Study Abroad in Perth, Australia

Study Abroad in Perth: Living Abroad

Housing and Meals


  • University apartment
  • Double room


  • You will receive a meal allowance worth approximately $1,000

Internet access is offered in the student residences in Perth by an Internet provider and students will be given details of this on arrival in Perth. There is free Wi-Fi access on campus at Murdoch University and in a variety of local cafés.


In Perth, you will live in a comfortable, furnished, double room in an apartment with other students, at Murdoch University Village, just a few minutes’ walk from the classroom buildings on campus. Every apartment contains a full kitchen, living room area, table and chairs, fan and two bathrooms.

Murdoch University Village has a range of facilities, including a swimming pool, student lounge, TV room, e-library and study spaces, high-speed Internet, volleyball court and barbecue zone. Murdoch University provides 24-hour support for residents, with a dedicated team of Resident Assistants (RAs) and an evening duty manager. Apartments and common areas are only accessible by electronic swipe card and all individual bedrooms are lockable.

The program fee is based on the standard accommodation. The Village offers a variety of apartment configurations (4, 5 and 6 bedroom apartments). Contact the AIFS Admissions Officer for further details and to pay a supplement to reserve another type of room including single rooms.

Meal Allowance

You will be provided with a meal allowance to subsidize your grocery budget. The meal allowance is worth approximately $1,000 and is a great help in managing your costs when you are in Perth. You will need to budget extra funds for meals, especially if you wish to eat in cafés and restaurants rather than preparing your own meals in your housing. Students may opt out of the meal allowance and pay a reduced program fee of $14,995.

Note: Full Year students are responsible for their own housing and meals during the semester break.

Travel Pass

AIFS students will be given a TransPerth card (smart rider) on arrival which they can top up during the semester.

Sports Facilities

Australians love sport and the facilities at Murdoch University are extensive.

The Sports Center boasts a wide range of services and programs for students and visitors alike. Facilities include a multi-use sports hall (basketball, soccer, netball, hockey), basketball courts, badminton, volleyball and squash courts, outdoor multi courts for tennis and netball, an outdoor multi-use grassed oval, a group fitness room and a spin cycling studio.

The Murdoch Guild Fitness Center is a modern facility with an extensive range of resistance machines and heavy duty floor space for multipurpose free weight training. Cardio machines include cross trainers, treadmills, rowers, bikes and steppers. Fitness classes such as spin, combat, fitball and freestyle are offered as are yoga and pilates.

Orientation Program

AIFS and Murdoch University offer an orientation program of meetings and events to help you settle in to your new environment as smoothly as possible. Events include:

  • An “Early Arrivers” dinner
  • Student Village (housing) orientation
  • Murdoch University orientation meeting with lunch followed by a trip to the beach
  • Seminars covering the Australian lifestyle and culture, how to use the Murdoch University portal, volunteering and community engagement, sports facilities and intramural sports
  • International student dinner to meet students from all over the world
  • A surf lesson

A Buddy Program is also available where international students are paired with a local Australian student.

Cultural Activities

Further cultural activities are also available, some of which may require an additional fee. These may include:

  • movie nights
  • visit to Perth’s Kings Park
  • surf lessons
  • visit to Perth Zoo
  • bush trekking adventure
  • feeding dolphins
  • swimming with whale sharks and manta rays

Volunteering and Community Engagement

A volunteer experience can teach you about yourself, current issues, government services and the local community and it can also raise self-esteem. Volunteering and community engagement opportunities are arranged specifically for visiting international students and form part of the social and cultural program offered at Murdoch University each semester. The Student Union also has a ‘Volunteer Hub’ to help match student interests with volunteer opportunities. In the past AIFS students have volunteered at wildlife parks, music festivals, sustainability festivals, the Perth Royal Show, Perth International Student Festival and more. You can find out more about volunteer opportunities during the orientation period.


The Australian government requires foreign students to pay for mandatory health coverage (Overseas Student Health Charge). Included in the AIFS program fee, this is paid directly to the provider, OSHC Worldcare, by Murdoch University.

AIFS in Perth Resident Director, Academic Year and Semester Programs

AIFS Resident Director

Elizabeth Scala

Assistant Study Abroad Coordinator (AIFS Coordinator)
Murdoch University

Phone: 011 61 8 9360 6778


Hey! My name is Elizabeth Scala and I am from Providence, Rhode Island. I recently graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor of Sociology from College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. During my time studying I was also a part of the women's ice hockey team and worked in marketing and business within the athletic department. After graduating, I decided to pursue my professional ice hockey career in Munich, Germany, as well as my passion for traveling. I then moved to Perth, Australia – a place I can't wait to share with you all! During my time here I have been working at Murdoch University in International Admissions and exploring what Western Australia has to offer! I am here to make your journey down under as enjoyable and unforgettable as possible.

The Resident Director provides academic advice, introduces you to the community and handles communication with the University.