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Welcome to Perth

We can’t wait to welcome you to our beautiful city where everyone belongs.

Moving to a new city, in a new country can be both exciting and daunting. Luckily, we are here to point you in the right direction. Check out our guide below.

1. Before you leave

Have you received your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) from your Western Australian education provider of choice and confirmation of your student visa? 

Congratulations! It’s time to start planning your trip to Perth.

We recommend searching for your perfect student accommodation well in advance.

Check out important Visa Information and read our Student Stories to hear what students love about life in Perth.

Plus, to make your journey as easy as possible, we’ve put together a helpful Pre-departure Checklist with the must-have items you need to travel.

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Did you know there are strict biosecurity laws in Australia?

This is to protect our unique flora and fauna by minimising the risk of pests and diseases entering the country.

For a clear list of what you can and cannot bring into Australia, check out the Australian Government's website.

2. When you arrive in Perth

We understand how tired you can be getting off a long flight in a new country, so we’re here to make you feel welcome from the moment you step off the plane. Our Welcome Service ensures you’ll have the support and resources you need to easily settle into your new city.

Plus, getting to and from the airport has never been easier, thanks to Perth’s newest train line. Providing a fast connection from Perth Airport, you’ll be in the Perth CBD in only 18 minutes! Unlike many other cities around the world, there is no airport surcharge for this service. Fares are capped at just $5.  Trains operate every 12 minutes in peak time, every 15 minutes during the day and every 30 minutes at night. Download a copy of the Airport Line Timetable.

Certain education providers also provide an airport pickup service. Be sure to check with your education provider ahead of time to see if they offer this service.

If you prefer to take a taxi or use a rideshare service, those are additional options available to you.

Once you arrive in Perth, the first few things you'll want to do are:

  • Get a SmartRider card

This will let you get around on public transport easily with an automatic 10% discount. Not sure where to purchase one? Find a list of locations here. Remember to activate your student discount as well, which entitles you to even more discounted fares.

  • Open a bank account

You will need an Australian bank account to start earning money from your Australian employer. Ensure that you bring photo identification, proof of Australian address, and proof of enrolment. After signing up, you will be provided with access to a day-to-day account and an online savings account and receive a debit card (often via mail).

Confused about the following terms? Let us explain:

ATMs (Automated Teller Machines): ATMs are electronic devices where you can do banking tasks like withdrawing cash, checking balances, and depositing money without going to a bank branch.

Contactless payments: Contactless payments allow you to make transactions without swiping or inserting a card. You can use a contactless-enabled card or a mobile device with NFC technology to pay by simply holding it near a payment terminal.

PayID: PayID is a system that links your bank account to a unique identifier like your mobile number or email address. It replaces the need to share your account details when making or receiving payments, making transactions easier and more secure.

  • Set up your Internet and phone plan

Prepaid SIM cards: Option for smartphone Internet access, with a set amount of data and credit that can be recharged as needed. Easy and flexible, Prepaid offers no contracts and allows you to recharge with data, text, and local and international calls. 

Broadband plans: High-speed Internet for your home, offered by ISPs with different speeds, data allowances, and prices. 

Mobile data plans: Internet access on your smartphone or device, with specific data allowances for browsing and streaming.

Plans offer better value but come with a contract. Most providers offer month-to-month options with the ability to include a new phone as part of the plan. Consider factors like data limits, speed, coverage, and pricing when choosing a plan. When heading to a phone shop like Vodafone, Optus or Telstra, be sure to ask about any offers or student discounts! You’ll need to bring an Australian bank statement or rental agreement, your student visa details and proof of identity (e.g. your passport).

To help get you connected straight away, you will receive a FREE Optus mobile SIM Card (with free data and calls) at the StudyPerth Airport Welcome Service. Once you've used up that data, you could top it up or set up something else more long-term, e.g. a phone plan.

Just moved into your new home? Be sure to:

  • Notify your bank, employer, education provider and OSHC provider of your residential address

As per your student visa, you will need to update your education provider with this information within 7 days of your arrival in WA.

  • Get to know your local area and council

Research where your nearest supermarket, medical centre, public transport stops and more are located.

We suggest that you learn about waste disposal and recycling in your area as well as what local events and clubs you can join.

You might also like to join your local Buy Nothing Facebook group, where furniture and other household items are given away for free.

  • Think about home and contents insurance

You might like to look into home and contents insurance in the event of theft or damage.

3. While you're settling into your new home

We’re here to give you the support and guidance you need to feel at home in Perth: