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Six things to know before moving to Perth, Western Australia


    Studying abroad can be an exciting adventure, especially in a thriving city like Perth. Located on the coast of Western Australia (WA), Perth is famous for its beautiful beaches, welcoming locals, smiley quokkas and laidback lifestyle. It’s also one of the most affordable cities in Australia(opens in a new tab), has been ranked one of the world’s 10 most liveable cities(opens in a new tab), and is projected to become the nation’s third largest city by 2050!

    So if you’re thinking to yourself, “Should I move to Perth?” or “What should I expect if I study in Perth?” look no further! Here are six things you should know before moving to Perth as a TAFE International Western Australia (TIWA) student.

    You won’t need an umbrella

    Perth is proudly Australia’s sunniest capital city(opens in a new tab)! This means you can expect clear skies and warm weather throughout the year. During summer, you can enjoy outdoor activities like rooftop movies(opens in a new tab), snorkelling, hiking, kayaking, and days by the beach.

    Don’t want to be stuck in the library all day? No problem! All TIWA campuses feature relaxing outdoor areas so you can study while soaking up Vitamin D. With winter temperatures averaging between 8C—18C(opens in a new tab), you’ll still be able to enjoy activities outside. Be sure to pack some sunscreen, hats and long-sleeve shirts to stay sun protected.

    You can catch the CATs for free

    CAT(opens in a new tab) (Central Area Transit) services are buses you can catch free of charge. They operate in Joondalup, the Perth CBD and Fremantle.  If you’re an international student, CATs are an inexpensive way to visit popular tourist sites such as Kings Park and the Western Australia Botanical Garden(opens in a new tab), Elizabeth Quay, the Western Australian Museum(opens in a new tab) and much more! Most TIWA campuses have a CAT bus stop within walking distance - check the Transperth website for details(opens in a new tab).

    If you need help planning your journey, simply download the Transperth App(opens in a new tab). It will keep you informed on any CAT route changes or disruptions.

    Get a SmartRider

    SmartRider(opens in a new tab) is a reusable smart card that allows you to travel on public transport. All TIWA campuses are conveniently accessible by public transport so a SmartRider will be your best friend. It will spare you the hassle of buying a bus or train ticket every time you board public transport.

    Western Australia is huge

    WA is Australia's biggest state, and there’s so much to explore outside of Perth, but it will take time to do it all! Did you know that you can swim with dolphins in Bunbury(opens in a new tab)? Take in some of Australia’s most beautiful ocean views while hiking near Albany(opens in a new tab)? See a ‘staircase to the moon’ in Broome(opens in a new tab)? As an international student, you need to set time aside to truly discover this unique state.

    Plus, there are a number of TIWA campuses located around WA’s regional centres. If you find somewhere you really like on your travels, it could be your new home! With the Western Australian (WA) Regional TAFE International Student Bursary 2023–2024, there’s extra advantages to making the most of living and studying outside of the capital.

    You’ll spend a lot of time at the beach

    With beautiful, white sand beaches and clear, blue ocean so accessible, people in Perth spend a lot of time at the beach. Being able to visit the seaside so easily is one of the best things about living in Perth.

    If you’re studying outside of Perth, regional TIWA campuses like Geraldton and Bunbury have breath taking beaches within walking distance.

    Before going for a swim, make sure you’re across Australia’s water safety tips(opens in a new tab).

    Remember, left not right!

    The last thing you want to know before moving to Perth is that we drive on the left side of the road. So if you're cycling or walking to campus, make sure you don't end up on the wrong side of the road. If you’re ever in doubt before jumping on your bike, check the Department of Transport website(opens in a new tab) for details.

    There you have it! Six things you need to know before making your big move! We can’t wait to welcome you to sunny WA.

    If you’re interested in finding out more, you can contact TIWA for advice on how to navigate your study journey. Apply now!

    Last updated on December 18, 2023