Cost of living

Preparing to live and study in Western Australia requires knowing the costs involved.

Studying at university brings about other costs aside from your tuition fees.

You may need to:

  • find accommodation
  • travel to and from university
  • pay for gas and electricity
  • buy textbooks, technological devices and stationery supplies
  • attend health and medical appointments
  • factor in grocery shopping, takeaways and dining out
  • think about entertainment activities (movies, concerts, etc) and socialising, such as joining a club or society

The Australian Government provides guidance on the annual cost of living. Visit the Study in Australia website for more information.

Education and living costs in Australia

Living in Perth

Compared with other major cities around the world, living and studying in Perth is a smart decision for students.

Cost of living

Perth placed 71st in Economist Intelligence Unit's Worldwide Cost of Living Survey 2021

Affordable capital city

Perth is one of Australia’s most affordable capital cities (Worldwide Cost of Living Survey 2021, Economist Intelligence Unit)

40% discount on public transport

International students in Perth receive a Western Australian Government-sponsored 40 per cent discount on all public transport