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Living and Studying in Australia
Living in Perth
Australian Technical College Western Australia is located in Armadale, at about 30km from Perth Central Business District. Perth is the capital and the largest city of Western Australia and the fourth most populous city in Australia, with an estimated population of 1.97 million as of 30 June 2013.
Perth is part of the South West Land Division of Western Australia, the majority of the metropolitan area of Perth is located on the Swan Coastal Plain, a narrow strip between the Indian Ocean and the Darling Scarp, a low coastal escarpment.
The first areas settled were on the Swan River, with the city’s central business district and port (Fremantle) both located on its shores. Perth is formally divided into a number of local government areas, which themselves consist of a large number of suburbs, extending from Two Rocks in the north to Rockinghamin the south, and east in land to The Lakes.
Weather & Seasons
Perth enjoys a temperate climate with hot dry Summers and mild wet Winters. There are definitely four different seasons in Perth, with the Summer months averaging at 32oC during the day and 19oC at night, Winter averaging at 18oC during the day and 10oC at night, and Autumn and Spring somewhere in between at averages of 23oC during the day and 14oC at night. Lightweight clothes are needed in Perth for Summer but Winters are cool and medium weight jumpers/sweaters and an overcoat or warm raincoat would be advisable. Australians as a rule are informal in their dress and aim to be comfortable.
Standard time zone: UTC/GMT +8 hours
No daylight saving
Time zone abbreviation: WST– Western Standard Time
Distance, Train/ Bus fare
Perth CBD to College main campus, Armadale
(approx. 30 kms): $2.50 (one way)
Australia’s sunniest capital city, Perth enjoys 3000 hours of sunshine a year and locals here enjoy a relaxed outdoors lifestyle. This climate simply lures locals and visitors to enjoy the city’s vast range of outdoor activities – from a relaxing picnic in a parkland setting to more energetic pursuits, such as jogging on the beach or wind surfing on the Swan River and the Indian Ocean. It is famous for its sunny weather, popular beaches and relaxed lifestyle. There are a variety of shops, weekend markets, and pubs and clubs. In addition to the excellent ocean foreshore, Perth contains several parks and reserves. Its Park offers a variety of sporting opportunities, including football, squash, lawn bowls, tennis and cricket.
The cost of living in Perth will depend on your lifestyle. If you are living in homestay accommodation, most of your meal costs are covered by your weekly fee. If you are living in shared accommodation, you are likely to pay anywhere from $150-$250 per week for rent, and food cooked at home will be at least an additional $60 per week. You should allow at least $8 a day for your lunch. The cost for eating out ranges from about $8 for a hamburger and chips to about $40 a head in a budget restaurant. A glass of beer is approximately $5 and a bottle of wine can be purchased for about $15. A ticket to the movies costs about $12-$15, but may be as little as $7.00 with a discount. A local telephone call is 50 cents.
The following information provides an indication of what living expenses are associated with residence in Perth. Renting can range from $300 – $450 plus per week depending on the area, location, furnished or unfurnished.
Approximate cost of living for a single person
|1 Bedroom (shared)||$100-$250 pw|
|2 Bedroom (Shared)||$150-$275 pw|
|Telephone (Landline)||$15 pw|
|Medical||$7 pw (based on Medibank current rates)|
|Public Transport||$25 pw|
|Other||$50 pw (clothing, toiletries, entertainment)|
|Budget per week for a single person:||$350 – $400|
Approximate cost of living for a family (4 people)
|Rent||$300 – $450 pw|
|Other Housing costs||$119 pw|
|Sport and Recreation||$40 pw|
|Approx budget for a family of 4:||$1100.00 pw|
Department of Immigration and Border protection (DIBP) asks you to show that you have $18,610 a year for your living expenses. If you are coming with family members, for DIBP purposes you must show an extra $6515 a year for a spouse, $3720 for a first child and $2790 for each additional child.