Interested in heading to Australia’s sunniest capital city? Aside from enjoying the most sunshine each day out of all Australian capital cities, here are some other reasons why it’s a great idea to study in Perth.
1. Perth is a home away from home
Beautiful beaches, surrounding natural wonders, world-class educational institutions, a thriving nightlife and 3,000 hours of sunshine each year? It’s no surprise that Perth is currently one of the top twenty most liveable cities in the world. Perth’s climate is comfortably warm, operates in the same time-zones, and is only a direct flight away from major cities in Asia, as well as the Gulf States and Africa.
2. The city of Perth is absolutely beautiful
The cosmopolitan city of Perth is both refreshingly laid-back and excitingly vibrant. You’ll find 19 glittering beaches, beautiful harbours like Hillary’s Boat Harbour, lush green parklands (seriously, there are so many gardens) and a clean, bustling cityscape — all in the one place.
3. The day-trips and travel experiences just out of Perth are amazing
Sure, the Perth cityscape is beautiful, but if you’re hungry for even more adventure, there’s a lot to do outside the city. Seek out quokkas (tiny Australian wallabies) on idyllic Rottnest Island, explore spectacular limestone caves and historic lighthouses around Margaret River, wander through the fascinating desert sculptures at the Pinnacles, visit an underwater observatory or go dolphin-spotting at Busselton, or indulge in some wine-sipping at the beautiful Swan Valley. The area is famous for its gorgeous vineyards and delicious wine, cider and ginger beers.
4. Perth is considered Australia’s ‘education city’
Education really is at the heart of Perth. The city has not one, but five world-class universities and a variety of TAFE/vocational institutions to choose from, all with flexible study pathways. In fact, with so many universities and educational institutions scattered throughout, sometimes Perth can feel a little like a bustling, vibrant ‘student city’. That means you’ll have lots of support from both the local and international students studying around you.
5. You will receive a warm welcome
StudyPerth runs a Welcome Desk at Perth Airport to assist newly arrived international students. Once you touch down at the airport, follow the StudyPerth footprints to find the desk. You’ll receive smiles, support and a Welcome Pack to help you settle in.
6. There’s even an International Student Festival!
Perth hosts an International Student Festival at Elizabeth Quay, which celebrates the contributions of international students both starting and ending their study journeys. Initiatives like these make it clear that Perth highly values their international students. It’s a city that’s truly local, with a greater global perspective.
7. Western Australia is a leader in science and innovation
Universities in Western Australia are recognised world leaders when it comes to science and innovation. Those doing a science degree in Perth will have a diverse range of options to choose from, including specialisations such as Conservation Biology, Cyber Security, Physics, Marine and Freshwater Science, Mathematics, and Counter Terrorism. Perth universities are also well-known for their award-winning, state-of-the-art research facilities and specialist laboratories. That’s especially great for those studying plant ecology, analytical and environmental chemistry, molecular biology, freshwater and marine science, and geographic information systems.
8. Perth offers a rich tapestry of cultural experiences
In Perth, you don’t need to look far for arts, bars, pubs, theatre, live music, nightlife, festivals and colourful multicultural events. To give you an idea of how much Perth values its culture, there are over 255 events held annually. Look out for the fantastic Perth Festival each January and March, which features shows by both local and international artists. Also check out the Western Australian Museum, the Art Gallery of Western Australia, the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts and the State Theatre of Western Australia.
9. Employment in Perth is growing
Currently, the employment rate in Western Australia is sitting at 93.6%, which means there’s potentially a higher chance of finding part-time work. Plus, Perth is smaller, so there are less students vying for the same work placements. This may mean you get more opportunities to undertake more dynamic, hands-on jobs, even while you’re studying.
10. There’s delicious food and drink practically everywhere
Perth is a paradise for foodies. In fact, you could say it’s a city with excellent taste. Perth’s city laneways are home to trendy small bars, cafes and restaurants boasting a wide range of cuisines from around the world. In March and April each year, Perth celebrates its food culture during the Eat Drink Perth Festival. The festival holds over 115 events including cooking masterclasses, workshops and buffets across over 70 city venues.