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Moving to Australia

Moving to a new country is exciting, but also requires a lot of organisation. At Curtin we try to make your transition to study in Australia as smooth as possible. Use our pre-departure resources to help you prepare for your move to Perth.

Planning your budget

Living expenses in Australia can vary, depending on your personal tastes. You should have access to at least A$3,300 when you arrive to settle in, and budget a minimum of $475 per week (single) or $825 (family of four) per week to cover the cost of living in Perth.

Health insurance (OSHC)

As an international student, it’s a condition of your student visa that you obtain Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the length of your student visa. You must purchase OSHC from a government-approved provider before arriving in Australia.

Visa information

An Australian student visa is a temporary visa that allows you to come to Australia for a specified period to study at an Australian educational institution. You can apply for your student visa after you have accepted your offer from Curtin and received your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment.

Arrival information

Moving to a new country can be both exciting and daunting. The following information will help you pack the things you need to get settled in Perth and what to do when you arrive to Perth International airport.

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St Catherine's College


There are many benefits to living on campus! You can enjoy living, socialising and studying in one convenient location, and make friends from all over the world. We offer a range of on-campus accommodation options, our rooms are fully furnished and there are plenty of recreation facilities and support services.

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Finding part time work

Curtin’s courses are designed with careers in mind. You can get involved in mentoring programs, voluntary work and industry placements, to help you graduate with the knowledge and skills relevant to current industry needs.

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Bringing your family

Perth is a safe, clean vibrant and multicultural city set against a stunning backdrop of the Indian Ocean. There are an array of activities for you to enjoy together. The well-developed education system and reliable public transport system, make Perth a great place to raise a family.