Moving to Perth

You’ll find all the information you need here to get you started on your journey to study with us at UWA.

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 here 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).

Study Information for International student visa holder - Semester 2, 2023

The Australian Government has updated advice to universities and international student visa holders regarding a return to full ESOS compliance by 30 June 2023 with onshore learning and student visa conditions including a full-time study load. You can find further information about student visas and conditions via the Current Students website.

We strongly encourage new international students to arrive the week before Orientation Week (17 July to 21 July 2023). This will allow you to become familiar with your surroundings and the UWA campus you will be studying.

29 July 2023 is the last day to add units to your enrolment, hence arriving after this date is strongly discouraged. If your travel plans are delayed, please contact your Student Advising Office as soon as possible. 

UWA Airport Arrival Service

The University offers a “one-off” free airport pickup service to new international students arriving on campus for the first time. To request your airport pickup service, you must have accepted your UWA offer, received your CoE and booked your flight to Perth and have a valid student visa.

How to book

The airport service is provided by Great Western Coach Tours.

Please email to apply for the airport pickup service and do this five days before you arrive.

Pickup is available at both International and Domestic terminals and drop-off locations are at the designated stops listed below. 

1)UWA College Row – all five colleges are located opposite UWA

  • University Hall
  • St Georges College
  • Trinity College
  • St Thomas More College
  • St Catherine’s College

and the following locations of

2) Campus Perth (80 Stirling Street Perth)

3) The Switch (555 Wellington Street Perth)

4) The Boulevard Perth (89 Stirling Street Perth)

5) Crawley Village

6) Beatty Lodge (Leederville)

7) Addresses within 10km of UWA or Perth Airport

Before booking, it’s important to note that:

  • Please allow two business days to receive your airport pickup confirmation. If you do not receive the airport pickup confirmation email, check your spam/junk folder first before requesting a copy from the provider.
  • Fees may apply if you do not notify the airport service provider of flight changes or cancellations.

This service is available for undergraduate students (only) and postgraduate students travelling with immediate family (spouse/children). Other family members are asked to undertake their own transport to accommodation.

Perth Airport has many transport options to get you to where you need to go, such as the Transperth public transport system, taxis and rideshare companies such as DiDiOLA and Uber.

Please check out the Perth Airport website for all the available transport options.


Organising your accommodation is an important step as you prepare your studies at UWA.

Accommodation Concierge page provides information about the current rental market and accommodation options available in Perth. You can also contact the team if you have any questions about housing.

International Student Lounge

Visit your dedicated space on campus, the International Student Lounge, once you’ve settled into your accommodation to meet the staff and student ambassadors and can provide any information you need to commence your studies successfully.

On my way to UWA: International Pre departure Webinar

Register for the live and interactive online presentation to help you prepare before you leave for Australia.

Session 1: Friday 16 June 2023 2.00pm to 3.30pm AWST

Session 2: Monday 26 June 2023 2.00pm to 3.30 AWST

Get in touch with us


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Our Future Students Centre is ready to answer all your questions.

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Phone – Domestic students
131 UWA (131 892)
8.30am–5.00pm (AWST), Monday to Friday

Phone – International students
+61 8 6488 1000
8.30am–5.00pm (AWST), Monday to Friday
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