Perth often feels like Australia’s ‘forgotten city’ for international students, especially when compared to Sydney and Melbourne. It might be time for a second look ….. here’s why many people are now saying that Perth is Australia’s best option for international students.
Perth is a beautiful city located on the western coast of Australia and is the capital of Western Australia. It is a vibrant and growing city with a rich cultural heritage and a thriving arts and cultural scene. Perth is also known for its great weather, stunning beaches, and outdoor activities. As an international student, you will find that Perth is a great place to live, study, and explore.
Support for International Students
Perth is a friendly and welcoming city, and there are many resources available to help international students adjust to life in Australia. Services such as the Study Perth Student Hub in Perth offer a wide range of activities and support, including counseling, career advice, and help with housing and immigration issues. There are also many student organizations and clubs, where you can meet other international students and make new friends.
Most of all the government of Western Australia has long understood the value that international students bring to the economy (particularly, like now, in times of serious labour shortages) and are far more supportive than other States in looking after students.
One of the best things about Perth is its cultural diversity. The city is home to a large number of immigrants from all over the world, and this has led to a rich international heritage. This means that you will have the opportunity to learn about different cultures and try a variety of international cuisines. The city is also home to a vibrant arts and cultural scene, with many galleries, museums, and theaters to visit.
Perth is a great place to study, with a number of world-class universities and colleges, and some of Australia’s leading English language schools. The universities in Perth offer a wide range of courses, from engineering and science to business and humanities – with the mining courses in particular regarded as Australia’s best. As an international student, you will have the opportunity to study with students from all over the world and gain a truly global education.
Affordable Cost of Living
Compared to other major cities in Australia, Perth has a relatively low cost of living. This makes it a great option for international students who are looking to save money while they study. You can find affordable housing, transportation (with concession fares for international students), and food options, and there are also many student discounts available to help you save even more. Once you get to know the city a little, you’ll find out about all the free buses and other ‘transport hacks’ that Perth offers (including the free loop bus that stops right outside the door of Lexis Perth City Campus)!
Perth is known for its great weather, and there are many outdoor activities to enjoy. The city is surrounded by beautiful parks and gardens, and there are many beaches to explore (Lexis students report that the beaches are the best part!). You can go swimming, surfing, hiking, or fishing, or simply relax on the beach and soak up the sun. Perth is also a great starting place to explore the natural beauty of Western Australia, with many national parks and conservation areas to visit. Even in just a few weeks stay, you can visit amazing attractions such as The Pinnacles, head down to Australia’s best wine districts at the Margaret River, ferry across to the stunningly beautiful Rottnest Island or simply head out East into the barren desert landscape.
Perth is one of the fastest-growing cities in Australia and is a hub for industry and commerce. The city is home to many large corporations, as well as a thriving small business community. This means that there are many opportunities for international students to find work while they study, or to start their own businesses. The critical labour shortage currently being experienced by Perth businesses (to the point that some restaurants and shops have been forced to close down) means that Lexis students are managing to find work within a couple of days of arrival, often with multiple offers from different companies. Any kind of hospitality skills are very highly regarded and in huge demand!
The area now known as Perth has been home to Indigenous Australian people for over 40,000 years. Today, the city is home to a significant Indigenous community, and there are many opportunities to learn about Indigenous culture and history. You can visit museums, galleries, and cultural centres, and attend events and festivals that celebrate Indigenous culture. We strongly urge our students to take the time to learn about Australia’s Indigenous heritage, and there’s no city better for this than Perth.
The waters off the coast of Perth are home to a diverse range of marine life, including whales, dolphins, seals, and many species of fish. There are several tour operators that offer whale-watching trips, and the beaches in the area are popular for swimming, surfing, and fishing. Whether you are a marine biology student or simply love the ocean, Perth is a great place to explore the underwater world. Try Rottnest Island as a great starting point to explore – you can snorkel straight off the beach.
There are few cities in the world that offer the combination of lifestyle benefits, access to work, a supportive immigration policy and quality of educational opportunities as Perth. It’s well worth serious consideration for your study in Australia!