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QS Best Student Cities ranking: 39th

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 among its overall population. Ranked 39th in the Best Student Cities 2018, Perth is the capital of Western Australia, and Australia’s fourth-largest city.

Lying way out on the western coast of the country – 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 scores for desirability as well as student mix.

Offering all the cultural, culinary and recreational attractions that you would expect of a state capital with a population of over two million, Perth also promises 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 your student years, Perth takes some beating.

Three universities in Perth are featured in the QS World University Rankings® 2018, the highest-ranked of which is the University of Western Australia (UWA) at joint 93rd in the world. 

Perth also achieved a top-50 score for student view, attracting praise from respondents to our student survey. One student summed up: “Perth is a beautiful, active city without being overcrowded or hectic. The people are very friendly.

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To find out how each of the above categories is calculated, view the methodology.

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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.