Perth is the capital and largest city of the Western Australia. It is the 4th most populous city in Australia. One can experience the best of the both worlds here with the soft-sand beaches and scenic parks and the metropolis bars, restaurants and creative street art.
As Perth is quite close to Bali, we can say that Perth is a combination of big-city attractions and serene and informal surroundings. It is a laid-back and liveable place with amazing weather, beautiful beaches, and easy-going people. There are a number of places like beautiful beaches, riverside, nearby bush, pristine parkland to explore and with good public transport system it becomes all the easier to enjoy especially when you are a student and tight on budget.
The city is home to four state-run universities i.e. University of Western Australia, Murdoch University, Curtin University, and Edith Cowan University and one private university i.e. the University of Notre Dame.
Students from all across the globe come here to study because of the high standards of the education imparted here.
There are a number of accommodations available as per the requirements of the students. You can choose which suits you and your pocket too! Here are the rentals you have to pay for different types of accommodations:
An approximate guide to accommodation costs in Perth is below:
|Hostels and Guesthouses||$80 to $135 per week|
|Shared Rental||$70 to $250 per week|
|On campus||$80 to $250 per week|
|Homestay||$110 to $270 per week|
|Rental||$100 to $400 per week|
|Boarding schools||$10,000 to $20,000 a year|
Cost of Living
It is very important to calculate your expenses in advance. So, to get the truest possible picture, you should take the expenditure to be incurred for daily needs into consideration. Here are the approximate expenses you will be required to bear while studying in Perth:
|Groceries and eating out*||$80 to $200 per week|
|Gas, electricity||$60 to $100 per week|
|Phone and Internet||$20 to $50 per week|
|Public transport||$10 to $50 per week|
|Car (after purchase)||$150 to $250 per week|
|Entertainment||$50 to $100 per week|
Travel and Transport
Perth is well connected via rail, road, and air. Students in Perth either travel cheaply or for free as there are zones within Perth, Fremantle and Joondalup city where everyone travels for free. Also, international students get a 40% discount on all public transport throughout the Western Australia.
Part-Time Work Opportunities
Students can opt to go for part-time jobs if the program and the university they are going to join allow them to do so. They can work for the fixed number of hours in a year. Students can choose to work on-campus or off-campus as per the availability of the vacancy according to their skill-sets.
Health and Personal Care
When going to Australia, you will be required to get an Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC). It will be arranged by the institute you will be joining and should last till the time you will be attending the program as part of the student visa requirements.
This healthcare insurance will cover the cost for any medical or hospital care required by you during your stay. Some of them also take care of the prescribed medicines and emergency ambulance costs.
Art and Culture
Art and culture play a very important role in our city life as they engage, challenge, and surprise people. Perth has been investing in developing its rich cultural landscape.
Most parts of the city are covered by the free 24-hour Wi-Fi network and students can do their online research or talk to their families while sipping coffee in a park!
In Perth when it’s warm and clear, you can go for cinemas outdoors and on rooftops, live music and street festivals under the stars. There are plenty of music spaces, bars, lounges and concert venues. You will be able to get relaxed and enjoy your break from the routine within your budget.
Food and Shopping
If you love food and shopping; Perth won’t disappoint you!
There are a number of joints and markets where you can relish cuisines from all across the world. You can try weekend markets and ethnic supermarkets for the tasty home food.
Your chase for the designer outfits and exclusive pieces will get over at King Street. You can buy best of the brands and designs here though at a good fortune.
If you are willing to spend little less, don’t be disheartened because Perth has fashion choices for all in every budget!
NOTE: All costs are in Australian dollars.