Living in Perth

Study on the beautiful Western Australia coastline and enjoy more hours of sunshine than any other capital city in Australia.

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About Perth

Explore the safe, clean and affordable city

Perth is the capital city of one of the world’s most significant mining regions, and growing fast in terms of population and economic prosperity. Western Australia is home to people from more than 190 countries, speaking approximately 270 languages and dialects and following more than 130 religious faiths.

Perth has been consistently ranked in the top most liveable cities in the world and has one of the fastest growing economies in Australia. It is the only capital city in Australia where the beach, natural bushland, vibrant nightlife and ocean sunsets all exist within 30 minutes of the CBD. Its affordable living also makes it an attractive option for students.

View the average cost of living in Perth.

Getting around Perth

Get around quickly and cheaply on Perth’s reliable transport network

The West Australian Government offers international students a 40% discount on all public transport within the Perth metropolitan area, so you can explore the city at low cost.

Edith Cowan College is located on Edith Cowan University campus, approximately 25 minutes from Perth CBD.

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Perth also has a large and active cycle network, offering an attractive alternative to driving and public transport.

More about cycling in Perth

Travelling & climate

Get outdoors in the sunshine

Perth’s famously warm climate contributes to fantastic outdoor activities and social opportunities, including surfing, hiking, water skiing, cycling and sailing. 

Perth’s seasons follow this pattern: Summer (December to February), autumn (March to May), winter (June to August) and spring (September to November). Average temperatures range from 18-35°C in summer to 7-16°C in winter.

Outside of Perth, there is plenty to see and do. Foodies can visit the restaurants and wineries of Swan Valley, the country’s oldest grape-growing region, where fertile soil contributes to some of Australia’s most famous wine labels, along with seasonal produce and other delicacies.

A 25-minute ferry ride from nearby Fremantle will get you to Rottnest Island for the day, with its clear blue water and friendly quokkas – the world’s smiliest marsupials!

Average weekly living costs

Please note these costs are approximate only

Your budget for living expense will depend on the type of lifestyle and accommodation you choose. To cover weekly expense, a single student needs a minimum of a $21,041 each year to cover living costs. 

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View more information on each of the accommodations options and alternative providers.

Expense Approximate cost per week (A$)
Homestay $235-$325
On-campus accommodation From $226 (plus utilities and meals)
Shared accommodation (off-campus) $165-$440 (plus utilities and meals)
Groceries and eating out $80-$280
Gas, electricity $35-$140
Phone and Internet  $20-$55
Public transport $15-$55
Entertainment $80-$150

Keep an eye out for scams

Take care when looking for accommodation on the internet

If you are looking for accommodation, let us help you! You are always welcome to see the Student Counsellor should you require assistance with finding accommodation.

We are aware of some scams on the internet advertising properties in Perth and asking students to send money via Convera (previously Western Union). Follow the below rules to make sure you don’t fall into this trap:

  • Always visit the property and take a friend with you
  • If you decide you want to move in, create an agreement with the Landlord/agent
  • Pay money IN PERSON and get a receipt; OR
  • Make sure any account you pay into belongs to a registered real estate agent who is based in Perth.

Finding accommodation can be a complicated process. In Western Australia, there are very good laws in place to protect tenants and any money they pay for bonds and advance rent. For further information please visit Western Australian Consumer Protection.

Learn more about finding accommodation

Learn more about Perth

There’s so much we could tell you about Perth but why not explore it yourself? View our YouTube playlist of all our best Perth videos.