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Student life in Perth - Central Business District

Study in Perth

Perth is the capital of the State of Western Australia, and is considered the world's most isolated city. Perth has over 1.6 million inhabitants and a third of Western Australia's population lives in Perth. The nearest big city to Perth is Adelaide, which is over 2.000 kilometers away. Perth is in the same zone as 60% of the world's population, and is a natural multicultural gathering point. Naturally most of Perth's population is of English descent, but the city also has a high number of residents with Italian and Greek roots. In recent years many people from Singapore and Malaysia have settled in Perth

Student life in Perth

Studying in Australia is about more than just the study program itself, it is about experiencing a new culture, meeting new people and learning more about you. Perth is Australia's fourth largest city; it is known for its clear blue skies and white beaches, perfect for a relaxed and healthy lifestyle. Fremantle (Freo) har been a popular area among students for the last ten years, or so.

The fun side of university life in Perth

In Perth the living standard is high, and the city has been ranked by the Economist Intelligent Unit as one of the world's five best cities to live in. The well-developed transportation system, which is subsidized for students, makes it easy and comfortable to get around and experience the areas and nature around Perth.

Combine city life and beach life in Perth

Perth offers a warm climate all year round and the beautiful beaches are popular. If you want a break from city life in Perth, the city's surrounding area has much to offer. Along the coast there are small towns, idyllic beaches and stunning scenery. Perth is an excellent place to study if you want to combine city and beach life.

Beaches in and around Perth

Just a short ferry ride from Perth, feels a world away from city life. Rottnest Island was separated from the Western Australian mainland around 7,000 years ago when the sea level rose. The first records of human occupation of Rottnest Island date back more than 6,500 years, when the Nyungah Aboriginal people inhabited the area. Known to local Aboriginal people as Wadjemup, the island is of great spiritual significance to Aboriginal communities.Student life in Perth - Rottnest Island - a short ferry ride from PerthRottnest Island, a short ferry ride from Pert offers crystal clear water and white sand beaches.

Cottesloe Beach is one of the most popular of all Western Australia’s city beaches. It is located midway between the Perth central business district and the port of Fremantle in Perth’s western suburbs, only 15 minutes from the city centre. Cottesloe is renowned for its relaxed lifestyle and has been a popular seaside holiday destination for Perth locals for more than 100 years. Its village atmosphere and rich maritime heritage is sure to entice you to explore beyond its golden sands. It is also the perfect place to watch the sun set over the Indian Ocean while dining on fresh seafood. 

A few hours south of Perth you will find the small town of Margaret River, famous for its wine production. Also south of Perth is the small port town of Fremantle which is a popular resort for tourists and Perth's inhabitants. Other beautiful places are Monkey Mia and Shark Bay, north of Perth.

Study in Perth and visit beautiful Monkey MiaMonkey Mia north of Perth


6 free activities in Perth for students

In laid-back, liveable Perth the weather is wonderful and the beaches are beautiful. It is a sophisticated, cosmopolitan city full of bars, restaurants and cultural activities. Continue reading for some free activities in and around the city. 

1. Enjoy one of the biggest city parks - Kings Park
Enjoy Kings Park and the Perth Botanic Garden. Walk bushland trails, admire manicured gardens and stop at one of the various cafés in the area. Enjoy your studies or a cup of coffe with your new made friends in this giant garden.

2. Chill out or surf at Perth’s Best Beaches
Do not miss Perth’s beachside towns. Stop in Scarborough for coffee at funky cafés Wild Fig and Kinky Lizard before taking to the waves at Trigg and North Beaches. Closer to the city centre, watch the sunset across the waters of Cottesloe Beach, a great spot for picnics under shady Norfolk Pines.

3. The Pinnacles & Nambung National Park
Visit the Pinnacles desert when studying in Perth!It is not totally free, you will need a car or some other transport to explore this magnificant nature, but it is worth its travel. It is a true desert landscape in Nambung National Park with the original limestone formations, three hour's drive north of Perth. After experiencing the eerie Pinnacles, enjoy white beaches, coral reefs and the Lake Thetis in the area.

4. Art Gallery of Western Australia
Through the collection, associated programs, and stimulating exhibitions, gallery visitors are offered unique and exciting experiences of historic and contemporary Australian artists, as well as the art of the world. While the Art Gallery of Western Australia is free to visit, all visitors are asked to make a voluntary donation as you enter.

5. The Western Australian Museum
There are six museums located around Western Australia: Perth, Maritime, Shipwrecks, Albany, Geraldton and Kalgoorlie-Boulder. The museums take visitors on a journey through the state's natural history and cultural heritage, and feature a wide array of touring, long-term and internally developed exhibitions. Please visit the website of The Western Australian Museum for more information about themes and which exibitions that have no admission but a volontary donation.

6. Sunday Sessions
Do not spoil your Sundays in Perth when there are the Sunday Sessions to partake in! From beachside bars to bustling breweries with live music, street art, swim at the beach... You will have a lot of Sunday Sessions to chose from all around the city.

Student discounts in Perth

Did you know that with an ISIC student card you have more than 40.000 student discounts all over the world, and of course also in Perth. Download the free ISIC Benefits App to locate cool student benefits. Save money during your stay in Perth with ISIC. Read more about ISIC and purchase your card here.

Climate in Perth

Perth has a warm, dry Mediterranean climate, with warm (sometimes hot) summers and mild winters. The average temperature in December-February is 28°C, while it is 17°C in winter (June-August).

Average temperature ranges:

  • Summer (December to February): 27-31 °C (down to 15 °C at night)
  • Autumn (March to May) 21-29 °C (down to 12 at night)
  • Winter (June to August) 18-21 °C (down to 12 °C at night)
  • Spring (September to November) 20-25 °C (down to 9 °C at night)

Rent a car in Perth

As you probably know, Australia offers a lot to see and do. It is a great country to do road trips in to get life time experiences. Hit the roads in a cool and handy campervan in Australia, and travel with your accommodation and transport in one on your Down Under roadtrip! You can also just rent a car in Perth for the shorter trips. If you want to know more, have any questions or are ready to book, you just need to contact us

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