Living in Perth

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Located on the Swan Coastal Plain, Perth is the capital city of Western Australia. With a population of around 2 million, it is the fourth largest city in Australia. Renowned for its beautiful beaches and stunning waterways, Perth is a great option for international students.
The city is fast becoming a popular study destination for students from all over the world and it’s easy to see why: Perth offers a great outdoor lifestyle, convenient free public transport within the city, and accessible cafes, restaurants and clubs.
So, when choosing Perth as a study destination, students can find the perfect balance between achieving their educational goals and experiencing a great lifestyle.

Living Expenses In Perth

An important part of your financial preparation before going overseas to study is knowing the average living costs. This will help you to budget and live within your means.
Knowing the average living costs in Australia is an important part of your financial preparation. For your reference, here are some of the costs associated with living and studying in Australia. (All costs are in Australian dollars and linked to the consumer price index.)


  • Hostels and Guesthouses – $90 to $150 per week
  • Shared Rental – $85 to $215 per week
  • Homestay – $235 to $325 per week
  • Rental – $165 to $440 per week
  • Boarding schools – $11,000 to $22,000 a year

Other living expenses

  • Groceries and eating out – $80 to $280 per week
  • Gas, electricity – $35 to $140 per week
  • Phone and Internet – $20 to $55 per week
  • Public transport – $15 to $55 per week
  • Car (after purchase) – $150 to $260 per week
  • Entertainment – $80 to $150 per week

Minimum cost of living
The Department of Home Affairs (Home Affairs) has financial requirements you must meet in order to receive a student visa for Australia. From 1 February 2018 the 12 month living cost is:

  • You – $20,290
  • Partner or spouse – $7,100
  • Child – $3,040

All costs are per year in Australian dollars. To convert to your own currency, visit (opens in a new window)

The Australian Government provides information and guidance on managing your finances.
You can read more at (opens in a new window)



School is compulsory for all children aged between five and seventeen years of age. These ages may vary slightly in some states.
The government provides public schools. Churches and other groups provide private schooling.
You will need to check with the Western Australian Department of Education  for their criteria and assessment for their fees in a public school.
Fees are also payable for private schooling.

Note: Students holding temporary visas may be required to pay full school fees. Check with individual schools for details.


Students should refer to the Department of Home Affairs (Home Affairs)  for advice on their allowable hours in which they can gain employment and paid work. Currently as at 1st May 2016, as an international student, you can work 40 hours a fortnight (two weeks). Students have an opportunity to obtain part time employment during the study periods and have an opportunity to obtain full time employment during the study period breaks.