The University of Western Australia sits in the prime location of our state’s thriving capital city, Perth.
Our main campus is home to 25,000 students, with more than 4,000 international students hailing from 100 countries. We also have an Albany campus in the heart of the South West (a five-hour drive from Perth), and our UWA Health Campus at the Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre, along with additional facilities in Claremont and Nedlands.
Over the past 50 years, Australia has taken pride in cultivating its status as one of the world’s most successful, multicultural countries, and the city of Perth is no exception. Experience a place where people from all over the world are respected and feel welcome, and make a home for yourself as part of the UWA community.
Life in Perth
A vibrant place to
live, work and study
of ASX-listed companies have Perth headquarters
Australia’s 4th-largest city and a multicultural hub
of the world's population in our time zone
A city of opportunity and prosperity
Western Australia has been the export powerhouse of the Australian economy*, with our great state producing 48% of Australia’s merchandise exports in 2019-20*.
Our economy sees consistently strong economic growth above the Australian average*, in addition to our average annual incomes being 8% above the national average^.
*Western Australian Treasury Corporation, 2020
^Australian Bureau of Statistics, May 2020
An affordable, quality lifestyle
Perth offers an unrivalled lifestyle with more than 8 hours of sunshine a day, good to very good air quality year-round (World Air Quality Index Project), and easy transport options.
Perth is also one of the most affordable destinations for students looking to study in Australia.
Perth is the nation’s fourth-largest city and is consistently one of the fastest-growing cities in the country. It’s a city of 2 million people, with a projected population of 3.5 million by 2050 (perth.wa.gov.au, 2020).
Australia’s gateway to Asia
Perth is the closest major Australian capital city to Asia, making it unique among international study destinations.
You can stay easily connected to your home and the global economy, with Perth located in the same time zone as 60% of the world’s population (plus/minus 2 hours).
A multicultural society
Australia has taken pride in cultivating its status as one of the world’s most successful, multicultural countries. The city of Perth is no exception. It holds strong international appeal with its diversity and urban sophistication.
We believe all people are equal and have built an inclusive society where different cultures, religions and lifestyles are embraced. No matter what your religious, ethnic or cultural background is, there’s a place for you in Perth.
Safety and security
Perth is a safe, friendly and welcoming city, with a great sense of community. You can feel secure on public transport as trains, buses and ferries are fitted with 24/7 CCTV cameras.
UWA offers an after-hours security escort service to car parks, colleges and accommodation immediately adjacent to the University. Uniformed security officers can be called upon to ensure you reach your destination safely.
Cost of living
Living and studying at university can bring about costs other than your tuition fees, such as accommodation, groceries, utilities, services, socialising, and more.
The Australian Government’s Study in Australia website provides further guidance on the annual cost of living.
There’s much more to our campus than iconic Winthrop Tower greeting you from Stirling Highway. UWA Perth provides a mix of high-tech facilities, studios, labs, tutorial spaces, lecture and performance theatres, in addition to uni essentials like libraries, cafés, shops, health services, sporting venues and more. With a lively cultural scene, including a museum, gallery and seasonal open-air theatre, UWA is like its own vibrant city.
Set against a backdrop of lush gardens, our campus celebrates heritage-listed buildings alongside striking new facilities. The beloved sandstone pillars and arches that adorn our grounds also attract visitors year-round. From campus, it’s an easy walk, cycle or drive to significant, treasured landmarks such as Kings Park, Cottesloe Beach, Fremantle, and more.
Campus and facilities
Our wide range of facilities provide students with the chance to engage in real-life learning environments that emulate on-the-job training. This hands-on, career-ready experience is what sets our graduates apart.
UWA Health Campus
Located on the grounds on the Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre, this training site includes two major public hospitals and is home to internationally renowned organisations. UWA academics and students feature throughout these organisations, where they engage in world-leading research and clinical teaching.
Sitting along the town’s café strip just a five-hour drive from Perth is our southwest campus, UWA Albany. Studying in Albany can be an excellent transition year for country school leavers who want to start their studies without the stress and expense of moving to the city.
Supporting our State's projects and communities
UWA recognises the need to renew and revitalise our partnerships with industry, government, and communities in rural, regional and remote WA. Each year we dedicate more than $50m to regional projects that span agriculture, marine science, archaeology, astronomy, law, medicine, indigenous education and the arts involving research, learning, teaching and community engagement activities. Learn more about how we aim to share our knowledge, resources and expertise for the betterment of Western Australian regions.