Why live and study in Perth?

Why do more than 25,000 students and world-leading researchers choose The University of Western Australia (UWA)? Because Perth is the vibrant state capital driving Australia’s powerhouse economy? Because of Western Australia’s enviable climate and lifestyle? Or is it our position at the heart of Asia and one of the most biologically diverse regions of the planet?

Perth and UWA: Perfectly positioned

In addition to a rich scientific heritage and global partnerships that result in some of the most exciting world-class research around, UWA is ideally placed to lead and drive multi-disciplinary scientific research and innovation in the Asian Century.

“And so it is in our shared time zone, which contains nations of increasing economic, political and cultural significance. We are no longer on the edge of international affairs, but rather at the heart."

Michael Chaney
Chancellor UWA, Chairman National Australia Bank and Woodside Petroleum

Join us in 'the zone'

Perth is in the same time zone as 60% of the world’s population – a fact that’s underscored by the sheer breadth and depth of world-class collaborations forged with organisations across China, Japan, South Korea, India, Indonesia and Malaysia.

Unique research, collaboration
and career opportunities

Western Australia’s diverse environment, industrial strength and economic stability mean our students and researchers also enjoy unique field-based research opportunities.

Australia’s bio-diverse South West.

Right on Perth’s doorstep, Australia’s South West is home to an international biodiversity hotspot of some 300,000 square kilometres, with 1,500+ predominantly endemic plant species and several endemic mammals.

“UWA sits within one of the most biologically diverse parts of the planet, offering a wonderland rich in opportunity for research and field-based learning.”

Professor Richard Hobbs
2011 West Australian Scientist of the Year

One of the world’s most pristine and bio-diverse marine environments.

With 13,500 kilometres of coastline, we have temperate waters in the south and tropical waters in the north – home to World Heritage listed Shark Bay and Ningaloo Reef.

Vast mineral deposits
and energy reserves.

Western Australia is established as a global resources and energy industry hub, mining everything from iron ore, copper and gold, to oil and coal.

A large and diverse agricultural industry.

Our state’s second major export industry is as diverse as its landscapes, soils and climates, with wheat, wool, beef and lamb forming the basis for an agricultural industry that includes world-class viticulture.

Build your network and career

As a thriving commercial, economic and industrial hub, Perth and Western Australia also present a host of exciting collaboration and career opportunities. Today, Perth is a centre for multi-industry knowledge and innovation, evolving into a ‘knowledge economy’ renowned for integrated research and innovation.

The enviable Perth lifestyle

Western Australia’s celebrated lifestyle and climate are also undoubtedly part of the attraction for students and researchers alike.

Blue skies and sunshine

Regularly voted among the world’s most liveable cities, Perth is Australia's sunniest capital city, famed for its outdoor lifestyle, white-sand beaches, urban bushland, parkland and Indian Ocean sunsets.

In short, it’s the ideal place to live, work and follow your scientific passion.