Meet Perth

As the thriving capital of Western Australia, Perth is a safe, prosperous and cosmopolitan city set against the stunning backdrop of the Indian Ocean. It is the perfect place to study.

With its thriving employment opportunities, amazing food and entertainment options and great weather, it’s no surprise that Perth has consistently ranked high among the world’s most liveable cities*.

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Most affordable major capital city in Australia

As an affordable alternative to other Australian capital cities, Perth offers a quality, international education at a lower cost**.

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A multicultural melting pot

Close to 200 nationalities make up the diverse population of multicultural Perth. With a wide range of community and religious groups and global cuisine options on street corners, it’s easy to feel like Perth is a home away from home! Read about local communities in Perth.

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Australia’s sunniest city

Visitors and locals alike are big fans of Perth’s reputation as Australia’s sunniest city. Take advantage of the outdoors and cycle alongside the picturesque banks of the Swan River or meander through King’s Park – one of the world’s largest and most beautiful inner city parks. Read more about Perth’s weather.

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A world-class entertainment venue

Experience the best of sport and entertainment at the deluxe 60,000 seat Optus Stadium. Curtin’s partnership with Optus Stadium means our students have a direct public transport link to the stadium as well as access to exciting work-integrated learning opportunities.

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Eat, drink & play

You can browse for fashion along the shopping malls, admire international superstars at the Perth Arena or sample delicious produce at the award-winning wineries that surround the city. Looking for a taste of home? Perth’s huge range of international dining options means you’ll be sure to find all your favourite foods. Check out some of the things you can do in Perth.

What Curtin international students say about Perth Lifestyle

The Western Australian economy

The Western Australian economy has been setting the benchmark for other Australian states for many years, thanks to its mining and energy sector, particularly the export of iron ore, gold and liquefied natural gas.

The continued international demand for these commodities has ensured economic growth above the national average.

WA’s economy is also underpinned by:

  • Agriculture – the second major export industry. Exported products include wheat, wool, meat and fish but also wine, ice cream and fine leather.
  • Services – mainly finance, insurance and property.
  • Tourism – WA’s beautiful natural environment, sunny weather and world-class facilities attract a wide variety of international and interstate visitors.
  • Shipbuilding and ocean-based industries, which use and protect the marine environment with new designs, materials and innovative technologies.

*The Economist Global Liveability Ranking, 2017

**The Economist Intelligence Unit, Worldwide Cost of Living Survey, 2017