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A Guide to the Best Suburbs to Live in Perth for Students

If you’re planning to come to Perth to study, you’re going to need a place to live!

Whether you plan on renting a room in a shared house, moving into student accommodation or finding an apartment yourself, you’re probably wondering where to start looking.

Perth is a sprawling, suburban city, with outer areas that are 30km away from the city centre. You can live in a house beside the beach, or you could try apartment living in cosmopolitan, central Perth. It’s really up to your needs, budget and preferences. 


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To help you make your choice, here’s our guide to the best suburbs to live in Perth for students, based on different criteria.

Cheapest suburbs for rent

Of course, as a student, you’re probably going to be on a budget and finding something affordable may be a priority.

According to 2018 real estate estimates, here’s a breakdown of the cheapest suburbs for renting a unit close to the city.


  1. Daglish: 4km from the CBD, $220 per week median rental price.
  2. Wembley: 7km from the CBD, $250 per week median rental price.
  3. Osborne Park: 8km from the CBD, $250 per week median rental price.


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Most exciting suburbs for young people

What’s the next most important thing about choosing a spot to live aside from affordable rent? Living somewhere that’s buzzing, of course! You want to have a life outside of study, and to go and enjoy a coffee or hangout in places where you can meet other students. Here are the top three happening suburbs in Perth right now.

Northbridge is Perth’s Soho, with a higher concentration of small bars than anywhere else in Perth. Wander down its graffiti laneways, and explore all the Thai, Indian, American, Vietnamese, Italian or other tasty global eateries along the way. If you feel like a cultural experience, pop in to one of the many galleries, theatres, bookstores or cinemas for a little inspiration.

Located just to the north of Northbridge and right on the banks of the Swan River, Mt Lawley has recently become one of Perth’s hot spots for a night out. It’s a multicultural neighbourhood with lots of boutique stores, wine bars and fancy hangouts where you can enjoy a cocktail or two. Plus, a visit to the Art Deco Astor Theatre is a must, where you can see bands or shows every weekend.


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Leederville, located just west of the CBD, is a hipster’s dream. You can find everything on the inner-city living menu there, from yoga classes to vintage emporiums. Oxford St is bustling with cafes, record stores and bookshops, not to mention plenty of cocktail bars and beer gardens perfect for a hot summer evening.

Beachside living

If you’re moving all the way to Perth from another country, why not go for a full Aussie experience and live near the beach? Imagine surfing before class in the morning! After all, you are moving to the sunniest city in Australia (147 sunny days, and 121 partly sunny days annually) so why not take advantage of this opportunity to live a beach lifestyle.

We’ve picked a few notable beachside spots, that aren’t too far away from the CBD.

Cottesloe is about 9km from the Perth CBD and a popular destination for visitors because of the beautiful Cottesloe Beach. Snorkelling, surfing and dining next to the ocean could become your regular activities in this bustling hot spot by the sea.

best suburbs to live in Perth

Scarborough is north-west of Perth CBD, flanked by Wembley Downs on the south and North Beach on the north side. If you get a place in any of these areas, you’ll enjoy access to all the stunning northern beaches, including Scarborough Beach, Trigg Beach, Bennion Beach, Mettams Pool and North Beach.

Fremantle is located on the coast, with a harbour that connects to the river. It’s notable for its own unique, art-meets-coast character. From being an industrial port and historical area, it has since become a vibrant centre for the arts. You can see lots of museums, galleries, and visit the Fremantle Markets, as well as going for a swim at South Beach.

Close to Perth CBD

If you want to stay close to the city centre, enjoy all the facilities such as the public library, and live a life where everything is within cycling distance, you’ll want to focus your search on these central suburbs:

  • Northbridge
  • Mount Lawley
  • West Perth
  • North Perth
  • Leederville
  • West Leederville
  • Highgate
  • Marylands
  • Subiaco
  • Burswood
  • Bayswater
  • Victoria Park
  • South Perth
  • Kensington

These leafy suburbs all flank the CBD and line the beautiful Swan River. In this vibrant inner circle, you’ll be able to cycle everywhere within half an hour or less.

Close to university

It can make your life (and time management) a whole lot easier if you’re living close to where you study. Here are the suburbs you should look at if your priority is to stay right next door (or on-campus) to Murdoch University or Murdoch Institute of Technology (MIT).

  • Murdoch – this is where Murdoch University is located and the site of your on-campus accommodation option Murdoch University Village.
  • Kardinya
  • Winthrop
  • Bull Creek
  • Coolbellup
  • Brentwood
  • Booragoon
  • Fremantle

Don’t forget, you can always rely on student services to help you out when it comes to finding student accommodation. See here to find out what accommodation options are available for students at MIT or Murdoch University.

Or see here to find out more about starting your journey to Murdoch University as an international student.


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