Living and studying in Perth

Perth WA summary

The best of all worlds

Perth is the ideal place to find your dream lifestyle in a safe yet exciting city.

You can watch or participate in many sports including football, rugby, golf, tennis, swimming, surfing, horse riding or cricket. If that is not for you, there is the option to; relax on picturesque beaches, sample international cuisines, walk in beautiful parks or experience the many outdoor cinemas, theatres and cultural festivals. There is a wealth of things to enjoy during your studies in Perth.

  • In the top 10 most liveable cities in the world*
  • 19 white sand beaches
  • Over 400 hectares of manicured gardens and natural bushland at Kings Park
  • 3,000 hours of sunshine per year

*The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Survey 2014

Something for everyone

Clean and cosmopolitan, warm and friendly – Perth is the perfect sized city and the fourth largest in the country. It is the capital of Western Australia. Here you’ll find all of the excitement of a major urban destination, from pavement cafés, great places to eat and various shops to museums, art walks and outdoor cinemas.

Despite its lively urban charm, this Aussie (Australian) city still manages to offer the kind of welcome you’d expect to receive from an old friend. Perth’s pleasant climate – with an average of 3,000 hours of sunshine each year – is one more reason to choose The University of Western Australia.

Incredible natural landscapes

Perth offers you many beautiful spaces in which to think, breathe in fresh air and relax. The city is home to Kings Park and the Botanical Garden, one of the world’s largest inner-city parks, and its surroundings include one of Australia’s oldest conservation areas.

Close to the city you’ll find 19 incredible beaches that are great for all kinds of activities, from swimming and surfing to sailing and windsurfing. You’ll quickly understand why the whales love it so much around here! Back inland there are lots of incredible natural landscapes, which are ideal for hiking. Don’t forget to pack your picnic.

Get prepared for the career you want

Over the past several years, UWA graduates have consistently been the best at gaining fulltime employment in Australia when compared to graduates from other Western Australian universities. Graduates have matched or exceeded national graduate employment rates.*

Practical experience for a career head start

UWA faculties have forged strong industry partnerships with many organisations to give you practical, real-world experiences alongside a strong theoretical education. This hands-on learning approach makes UWA graduates highly valued and sought out by employers.

Learn from research experts and professional mentors

UWA’s Career Mentor Link gives you a unique opportunity to learn from professionals who work in the job you want. The initiative matches you to a suitable mentor so you can learn from their industry knowledge and career experience. Add that to the knowledge and experience of UWA’s expert teaching and research staff, and you have an incredible support network ready to help you become a well-rounded, work-ready graduate.

Join UWA’s global alumni network

When you graduate from UWA, you’ll gain access to a prestigious global network of former students. Throughout its rich history, UWA has launched the careers of 108,000 successful graduates, 12,000 of whom live overseas across 100 different countries.

Perth gives you access to major organisations

Over 830 Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) listed companies have chosen to locate their head office in Perth – more than any other capital city in Australia. Perth’s Central Business District is just a short bus ride away from the UWA campuses, giving students access to a wide range of possible future employers.

*Based on Graduate Destinations Survey 2013 results

You’ll join the University community from day one

As a Foundation Program or Diploma student, you’ll be a part of The University of Western Australia from day one. This means you can join the Student Guild, which gives you access to over 125 clubs and societies. University sports teams play on the fields at the Claremont campus, which is where you’ll be based.

Make the most of your time at UWA

Lunchtime clubs, river cruises and parties are all organised on the Claremont campus, so you’ll have no problem finding time to make friends and enjoy your surroundings in between your studies. Perth offers the perfect environment to build friendships and networks with students from all over the world, including Australia.

Explore Western Australia during your study breaks

It’s really important to work hard during your time at Taylors College Perth and UWA, but you should also make time for breaks from study. After all, breaks are essential to your wellbeing. Take the opportunity to explore the vibrant City of Perth and its incredible natural surroundings.

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Public transport

Free within the Perth, Fremantle and Joondalup city zones

40% student discount throughout the rest of WA

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Perth International Arts Festival

Be inspired by one of the longest running annual celebrations of culture and creativity in Australia.