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Living in Perth

A great place to live and study

Perth, the capital of Western Australia, is a modern western city of about 2 million people. The multicultural population enjoys an extensive range of high quality facilities and a relaxed cosmopolitan lifestyle. Perth’s friendly people welcome visitors and students from all over the world.

Perth’s wide open spaces and pleasant Mediterranean climate (hot/dry summers and cool/wet winters) create an excellent living environment where problems such as pollution and congestion are minimal.

Western Australia’s dynamic economy produces over 40% of Australia’s export products and provides many career business opportunities. No wonder people from other Australian states and overseas countries are choosing to live in Perth.

Perth is conveniently located for inbound flights from around the world, especially Asia and Africa. The time zone makes for relatively easy communications between students and their home.

Even with its high standard of living, Perth offers students quality accommodation at a reasonable cost. Quality food and other products from around Australia and overseas are available from Perth’s many shopping facilities.

Perth’s lifestyle is well supported by excellent health care facilities and a clean, safe environment free from the congestion of many other cities.

Perth has four seasons - spring (September to November), summer (December to February), autumn (March to May) and winter (June to August). Temperatures average around 5 - 18 C in winter and 18 - 35 C in summer. Students are advised to pack light weight clothing to remain cool during the warm summer weather and appropriate warm clothing such as jeans, jackets and jumpers for the winter.

See the Australian government’s advice on required living costs at Cost of Living in Perth. The average international student spends about $400 - $450 AUD a week on accommodation, clothing, food, transport, entertainment, telephone and incidental costs. Please note that airfares and tuition fees do not form part of this estimated cost of living. It also does not cover additional costs associated with a more expensive lifestyle.

Check out the StudyPerth video clip about living In Perth: Student Life in Perth

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