Words by Kate Hedley
Australia has a lot of pretty amazing cities, each with their own personality, features, and hidden gems. So we understand why international students hoping to come to Australia can feel a bit overwhelmed when it comes to choosing where to start their new lives. To help, we at Spiible have created, lets call them city profiles, for each of the major cities, to help you choose which city is for you. We hope this makes the decision a little bit easier!
The population of Perth continues to grow as more and more people decide to move their lives to our little corner of the country. And why wouldn't they? With the laid back, easy going atmosphere that radiates through the small city and out to the suburbs, once you get a taste of Perth, you won't be able to imagine living anywhere else.
Students will be welcomed to schools and universities with many other international students from all over the world. The institutions in Perth have very active social calendars and are excited to help build relationships between all students and staff. With optional parties, sport teams and leisure facilities, you'll feel right at home.
Perth has a public transport system that is envied by other cities, making it very easy to get around no matter where you’re heading. Our trains and buses are reliable and well maintained, and if you’re planning a day out in the city or Fremantle, there are the free CAT buses for you to ride through the day!
Weekends can be spent any way that you wish. Head down to the Swan River foreshore for a bike ride, or you can even hire a kayak. Take a stroll along any of the amazing white sandy beaches and sun bake the day away. To finish off, you can head to the breathtaking Kings Park for a picnic with amazing views looking out over the city and onto the river.
When Saturday night rolls around, if you feel like a drink, Perth will cater to all tastes. Along the main train line, you will find nightclubs with great music and big dance floors, small pubs with a calm atmosphere, and everything in between. You could even save it for the Sunday and take part in one of the many Sunday sessions happening in bars all over the city. Wind down with an afternoon cider, have a nice meal and it will wrap up at about 10pm; the perfect start to a new week!
And that’s just in the city! Did I hear someone say "road trip"? Drive a couple hours out in either direction and you will not be disappointed. Whether it be the wineries in Margaret River that are calling your name, or the natural marvel of the Pinnacles, just pick a direction and you will be amazed. Or there's always the short ferry ride across to Rottnest Island. Rottnest does not only have possibly the cutest native animals on the planet (Quokkas, look them up!) but it offers amazing snorkel spots, bike rides and beaches. Go across just for the day or make a trip of it, you won’t get sick of waking up to the smiling quokkas each morning.
We can always boast about the weather in Perth, even in the winter months, so don't get too discouraged if there are a few clouds in the sky, because it makes for an amazing show! Grab some fish and chips by the beach or get a great view from the many beachside pubs and restaurants to catch some amazing sunsets over the ocean.
For some of the best Australian experiences all in one location so you can soon be living like a true Aussie student, so look no further than Perth, WA!
If you have any questions about this, or about any aspect of studying in Australia, please don’t hesitate to ask! Feel free to ask questions below in the comment section, or email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are here to help!
Kate was a student at ECU Joondalup, with a real love of her home town of Perth.