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QS Best Student Cities ranking: 30

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With an enviable lifestyle and globally esteemed universities, it’s little surprise that Perth has one of the world’s most internationally diverse student bodies, as well as a relatively high proportion of students relative to its population.

The capital of Western Australia, Perth is Australia’s fourth largest city. Lying way out on the other west of the continent – more than 2,000 miles from the likes of Sydney and Melbourne – Perth has also been described as one of the world’s most isolated cities.

It’s a good job, then, that it is also one of the world’s most desirable places to live, getting high ratings for quality of living. With all of the cultural, culinary and recreational attractions that you would expect of a state capital with a population of over 1.5 million, Perth also offers an idyllic climate and access to some of the most stunning beaches and parkland you will ever see.

The downside to Perth’s isolation comes in a lower score than other Australian cities for employer activity, perhaps reflecting the sheer distance that separates it from many of the country’s graduate recruiters. However, as a living environment in which to spend three or four years as a student, Perth takes some beating.

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QS ranked universities*:

University of Western Australia (UWA); Curtin University; Murdoch University

More about Perth

Number of universities ranked by QS*


Top ranked institution

University of Western Australia (84th in the world)



Average university fees


Mercer Quality of Living rank


Mercer Cost of Living rank


Cost of a Big Mac**


Cost of an IPad***


*Universities assessed within the QS World University Rankings®.

**Based on the Big Mac Index, published by the Economist Intelligence Unit.

*** Based on the iPad Index, published by Commsec.

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Perth is not the most isolated city. We are in fact the gateaway to Asia, providing students with exciting opportunities for combining travelling while studying. Calling Perth isolated perpetuates a misconception and does not make justice to WA proximity to Asia.
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