Universities in Perth - QS Best Student Cities Ranking | Top Universities

Study in Perth

User Image

Staff Writer

Updated Feb 05, 2024



Perth main image

Perth for students

With an enviable lifestyle and globally esteemed universities, Perth attracts students from all over the world.

Perth is regularly ranked in the top 10 of the world’s most liveable cities. This explains why it achieves high scores for desirability as well as student mix, both of which are ranked within the top 30.

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 enjoys an idyllic climate and access to some of the most stunning beaches and parkland you will ever see.

It’s not only the world’s sunniest capital city but also boasts the most restaurants per head of population in the world. While Perth’s employer activity score is lower compared to other Australian cities, there are many opportunities for employment in Western Australia’s powerhouse resources sector and through growing technology industries.

This year, Perth claims four of the top universities in the QS World University Rankings®, including the University of Western Australia (UWA) which is among the top 100 universities in the world. 

Best universities in Perth - QS Best Student Cities ranking: 34th

More about Perth

Four top universities are located in Perth. The best of these is UWA, ranking 90th in the most recent QS World University Rankings. Perth earns a high score in the desirability indicator, due to the high quality of live enjoyed by its residents. Perth's lowest score this year is for affordability, due to high tuition fees.  

Number of universities ranked by QS


Highest-ranked institution

University of Western Australia (UWA) (90th)



Average international fees (at ranked unis)


Desirability rank


Employer Activity rank


Affordability rank


Student View rank


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

Why study in Perth?

High quality of living 

Perth earns its highest scores in the desirability indicator and the student view indicator, ranking 23rd and 50th respectively.

Beautiful natural landscapes

With 12,000 kilometres of coastline and vast diverse landscapes, Perth has an undeniable beauty.

World class education

Home to four excellent universities, Perth's highest entry is University of Western Australia (UWA) ranking 90th globally

Cost of studying in Perth 

Perth's high university tuition fees contribute to its low score for affordability this year. The average annual cost of tuition is US$22,900 for international students studying in Perth.

A single person living in Perth is estimated to need around £710 per month for general living expenses, plus an additional £800 for rent on a single bedroom apartment. 

Life & culture in Perth

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 world's most stunning beaches and parkland.

If you fancy a break from the sun, there's plenty of indoor cultural activities to enjoy, with festivals, art galleries, theatres, comedy clubs and cinemas. In the evening, students can take advantage of the city's bars, pubs and clubs, dotted around the city. Perth is also popular amongst foodies, with a multicultural mix of food available across its numerous restaurants and food halls. 

This year, Perth 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”, while another praised the city’s “environment and lifestyle”

Careers in Perth

Although Perth only ranks 59th for employer activity, there are plenty of jobs available for students looking to stay in Perth after graduation.

Sectors hiring high numbers of graduates include education, retail, healthcare and social services. These areas have growing demand due to Western Australia's growing population.

+ 31 others
saved this article

+ 32 others saved this article