Sunny Perth in Western Australia is home to five world-class universities.

Perth, Western Australia

Perth, Western Australia

Campus University Place
Main Curtin UniversityPerth (Bentley)
Main Edith Cowan UniversityPerth (Joondalup)
Main Murdoch UniversityPerth (Murdoch)
Main University of Notre Dame AustraliaFremantle
Main University of Western AustraliaPerth (Crawley)
Satellite Curtin University Kalgoorlie, Margaret River, Perth (City)
Satellite Edith Cowan University Bunbury, Perth (Mount Lawley)
Satellite Murdoch University Peel
Satellite University of Notre Dame Australia Broome
Satellite University of Western Australia Albany, Perth (Claremont)
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Universities in Perth and WA

As the list and map show, all 5 of Western Australia's universities are based in the larger Perth City region.

  • The University of Western Australia is the most central, located on the other side of King's Park from the city centre.
  • Curtin University, Murdoch University and the University of Notre Dame Australia are all positioned on the southern side of the Swan River.
  • Edith Cowan University is based in the northern urban centre of Joondalup.

Perth is easily the biggest city in WA and a popular study destination. Students can enjoy a sunny, outdoors lifestyle in a prosperous part of the world. The universities in Perth and WA teach 141,335 students, including 105,180 Australians and 36,155 from abroad.

Student Numbers at WA Universities

The largest university in Western Australia in terms of student numbers is Curtin University, with 49,204 students at last count. Curtin is followed by Edith Cowan University, with 30,638. Next is Murdoch University with a student body of 25,604. The University of Western Australia has 24,136 students, while the University of Notre Dame Australia rounds out the list with 11,753 enrolments.

Students Curtin ECU Murdoch UWA Notre Dame
Domestic 35,758 23,774 15,398 18,774 11,476
Overseas 13,446 6,864 10,206 5,362 277
Total 49,204 30,638 25,604 24,136 11,753

Updated: 10 October 2023

Number 1 University in Perth

The University of Western Australia is generally considered the number 1 university in Perth. It is often ranked among the world's top 100 universities. When considering ATAR cut-off scores, it is slightly more difficult to gain entry into UWA undergraduate degree programs. The typical ATAR required at UWA is 75, compared to an average of around 70 at the other four WA universities.

However, other Perth universities are popular for different reasons. For example, international students are often more drawn to courses offered by Curtin University and Murdoch University. Edith Cowan University also has more international students than UWA.

Related: ATAR Scores for Uni Courses