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 a student visa before travelling and starting your studies.

Student visas

Health requirements

International students must have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of their student visa.

Health requirements


There are many accommodation options for international students to stay in Perth.

Accommodation options

Bringing your family

Children of International students must attend school while they are living in Western Australia. 

Bringing your family

Cost of living in Perth

Perth is one of the most affordable capital cities in Australia (Deloitte Access Economics 2022). 

Cost of living in Perth

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

For a smooth transition to living and studying in Perth, here is a checklist 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.

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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Phone – Domestic students
131 UWA (131 892)
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Phone – International students
+61 8 6488 1000
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