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About Perth

Perth, Western Australia: One of the world’s most liveable cities.

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As the capital city of one of the world’s most significant mining regions, Perth is rapidly growing in both population and economic prosperity. Perth has been consistently ranked in the top most liveable cities in the world with the state boasting one of the fastest growing economies in Australia. It is the only capital city in Australia where the beach, natural bushland, vibrant nightlife and ocean sunsets exist within 30 minutes of the CBD.

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

Perth shares the same time zone with countries like Singapore, Hong Kong, China and Malaysia. There is only a one-hour time difference between Perth and Indonesia, Thailand, Korea and Vietnam.

Western Australia is home to people from more than 190 countries, speaking approximately 270 languages and dialects and following more than 130 religious faiths. As one of the most diverse in all the states and territories you are sure to feel connected to your culturally background while studying.

What is the weather like in Perth? Perth experiences more hours of sunshine than any other capital city in Australia, contributing to fantastic outdoor activities and social opportunities...

Students can learn to surf, sail, water ski, kite surf or wind surf. Alternatively you can hike and cycle, stroll along the beautiful clean beaches and parks and enjoy the thriving cafe culture.

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 18-35°C in summer and 7-16°C in winter.

How much does it cost to live in Perth? 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.

What is the currency? The currency used in Western Australia is the Australian dollar (AUD).

There are six coins: $2 and $1 are gold; and 50c, 20c, 10c and 5c are silver. There are five notes: $100, $50, $20 $10 and $5.

How will I get around? Perth has a very reliable 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 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.

Perth also has a large and active cycle network, offering an attractive alternative to driving and public transport.

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Where is Curtin College in relation to the city? Curtin College is located approximately 6km from Perth CBD.

Curtin College is on campus at Curtin University and frequent buses from the Curtin University campus easily connect students with the city, local shopping outlets and a range of other nearby facilities.

Perth also has a large and active cycle network, offering an attractive alternative to driving and public transport.

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