People of more than 200 different nationalities live, work and study here, speaking 170 languages and practicing more than 100 religions. Of all the states and territories, Western Australia has the highest proportion of people born overseas.
In terms of quality of life comparative to the cost of living, Perth offers a very comfortable lifestyle, often ranking as one of the most liveable places in the world.
Most people making the move to Australia want to know what their expenses will be when they make the move here. As everyone’s standard of living is different, this is a difficult question to answer. It certainly pays to do lots of research. You should carefully consider all the costs involved when applying to study at university in Australia.
Tuition fees are not your only expense – you will need to find accommodation, consider travel expenses, purchase books, pens, paper, and think about food and entertainment.
The annual cost of living depends on your lifestyle and the type of accommodation you choose. University Hall offers the most affordable living option for students looking to study at The University of Western Australia.
More information can be found on the Government of Western Australia’s migration website.
Make sure you bring your:
- airport pickup confirmation email
- current academic transcripts of tertiary studies (Study Abroad/Exchange Students)
- UWA documents – Offer letter and Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE)
- prescriptions for any regular medication
- medical history
- driver’s licence
- credit or debit card.
Clothing to bring:
- in summer, lightweight clothes, sandals or runners are sufficient.
- in winter, heavier weight clothing, including woollen jumper/sweater, winter coat or waterproof jacket, is recommended.
- in spring and autumn, jeans with a lightweight jacket or jumper should be sufficient.
- generally, the cost of clothing and footwear in Australia is comparable to western countries but more expensive than Asian countries. However, it is possible to find bargains during sales in the larger stores.
- don’t forget to bring sportswear, swimwear and a hat for summer!
Personal items to bring:
- alarm clock
- sewing kit
- bath towel
- bathrobe, pyjamas and home wear clothes
- closed shoes, sport shoes, sandals/other casual footwear
- dictionary (Macquarie and Oxford are used in Australia)
- hair-dryer, shaver (may need adaptor for 240 volts)
- iPod, MP3, CD player
- spare pair of spectacles and/or contact lenses and a current prescription
- trousers, shirts, t-shirts, shorts, undergarments and socks
- woollen jumper, jacket or coat
The University of Western Australia provides a range of programs and orientation sessions for international students to prepare for their move to Perth.
All international students are required to enrol and attend these sessions upon your arrival to Perth. For more information click here.