New to Perth

Western Australia is the largest of the Australian states covering about one third of the continent.

Perth, the Capital of Western Australia, situated near the coast on the Swan River, has a population of approx 1.5 million (2/3 of the state’s total population). It enjoys a warm, sunny climate with the hottest month being February when the daily temperatures have an average maximum of 30°C (with several days peaking at 40°C) and a minimum of 19°C. The coolest month is July when the temperatures range between 18°C maximum and 9° minimum (with some nights dropping as low as 0°C).The average annual rainfall of 880 mm occurs mainly between May and September.

Suburbs extending in a 40km radius of Perth have an extensive coastline with good beaches suitable for bathing and other areas providing great surfing. Parks and children’s playgrounds are spread throughout the suburbs. The area has excellent sporting facilities and clubs representing most sports.

Perth is a multicultural society, with its population drawn from all areas of the world.

Public Transport

Perth has a large public transport network incorporating trains and buses. Being opposite Curtin University means the Seminary is well serviced by public transport, particularly during University Semesters.

These include circle route 98 and 99 for many major centres and Bus routes 71, 72, 73, 75 (also Routes 100 and 101 between Canning Bridge Railway Station and Curtin University Bus Station and 883 from Perth Bus port).


Students wishing to seek part-time employment during their time in Australia will need to obtain a student work visa. These may be granted for up to 20 hours work per week. Application for a work visa is made after they have commenced studies in Australia.


Limited accommodation is available on campus at Vose prices starting from $200 per week. Other accommodation that may be available in the local area includes rooms in private residence, flats or private rentals. Rental in the area is approximately $100 – $200 per week for shared accommodation.

Cost Of Living

For basic living, without luxuries, a single international student living in Perth should be able to manage on AUD$1,500 – $1,700 per month. This does not include cost of tuition fees and books. Nor does it include costs for running a car or much in the way of entertainment expenses.

Students should budget for items such as:

  • Rent
  • Phone
  • Electricity
  • Water (may be included in rent)
  • Food, meals
  • Cleaning materials
  • Clothing
  • Transport (car or public transport)

Shopping Facilities

Shopping hours in Perth are generally:-

Monday to Friday 9.00am – 5.30pm

Saturday 9.00am – 5.00pm

Sunday* 11.00am – 5.00pm

(*Optional, check your local center)

Late night shopping

Thursday till 9.00pm in the suburbs (not Perth city).

Friday till 9.00pm in Perth city.


Western Australia has a 3-tiered educational system.

Primary School (ages 5 to 12)

Secondary School (ages 13 to 17)

Tertiary Education

Dependents of international students must enrol in either a government or non-government school and may be required to pay full fees. Tuition fees range from about $5,000-$15,000 per year for primary education and $8,000-$18,000 per year for secondary education


Overseas students are required to obtain Overseas Health cover insurance through Medibank Private prior to being granted a visa. Cost of this insurance is approximately $400 for a single person ($800 per family) giving access to a healthcare system that is one of the best in the world.


Please note: because Australia is an island and relatively free from pests and diseases it has strict quarantine laws. Food or plant materials may not be brought into the country. Any food or plant material must be declared to customs on entry.

Further Information

More detailed information about services available to International Students may be found on various websites, including: