We recently attended the Curtin Student Guild O Day, and it was a blast – even the stormy weather couldn’t stop it from being a great day! We had free food and a chance to enter our competition for a trip to Tokyo, staying at our Hakusan House property. Read on to discover the top 4 things from our day at Curtin Uni!
It was the perfect day for popcorn – and we had it being freshly made at our marquee. There was plenty to go around and it proved to be the perfect treat for a cold, wintery day.
So, you may be wondering, how safe is it for students to live in Perth? Perth is home to a large number of international students and many believe Perth is one of the safest cities in the world because of its friendly people and great sense of community! Moving to a foreign country can be scary at first and we know that looking for safe and secure student accommodation in Perth is a priority. So we’ve outlined all the details such as who to contact and safety features to help you feel safe in Perth!
Who to contact if you need help?
In an emergency situation, the number to call is 000. This number will give you access to fire fighters, ambulances and police. For non-emergency police assistance please call 131 444.
What sets Perth apart from any city? It’s close proximity to amazing destinations to tour. From it’s beautiful coastline at Rottnest Island to the Pinnacle Desert. We’ve listed the best places that students like to visit with friends, that are cheap and easy enough to see in a weekend or study break.
Explore the Margaret River Region
The Southwest of Western Australia is one of the country’s most beautiful regions. Margaret River is a perfect place to start and has so much to do. It’s only 3 hours south of Perth and is students favourite place to go if they want a short, cheap getaway over the study break or weekend. Sights students like to check out include the many beaches, caves and forests. Check out their website for a full list of Margaret River attractions.
How to Get There?
The best option is to rent a car so, you have complete freedom of what you can visit. However, some attractions offer private tours which take you there directly. For list of tours check out their website for more information.
Cool off at Injidup Natural Spa
Location: End of Wyadup Road, Yallingup
One of Western Australia’s best kept secrets, Injidup Natural Spa is a rock pool with crystal clear blue water. It’s not just any rock pool, the rocks shelter the pool from large waves, creating spa like bubbles. Best place to come if you need to de-stress from your exams or just want a relaxing weekend with friends. You can come for a day, or stay a few nights and explore the area. Indjidup Spa was not even known to most locals until it was made famous due to its picturesque image on Instagram. There’s no natural path, so you’ll have to climb some rocks to get there, but trust us, it’s well worth it.
New to Perth and want to know the best shopping centres around? We’ve got all the good spots covered. The best thing about our new student accommodation in Perth, The Boulevard, is that it is centrally located, meaning you can explore all of these places with ease by walking or taking public transport from the heart of Perth City.
Shops with something for everyone – Perth CBD
Perth CBD is home to some of the best stores in Perth and you’re guaranteed to find what you are looking for. With stores to suit every age, style and budget, you can spend the day exploring Perth City’s many unique arcades and strip malls. There’s Hay Street Mall, London Court and Forrest Chase just to name a few.
Not only does the CBD contain pretty much any store you need, it’s walking distance from The Boulevard. Check out all the arcades and malls you can find within the CBD here.
While you’re studying, it can be a good idea to build some experience and earn some money working on a part time or casual basis. Even working outside of your field of study can have some great benefits when you look for a permanent role out of university. We’ve listed some of the jobs you may choose to work while studying and we even have a way we can help!
Megan is a Brand Ambassador for The Student Housing Company and a third year international student at the University of Melbourne. She is currently pursuing a degree in commerce majoring in Accounting and Finance. She is a Filipino Chinese who hails from Singapore and has lived in Hong Kong and China too. A fun and driven individual, she knows how to work hard and play harder. She #livesforthegram and is a meme lord. If you see her around campus, don’t forget to say hi!
My first days
I moved to Melbourne from Singapore in mid 2016 and it was my first time in Australia, so it was pretty mind-blowing for me being introduced to a new culture on top of navigating my way through independent student life.
Moving to a new country is no easy feat, especially when you are an international student. For the majority of international students, it is our first time leaving the nest. We no longer are able to turn to the comforts of our home and family like we used to, so I understand that for many of you, starting a new chapter in a different country can be daunting. However, do not fret! Here are some tips to get you through adjusting to your new life in Melbourne:
Tip 1: Finding your new nest
For all you students planning to study in Melbourne, accommodation will be the most important order of business. When finding your new nest, there are many factors to consider such as location, community and amenities, amongst other things.
Australia is a very multicultural country, with people from all across the globe! In Perth, we are lucky to have so many cool and trendy restaurants that have proven to be a hit amongst university students! Whether you are after French, Asian, food trucks or Italian, we’ll show you the best places to go that suit all budgets and occasions!
Best Asian Food
Lucky Chans Noodle Bar
311 William St, Northbridge
If you’re looking for a nice local meal with friends, Lucky Chans is your best bet. Asian Fusion food with lots of amazing flavours. They also do bubble tea cocktails which are a popular choice amongst students and you can’t find them anywhere else! Bao sliders, a more western take on the traditional Asian staple, are proving to be very popular amongst students. Lucky Chans have some of the best in Perth and you should definitely try them out! Check out their menu to see what else they have to offer. They are also only a 10-minute walk from The Boulevard, making it super convenient to access!
Perth may be the furthest away from all the other capital cities of Australia but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing going on! We’ve listed the best events and festivals suited for university students. We’ve got the Perth Fringe Festival, Perth Comedy Festival, and Falls Festival, among many others! Whether you want to watch a runway fashion show, or a comedy show, you won’t be disappointed.
Perth Fringe Festival
18th January – 17th February 2019
The annual Fringe World Festival is one of Perth’s biggest events and dubbed the 3rd largest in the world. One of the best things about it is that it’s located in the heart of Northbridge, only minutes away from The Boulevard. In 2018, the festival featured 730 events throughout 155 venues all over Perth. At Fringe, expect to see a wide variety of acts including circus, cabaret, comedy, music, and theatre just to name a few! International students, this is not one you want to miss as people travel far and wide to attend. It’s best to book your shows in advanced online as they get pretty busy!
No doubt you’ve heard about Perth’s sunny days and hot weather, endless hours spent at the beach or relaxing outside. We can’t lie though – sometimes it does rain in Perth, albeit rarely! We’ve compiled some of the best information on Perth temperature, the climate of Perth, and the seasons of Perth for your ease. We’ve also included some activities you might like to do in each season – so read on!
Perth is in the southern hemisphere, so that means our seasons are mirrored to the northern hemisphere. OK – you probably already know that, but just remember that if you’re coming to Perth in June and expecting a hot summer! It’ll be winter in Australia, and although it doesn’t rain too much, you can expect a few gloomy days. We can’t have it all!
In the cooler months of May – September, you can expect around 110mm of average rainfall, with July being the wettest and coldest month of the year: with an average of 145mm rainfall and temperature of 18.4 degrees. On some days you’d hardly think it’s winter though, and you can even get away with going to the beach sometimes!
Summer though, is a different story. In Perth the weather really starts to heat up around November and stays warm until April. You won’t see much rain, with an average of 20mm in these months. It’ll get pretty hot though – with January being the hottest month of the year, the temperature averaging 32.3 degrees!
In the peak of summer, it’s not unusual to see temperatures over 40 degrees! Don’t worry though, there’s plenty to do and you’ll soon forget about the heat with all the fun you’re having. Make sure you keep reading for the best things to do depending on the weather in Perth!