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About Perth

Perth shares the same time zone as Singapore, Hong Kong, China and Malaysia. There is only a one-hour time difference between Perth and Indonesia, Thailand, Korea and Vietnam. As a major gateway to Asia, numerous daily flights depart from Perth directly to a number of Asia’s major centres. The City of Perth is proud to be home to people from Asia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East, with each community contributing to Perth’s fascinating cultural diversity.

A safe, clean and affordable city, Perth offers a healthy, relaxed environment where students feel welcome and are able to excel in their studies.

Can I work part-time while studying?

As a city of growing opportunity, Perth is experiencing a period of rapid economic expansion. The city boasts a strong, stable economy and historically has one of the lowest unemployment rates of all major Australian cities. Western Australia is a state renowned for its mining exports and provides a substantial proportion of the world’s natural resources, which are a major contributor to the overall wealth and prosperity currently being enjoyed by West Australians.

In line with Western Australia’s burgeoning economy, you may be able to take advantage of a number of part-time work opportunities. Students are allowed to work up to 40 hours per fortnight during study periods and unlimited hours during holidays. Students may find work in shopping precincts near the campus and in other areas around the city. Opportunities may include positions in restaurants, supermarkets, cafés, shops, cinemas and occasionally on the Curtin University campus itself.

What’s the weather like?

Perth’s climate is best described as mediterranean. In addition to its warm, pleasant summers and cool winters, Perth experiences more hours of sunshine than any other capital city in Australia. Students will need lightweight clothing to remain cool in summer and appropriate warm clothing for winter. Perth has four seasons – summer (December to February), autumn (March to May), winter (June to August) and spring (September to November). Average temperatures range from 18-30°C in summer and 7-16°C in winter.

How much does it cost?

The affordable cost of living in Perth makes the city an attractive place in which to live and study. The Australian government advises that a single person living in Perth should allow for at least AUD$350 per week to cover living expenses, including accommodation, clothing, transport, food, entertainment and textbooks. Please note that airfares and tuition fees are in addition to the advised cost of living. Please refer to for further information.

How do i get around?

Perth has a reliable and sophisticated public transport system. The city’s network of trains and buses enable students and new arrivals to get around quickly and cheaply. The West Australian government offers international students a 40 per cent discount on all public transport within the Perth metropolitan area, a unique advantage when considering Perth as a study destination. Curtin College is located approximately 6km from the Perth CBD, and frequent buses from the Curtin University campus easily connect students with the city, local shopping outlets and a range of other nearby facilities.

For more information, view the City of Perth website.