Cost of Living

There are many reasons why Perth has been rated one of the top 10 most liveable cities in the world for the past 13 years.

We offer world-class education courses, a warm sunny climate, a relaxed laid-back lifestyle and a vibrant economy, with adventure and new discoveries right on your doorstep. Not to mention, our city also has some of the lowest living expenses in Australia for international students.

The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Worldwide Cost of Living Survey 2017 ranked Sydney as the 14th most expensive city in the world, Melbourne as the 15th, Brisbane as the 31st and Perth as the 49th – hailing Perth as one of Australia’s most affordable cities.

You'll find that day-to-day living costs in Perth for international students are a lot cheaper than other major cities in Australia (and worldwide), making it one of the most affordable destinations to study in.

To get a better idea of average costs, check out this handy Cost of Living Calculator by Insider Guides!

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The cost of housing depends on the kind of accommodation you are after. Before you arrive in Perth, we recommend researching which area of Perth you would like to live in, the type of accommodation you would prefer and the various costs. 

Find out more here!

When it comes to getting around Perth, public transport allows students to travel cheaply or for free. As an international student, you wil receive a 40% discount on all public transport throughout Western Australia.

See other transport options here!

Like anywhere, the cost of food and entertainment greatly varies depending on your preferences. However, as a student in Australia, you are entitled to student discounts on things like movie tickets and purchases in various restaurants and stores.

Perth also hosts numerous free and ticketed events throughout the year. These events include sports, food, art, culture and more! See the Visit Perth website for an up-to-date schedule of events happening in and around Perth.