Perth is an ideal place for students from anywhere in the world to feel at home. The large, friendly location has been named as one of the top ten cities in the world numerous times by the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Liveability Ranking. It was even ranked the second most friendly city in the world by Condé Nast in 2017.
There are over 200 different nationalities in Perth. Approximately 35% of the population was born outside of Australia. Over 170 languages are spoken and there are more than 100 different religions practiced – so there is plenty to accommodate for everyone.
From music festivals to weekend markets there are countless unique and unforgettable activities to enjoy, and students who love being in nature are in luck – the city is fully enclosed by the Indian Ocean and Australian outback.
Many international students are drawn to Perth because of its low cost of living. It ranked among the top 50 in the 2017 Economist Intelligence Unit’s Worldwide Cost of Living Survey, and is by far one of the cheapest Australian cities to live in. Public transport is inexpensive and students can enjoy a range of discounts when shopping or dining out.
The city is also very safe. Surveillance cameras can be found on most modes of transport and police safeguard the train network overnight. If students love swimming in the sea they can be assured that there are lifeguards overlooking beaches during summer seasons. And if they find themselves in an emergency situation, all they need to do is free-call ‘000’ to be connected to emergency services.