Living in Perth

The information on this page will help you get a feel for living in Perth, how to arrange accommodation, how much money you will need to support yourself (and any dependants), and where you can go to socialise and make friends.

It is a requirement of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection that, from 1 July 2012, prospective overseas students will need to demonstrate that they have access to finances to fund their living costs in Australia.

More information about studying in Australia is available from the Australian Government’s Study in Australia website:

• Study in Australia
• Living in Australia

Accommodation

There is a lot to consider when planning accommodation in a new country. The Australian Government’s Study in Australia website provides helpful tips about searching for accommodation.

Homestay

Homestay provides a cultural exchange between you and a local family or individual (called a host). You live as a guest in the host’s home. Unlike many other accommodation options you do not need to pay a bond, find furniture, sign a lease or search for a property.

Living in a supportive family environment, you are provided with a clean furnished room which includes items like a bed, desk, wardrobe, chair and a study lamp, access to bathroom and laundry facilities and meal services. Utilities (electricity, gas and water etc.) are also included.

Hosts offer ongoing support and can show you around the local area including nearby facilities such as banks, post office, shops and public transport.

CIC’s preferred homestay provider is Australian Homestay Network (AHN).

To find out more: www.homestaynetwork.org

For any general homestay inquiries, you may opt to contact them directly through this email address: perth@homestaynetwork.org

AHN students are covered by insurances and have a 24/7 emergency phone help. The minimum stay is four weeks.

Short Term Accommodation

After you arrive at Perth Airport you need to have a place to stay, even for a short time. Arranging short-term accommodation, at least for the first month, should give you enough time to settle in. Costs can vary depending on your budget. Utilities such as electricity, gas and water are usually included in most of these temporary accommodation arrangements:

Hotel standby rates – www.wotif.com
Perth information – www.citysearch.com.au
Temporary accommodation options –www.lonelyplanet.com

Long Term Accommodation

Private Rentals
As an international student you might prefer to stay at a private rental property. Consider the following when making your selection:
• find affordable and safe accommodation close to campus
• get access to a private rental database
• estimate the costs for bond, rent, utilities and maintenance
• understand your rights and responsibilities as a tenant.

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