Moving to Perth

Moving to Perth to study is an exciting and new experience. At The University of Western Australia, we're here to help make your journey as smooth as possible. 

Compared to other major cities around the world, Perth is the perfect place to live, work and study. Not only is it one of the most liveable cities in the world (Economist Intelligence Unit), but it’s also one of the most affordable capitals to study in Australia too (Deloitte Access Economics 2022).

What to consider before moving to Perth

Student visas

To study as an international student in Australia, you will need to obtain a student visa before travelling and starting your studies.

Student visas

Health requirements

To ensure students’ health and safety while studying, international students must have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) from an approved Australian health insurance provider for the duration of their student visa.

Health requirements

Moving to Perth - Accommodation

There are many accommodation options for international students to stay in Perth, both on and off campus.

Explore accommodation options

Bringing your family

Children of International students must attend school while they are living in Western Australia. Children can be enrolled in either a government or non-government school, and dependent children of master’s and PhD students may receive a waiver on school tuition fees.

Dependant schooling

Moving to Perth - Cost of living

Perth is one of the most affordable capital cities in Australia (Deloitte Access Economics 2022). The annual cost of living in Perth depends on your lifestyle and the type of accommodation you choose.

Cost of living

Working in Australia

As an international student in Perth, you can work up to 40 hours per fortnight while your studying and unlimited hours during breaks.

Visa details and conditions

Before you arrive in Perth

To ensure you have a smooth transition to living and studying in Perth, check out the International Students page for things that will set you up for success.

Before arriving in Perth

Fees and scholarships

Discover everything you need to know about international student fees and scholarships at UWA, plus the current government incentives available

Fees and scholarships

Learn more about Perth

Find out from our international students what it’s really like to move and live in Perth, Western Australia.


Have a question? Get in touch with us


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