Australian Parliament, Edith Cowan University (ECU) is quite a young tertiary institution established in 1991.

University of Notre Dame Australia

The University of Notre Dame Australia is the only private university in Western Australia, with campuses in Fremantle and Broome.

📒 Universities with Satellite campus

Central Queensland University has its satellite campus in Perth for overseas students offering a range of courses.

✍ TAFE and other education providers

Tafe International Western Australia and many private colleges make students’ lives easier when choosing vocational courses in Perth.

Monthly Cost of Living in Perth

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⚠ Disclaimer

The prices are expressed in Australian Dollars for each month. The figures are for single student in a shared living setting. The figures are gathered from various sources, talking with students, our team experiences and provide general guidelines. The cost of living in Perth can vary based on your lifestyle, type of accommodation, personal choice and many other factors.

Transport in Perth

📌 How to get to city from Perth airport?

Perth Airport is 15 kms from the Perth CBD (Central Business District)

The easiest way to get to city center from Perth airport is by the public transport buses operated by Transperth. You will need a Smartrider card to ride on these buses. It takes 45 to 50 mins to reach city using these buses.

You can use the a taxi or ride sharing services as well for reaching your destination from Perth airport.

🚌 Public Transport

Travelling on public transport in Perth is quite easy as there are a range of transport modes like trains, buses and ferries available for travel.

The cheapest and the best way to travel around is by getting a Smartrider card and making sure to tag on and off the card when getting on and off the public transport.

It costs $10 to buy a Smartrider card. The average weekly cost for public transport in Perth can be around $20.

🚖 Other Transport & Concessions

The good news is that international students in Perth get 40% concession when travelling on public transport in Perth.

There are free CAT buses that you can use for travelling around CBD areas and Fremantle and Joondalup. Buses are best when you are doing short trips and ferries are great for not only travelling but for the amazing views as well.

💡 Did you know?

Perth is closer to Singapore and Jakarta than to its own national capital, Canberra.

Key Events During The Year in Perth

🎾 January

Hopman Cup (Tennis)

This international mixed team tennis tournament is held in Perth at the start of every year.

🎶 February

Fringe World Festival

Spanning 150 venues across Perth, this festival is one of the local favorites. It attracts a massive pool of local and international talents in the entertainment business, so it’s definitely worth checking out.

🎎 March

Sculpture by the Sea, Perth Festival

The sculpture exhibition is a free public event that transforms the Cottesloe beach to a sculpture walk for 18 days. Perth Festival is a premier multi-arts festival held annually.

🎉 Sep - Oct

Perth Royal Show

It’s a classic WA event, offering rollercoasters and farm and domestic animals, and complete with fireworks at the end of the evening, so it’s worthwhile for your experience.

🎪 June

WA Day

WA is celebrated on this day with food markets, concerts, and workshops in Fremantle and Elizabeth Quay. It starts off in May sometimes and carries on until June.

Free Things to do in Perth

🎥 Northbridge Piazza

Catch a free movie or sporting event on Perth’s first permanent public LED screen 24×7 at this community locale. Otherwise, you can always wind down, get some sun, or catch music and cultural activities around this space.

🏊 Take a dip in the Indian ocean

Go swimming, snorkeling, or surfing in the Indian ocean at Cottesloe beach, just 15 minutes away from the city by car or public transport. Oh, and don’t forget to stay back for one of the most dazzling sunsets.

🎭 Perth Culture Centre

Your one stop for all things cultural in Perth (most, anyway). Here you will find the Art Gallery of Western Australia, State Library of WA, the Western Australia Museum and Perth Institute of Contemporary art, all free to visit and enjoy.

🌳 Kings Park

One of the world’s largest inner city parks is here in Perth. Renowned for its scientific research, horticulture and conservation efforts, King’s park houses Western Australian Botanic Garden, which has a collection of over 3,000 species of WA’s distinct flora.

🎴 Free Didgeridoo Lessons

Didgeridoo is an Aboriginal wind instrument that produces a deep, reverberating sound. So you can get a quick spin and a free lesson for 15 minutes at it from Didgeridoo Breath, one of the largest retailers of this instrument in Australia, in Fremantle.

🏁 Other places to explore

Apart from the list above, there are many other places to explore and visit in Perth. Here are some of them:

The Bell Tower
The Perth Mint
Perth Zoo
Museum of Perth
Adventure World theme park
Aquarium of Western Australia
Fremantle Prison
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