The best universities in Perth and why you should study there

So you’re looking to study in Perth? Good choice. Western Australia is known for its great weather, beaches, and laid-back people. It’s important you choose the right university though, especially for international students. Here’s our list of the top universities in Perth and what you might enjoy at each of them.

Distances and travel times to Perth’s universities from The Boulevard

The University of Western Australia (UWA)

The iconic Winthrop Hall at UWA

First on our list is the University of Western Australia, WA’s oldest and Australia’s 6th oldest university. Founded in 1911, with a beautiful campus and sandstone buildings, UWA is also the only Western Australian university that is a part of the Group of 8 (Go8), comprising of eight of Australia’s leading research universities. Located right next to the Swan River in Crawley, it’s a beautiful campus that will be perfect for a few snaps when you’re not busy studying or attending lectures!

UWA is a great choice; ranked #91 in the world by QS World University Rankings and boasting famous alumni such as former Australian prime minister Bob Hawke and Nobel Prize Laureate Barry J. Marshall. From The Boulevard it’s a 13 minute drive or 34 minute bus ride down one of the most scenic roads not only in Perth, but in the entire country! Who says commuting sucks?

What Can You Study At UWA?
UWA has a very broad selection of courses available and offers courses in the faculties of:
• Arts, Business, Law, Education
• Science
• Engineering and Mathematical Sciences
• Health and Medical Sciences
• Indigenous Studies
There’s a wide range available and we recommend viewing their course list to find the right course for you.

Entry Requirements
• For domestic students, the average required ATAR score is 91.7.
• For international students, The University of Western Australia has listed entry requirements for each country.
• A minimum overall IELTS score of 6.5 is required. Alternative English language requirements are also accepted.

Curtin University

Curtin’s Bentley campus

Named after the 14th Prime Minister of Australia, Curtin University is the largest university in Western Australia, with over 58,000 students! Curtin has a very large presence overseas, particularly in China and is very active in areas such as resources and energy, business, and public health.
Located in the suburb of Bentley, Curtin is well connected to the rest of Perth by their own bus station! It’s only a 17-minute drive from our Boulevard student accommodation, or 40 minutes by bus, that will take you right to Curtin Bus Station in the heart of the university.

What Can You Study At Curtin?
Curtin has a wide range of courses that fall under the five-discipline based study areas of:
• Aboriginal Studies
• Business and Law
• Health Sciences
• Humanities
• Science and Engineering
You should look at Curtin’s course list page to find a full list of available courses. Curtin is heavily involved in industry, particularly mining and petroleum – you’ll find plenty of industry contacts here!

Entry Requirements
• For domestic students, all courses require a minimum ATAR of 70.00. Curtin University offers an ATAR profile for each course based on the most recent intake period.
• International students should refer to the Curtin international students page for all information about requirement based on your country.
• An overall IETLS score of 6.5 is required. For alternate requirements refer to Curtin University English Prerequisites.


Murdoch University’s campus

Murdoch University is Western Australia’s second university, opening in 1973. It’s about a 20 minute drive or 40 minute bus from The Boulevard. Murdoch is notable for being the only university in Western Australia that has a veterinarian school – so if you dream of becoming a vet this is the place for you! There’s a big choice though!

What Can You Study At Murdoch?
Murdoch has a broad selection of courses, you might choose to study anything in the faculties of:
• Arts
• Business
• Education
• Engineering and IT
• Health
• Law
• Psychology and Exercise Science
• Veterinary and Life Sciences
Murdoch is unique in that it’s the only university in Western Australia that offers veterinary science courses, so if you dream of becoming a vet it’s the obvious choice for you. Have a look at the full list of courses to find what’s right for you!

Entry Requirements
• For domestic students, most course require a minimum ATAR of 70. For course-specific requirements, including international student requirements, refer to Murdoch’s course search.
• An overall IETLS score of at least 6.0 is required. Visit Murdoch’s page for more information including alternate requirements.

Notre Dame

Notre Dame in the maritime city of Fremantle

Notre Dame is a Catholic university located in Fremantle, south of Perth. It’s a good choice if you’re looking for a well-rounded education.
Notre Dame is number 1 in Australia for ‘overall quality of education experience’ and ‘skills scale’, according to QILT. If Notre Dame sounds a good fit for you, head over to their website for more including information for international students.

What Can You Study At Notre Dame?
Notre Dame has a range of courses available in the faculties of:
• Arts & Sciences
• Business
• Education
• Health Sciences
• Law
• Medicine
• Nursing & Midwifery
• Philosophy & Theology
• Physiotherapy

Notre Dame is unique in their teaching structure requiring you to study their core curriculum of theology, philosophy, and ethics. It’s also one of the best places to study nursing or physiotherapy, as it offers a large amount of practical hours increasing your chances of a job come graduation!

Entry Requirements
• For domestic students, Notre Dame requires a minimum ATAR score of 70. For more information including alternate entry requirements, visit the university’s page.
• For international students, the university has a full guide for your country available.
• An IELTS overall score of 6.5 is required. For alternate requirements, visit the English language proficiency requirements page.


ECU’s striking building façade in Mt Lawley

Established in 1991, ECU is one of the newer universities in Western Australia, with two campuses in Joondalup and Mt Lawley. Despite only being a university since 1991, ECU was formed from an amalgamation of teaching colleges, and has history dating back to 1902!
The Mt Lawley campus is only a 10 minute drive or 25 minute bus ride from The Boulevard, and for more information refer to their website.

What Can You Study At ECU?
ECU has various course you might choose to study from their faculties of:
• Arts & Humanities
• Business & Law
• Education
• Engineering
• Medical & Health Services
• Nursing & Midwifery
• Science
• Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)

ECU is well known for its world class performing arts school at WAAPA, where many household names learnt their trade. Coupled with this, ECU first began life as a set of teaching colleges – and this tradition continues to this day with a great teaching education!

Entry Requirements
• For domestic students, all courses require a minimum ATAR of at least 70. For a full list of ATAR requirements visit the ECU website.
• International students can find information for their specific country at the university’s secondary school results page.
• An IELTS score of 6.0 is required. Alternate eligible qualifications are available to view on the ECU English competency page.

There you have it: Perth’s universities. We hope you find the right university and student accommodation to suit your needs.

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