If you’ve committed to living in Perth but haven’t decided exactly where to set up house, you might want to consider living right in the inner city. From shops and restaurants right on your doorstep to better public transport options, there are a few fantastic reasons to live in inner-city Perth.

Diversity at heart

Central Perth has undergone a serious refresh in recent years. The recently completed Yagan Square is a bustling hub between the centre of Perth and culturally diverse Northbridge and is full of gourmet food halls, incredible sculptures and interesting architecture. Elizabeth Quay is another spot going through massive development that boasts food truck nights, live music, and inclusive events. The Western Australian Museum in the heart of the Perth Cultural Centre is also currently in the middle of an exciting redevelopment, set to open in 2020.

Perth is experiencing an awesome evolution to reflect and serve its multicultural community, and you get to be part of it.

Never a dull moment

If clubs, bars and laneways are your thing, Perth city is speaking your language. Northbridge is an icon of Perth’s nightlife, while throughout inner-city Perth you can find classy bars tucked away for special occasions. Pop-up bars, open-air cinemas and esplanade events happen throughout spring, summer and autumn, too.  

Shop till you drop

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Perth has a mixture of open-air and undercover malls sure to satisfy any shopping-lover. Most major brands have a flagship store in central Perth so you can find everything you need in or near the city. From clothes and accessories to food and convenience goods, Perth has it all within walking distance.

If vintage stores, independent retailers and local brands are more your style, there’s so much to chose from in the city. Finding your favourites is half the fun!

Safety first

Perth has an incredibly low crime rate, and central Perth has a buzzing community of people who look out for each other. The city is well lit, encourages responsible behaviour, and has a dedicated community police force within easy reach. It’s common to see everyone out enjoying themselves in and around the city, so you can work and play without a worry.

Go your own way

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If you don’t want to buy a car during your time in Australia, central Perth is the place to live. Trains in Perth are some of the cleanest and safest in the country, and student rates mean you can travel regularly for a fraction of the price (in fact, students get 40% off all Transperth services!). Most universities are less than 30 minutes by train from Perth station, with services running regularly and on time. If the train doesn’t reach your exact destination, cycle paths and buses are everywhere.

At Elizabeth Quay, you’ll find the ferry service that takes you across the river to beautiful South Perth and the incredible Perth Zoo. Otherwise, you can take the ferry down to Fremantle for a day-trip, or over to Rottnest Island for a proper island getaway.

Student central

Central Perth and Northbridge have large, friendly student communities from both Australia and abroad. You’ll be living in the centre of the action, where most places offer student discounts or special student nights for you to take advantage of.

Job fair

If you’re looking to supplement your living expenses, living in the city gives you direct access to finding a job. Taking on a part-time or casual job can not only give you an extra source of income, but it can also be a handy way to meet people and learn a bit more about your new home. Some universities offer job seeker services, but living in the centre of the city will help you find more opportunities than in the suburbs.

Mix it up

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While studying might be your main reason for moving to Perth, it’s helpful to think about what you’d like to do when you have free time. From the centre of Perth, you have easy access to stunning Kings Park, miles of beautiful river, white sand beaches, and unlimited possibilities to explore and adventure far and wide. Less than 30 minutes from the airport, it’s easy to catch a flight home, welcome friends and family from overseas, or take an exotic trip.

Up and coming

It’s fair to say that Perth hasn’t always been the prime destination it is now. Previous criticism has caused Perth to innovate, resulting in a huge increase in public events, arts and culture initiatives, live music concerts, festivals, markets, interactive community projects, and one of the largest fringe festivals in the world. Living next door to the Perth Cultural Centre puts you in the perfect position to get involved.

Wellness warrior

Successful study is all about balance, and Perth is one of the healthiest cities in Australia. With a balmy climate almost year-round, you can run near the river, walk in the park, cycle through the suburbs, swim in the sea, or take yourself along to one of the many yoga studios, pilates instructors, gyms, personal trainers, or pools dotted all over the city. The choice is yours!

Hero image courtesy of City of Perth. Body images courtesy of Tourism Western Australia.

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