Gaye McMath was appointed executive director of the Perth Education City Project last year to stimulate interest for new CBD student accommodation projects. Photo: Attila Csaszar

Catching up to students’ housing needs

A lack of appropriate accommodation, particularly in central Perth, is widely recognised as one of the major barriers facing international students seeking to study in Western Australia.

Last year, the Western Australian Higher Education Council highlighted the issue as a factor in Perth’s declining share of the national foreign student market, which has fallen from 10 per cent a decade ago to 7 per cent currently.

To counter this effect, the council launched the Perth Education City Project in 2016 to explore the ways Perth could grow as an international education city.


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