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Living and Studying in Australia

Discover Perth, the capital city of Western Australia

Western Australia is the largest state in Australia, occupying an area of 2.5 million square kilometres, with a population of 2.3 million people. Its capital city, Perth, is situated on the banks of Swan River and surrounded by natural parklands and beautiful beaches, making it one of the world’s most beautiful cities.

Explore the attractions in the city by hopping onto one of the city’s free buses. Visit the Swan Bell Tower, the Perth Mint and the Art Gallery of Western Australia. Take a leisurely stroll through Kings Park and the Botanical Garden’s or ride a bicycle along the magnificent Swan River.

If you need retail therapy, head for the upmarket King Street, which is packed with brand stores, boutiques and international fashion houses. If you want to shop at departmental and fashion chain stores, proceed to the Murray Street and Hay Street Malls.

To catch up with friends after dusk, check out Northbridge, Mount Lawley, Leederville, Subiaco and Fremantle, with their buzzing nightlife.

If you are the active type, head towards the white sandy beaches, which are ideal for swimming and surfing. With over 80 kilometres of beaches, you will always be able to find the perfect spot to relax.

Slightly over one third of Perth’s residents were born overseas. Most international students find that Perth is a friendly place to study in. Perth has a low crime rate compared to other major cities, making it a safe destination for you.


Western Australia’s universities and numerous private and public institutions ensure that you will be able to find the perfect course to suit your needs.


Western Australia has huge deposits of metal ores and coal. Therefore, Western Australia has experienced high economic growth. Perth residents have some of the highest income in Australia. Western Australia continues to lead the nation in terms of economic growth and provides many job opportunities. 


Perth has a Mediterranean climate with warm, sunny weather for most of the year. With 3,000 hours of sunshine a year, Perth is also Australia’s sunniest capital city. Summers last from December to February and are generally hot and dry. Winters are from June to August and are relatively cool and wet.


Perth has an excellent and modern network of buses, trains and ferries. Metered taxis also operate throughout Perth. Within Perth, Fremantle and Joondalup city zones, bus services are free. Stanley College students are issued with a Tertiary SmartRider card, which will allow you to enjoy concession fares on public transport throughout Western Australia. 


In Perth, you will be able to find cuisines from nearly every country including Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Malaysian, Korean, Italian, Irish and Turkish cuisines. 


You must maintain adequate schooling arrangements for your school-age dependents who joined you in Australia for more than 3 months as part of your student visa application. Additional fees may be payable, school costs are approximately $8,000 per year (source: Department of Immigration and Border Protection)

For more information on schooling options, please refer to:

For the private schools in Western Australia  information can be obtained directly from:
Catholic Education Office of Western Australia: 
Anglican Schools of Western Australia:
Private Schools Directory:
Association of Independent Schools Western Australia:

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For detailed information on living in Australia, please visit

Study in Australia guidebook in Japanese:

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