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Living and Studying in Australia

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Living in Perth

Australian Technical College Western Australia is located in Perth Central Business District, conveniently walking distance from public transport. 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.

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 Rockingham in 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 32°C during the day and 19°C at night, Winter averaging at 18°C during the day and 10°C at night, and Autumn and Spring somewhere in between at averages of 23°C during the day and 14°C 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.

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Time Zone

Standard time zone: UTC/GMT +8 hours
No daylight saving
Time zone abbreviation: WST– Western Standard Time

Distance, Train/ Bus fare

ATCWA Perth main campus:


ATCWA Kitchen, 2324 Albany Highway, Gosnells (24 km) costs $2.30 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

(Rental Accommodation(unit/villa):
1 Bedroom (shared)$100-$250 pw
2 Bedroom (Shared)$150-$275 pw
Electricity$25 pw
Telephone (Landline)$15 pw
Medical$7 pw (based on Medibank current rates)
Public Transport$25 pw
Food$60 pw
Laundry$12 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
Schooling$108 pw
Cars$125 pw
Food$250 pw
Sport and Recreation$40 pw
Approx budget for a family of 4:$1100.00 pw

The Department of Home Affairs has financial requirements you must meet in order to receive a student visa for Australia. From 1st February 2018 the 12 month living cost is:

  • You – $20,290
  • Partner or spouse – $7,100
  • Child – $3,040