How much does a month in Perth cost?

International student, Abby, shares her budgeting and cost of living tips.

14 December 2023

An aerial shot of Perth city at dusk

Hello, everyone! I'm Abby, and I come from Malaysia.

As an international student here in Perth, I understand that managing your budget and living expenses is a common concern. So, I'm excited to share my insights on budgeting with all of you, especially for our potential future students.

If you're thinking about studying in this stunning city, it's essential to plan your budget wisely. Let's dive into the costs  associated with an international education in Perth. 


Accommodation takes up the largest portion of my budget. Costs vary based on your preferences, but on average, renting a one-bedroom apartment in the city center will range from $350 to $450 per week. If you are on a tighter budget, I highly recommend a shared house near your campus, which can cost between $170 to $250 each week. 


Food expenses in Perth range from budget-friendly to luxurious. Dining out at restaurants could cost between $20-$60per meal. To save money, consider cooking your meals, with grocery costs averaging around $200 to $300 per month. 

Two breakfast dishes on a cafe table. One is acai and the other is eggs and halloumi .

Indulging in a brunch like this in Perth, with an approximate price range of $20 to $30 per person. 

International students enjoying lunch with a river view

Birthday celebration with my friends at DoubleTree by Hilton Perth, with an estimated price of around $150 for four people without alcohol. 


Perth boasts an efficient and popular public transportation system, Transperth. Our student-friendly public transport system provides a 40 per cent discount on all public transport throughout Western Australia for international students, bringing costs down to approximately $80 to $100 monthly. . 

Students have the option to use ride sharing services instead of public transport. However, this can be quite expensive, depending on the distanced travelled.  

Entertainment and Activities

I highly recommend exploring the diverse sports and recreational activities available in Perth, ranging from gym fitness, HIIT, pilates, yoga, soccer, badminton, to tennis. A gym membership costs approx. $15 per week. 

International student, Abby, on a reformer pilates machine

My friend and I at a Pilates class. Each session costs $30. 

Perth offers a wide array of activities to ensure you can prioritise your well-being alongside your studies. Club memberships costs vary. Most entry fees to museums and galleries are free, while wildlife parks may range from $10 to $30 per person. Outdoor activities like surfing or snorkeling might incur additional costs based on your preferences. 

Mobile Phone Plans and Internet

Most universities and student accommodation provide on-site Wi-Fi. I therefore recommended that you purchase a mobile phone plan that suits your data needs outside of your place of study and residence. Monthly plans typically range from $20 to $45, depending on your data usage and other requirements. 


Lastly, don't forget to allocate a budget for miscellaneous expenses like shopping and personal items, which can amount to about $100 to $200 per month. 

In total, a month in Perth can cost anywhere from $2,000 to $3,000 or more. It depends on your lifestyle and accommodation choices. Keep in mind that these estimates are approximate, and your actual expenses may vary.  

Perth's natural beauty and cultural offerings make it a fantastic destination worth exploring, and with careful planning, you can enjoy your study without breaking the bank. So, start budgeting and get ready for an unforgettable experience in this stunning Australian city! 

Originally published by StudyPerth.