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Living In Perth

Last but certainly not least on this guide to Australia’s capital cities is Perth. Featuring a wonderful climate and relaxed beachy lifestyle, it’s definitely worth considering when looking for somewhere to live. It may be a fair way away from the rest of Australia but that’s just how the locals like it. Another consistently warm city, Perth weather never dips too cold, peaking above 30ºC during summer and dipping to around 18ºC during winter.

Where to live

With a population of about 1.25 million people, Perth is the most isolated capital city in the world. Situated on the banks of the Swan River, the city’s CBD is relatively compact and the suburbs spread out from there.

In general terms, suburbs in the city’s north and west are considered to be the most desirable places to live. Perth has a large migrant population, in part because of the mining boom in the state’s north, with many British migrants in particular calling this city home.

Transport

Although Perth is quite an easy city to drive around, the best approach for new arrivals is to use public transport. Operated by Transperth, the city’s public transport system is generally considered to be both reliable and affordable.

Buses and trains are the modes of transport used, with trains being particularly effective to help commuters access outer suburbs. Holding a SmartRider card may help make your public transport journeys easier to manage.

Working life

Thanks to Western Australia’s immense natural resources, the ‘mining boom’ has brought many in the mining industry to Western Australia. If you’ve got skills in this sector, there may be job opportunities for you in this sector.

All of the other regular industries you’d expect to find in a large city can be found in Perth too, including tourism, manufacturing, financial services, healthcare, and information and communications technology. However, because of the size of the city, jobs might be slightly harder to come by than in Sydney or Melbourne.

Universities and educational institutions

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is a member of the Group of Eight and one of Australia’s leading educational institutions. It’s ranked as the 88th best tertiary education institution in the world.

There are plenty of other study options for Western Australian students, including Curtin University, Murdoch University, Edith Cowan University (ECU) and more. All of the major conventional areas of study are covered by these institutions.

Cost of living

Although Perth is generally quite an affordable place to live, certain goods and services can cost more due to the city’s remote geographic isolation. The resources boom has seen a sharp rise in house prices in recent years, although you might still be able to rent a one-bedroom apartment outside the city centre for around $1,452.43 per month.