Suburbs near the Perth Campus

Here’s a summary of each of the suburbs closest to the Perth Campus.


Curtin’s main Perth campus is in the suburb of Bentley. Bentley has many three, four and five bedroom houses – some new, but many older and cheaper properties. Bentley doesn’t have any small apartments. Some parts of Bentley are within walking distance to the university, but the further areas will be bike riding or short driving distance away. This is the suburb where the greatest number of Curtin students live.

Highlights: Affordable housing, walking distance to campus.


Como is a pleasant riverside suburb about five minutes’ drive from the Bentley campus and 15 minutes’ drive from the Graduate School of Business building in the city centre. Smaller apartments can be found here, especially two bedroom ones as well as bigger houses and townhouses. Buses 555, 33 and 34 service some of Como, but much of this suburb is more suited to those with a car or those prepared to ride at least 20 minutes by bike. The 100 and 101 buses connect Curtin to the Canning Bridge bus station, which is in Como. Much of the Southern end of Como is within walking distance of this service and the train to the city.

Highlights: Close to the river and train, and lots of apartments in the area.

East Victoria Park

East Victoria Park adjoins the north-eastern edge of the Bentley Campus, so some of this suburb is walking distance from campus. Most of East Victoria Park consists of large houses of three to six bedrooms in which many single room (share housing) options can be found. No smaller apartments are available in this area. It’s a popular area for students to live, because regular buses 72, 98 and 99 service this area.

Highlights: new developments, closest to business school end of campus, walking distance and good bus service.


Karawara is the suburb bordering the western edge of the Bentley Campus, and has seen major redevelopment over the past few years. It now has a mixture of brand new houses and older cheaper properties. It mostly has three bedroom houses, and no smaller apartments. The largest shopping centre in the area is in Karawara. Most of this suburb is walking distance from the campus. Buses 33 and 34 travel to the city from Karawara as well as the 100 and 101 which connect with the station at Canning Bridge.

Highlights: the Collier Park public golf course and Karawara Shopping Centre.


Kensington is a pleasant older suburb about halfway between the Bentley Campus and the city centre. It has mostly large older homes, and no small apartments. Kensington is close to the city and river and the Victoria Park shopping area. Buses 34 and 72 service this area.

Highlights: near to the city, pleasant area. Convenient public transport.


Manning has mostly three bedroom houses. It is not walking distance to the campus, but a five minute drive or short bike ride away. No small apartments are in Manning. The 555 bus services a part of Manning, but this is not a frequent service. Some accommodation near Manning Road is accessible to the 100 and 101 buses.


Students attending classes in the Graduate School of Business building, situated in the city centre, generally choose to live nearby. Other students may prefer to live closer to the city as well. Perth, East Perth, West Perth and Highgate mostly have apartments available with one, three and three bedrooms.

Highlights: Close to city life and shopping, and the Graduate School of Business building.

St James

St James is a suburb north east of the Bentley Campus. One corner of St James adjoins the campus. Some parts of St James are walking distance to the university but most are bike riding distance. The suburb has lots of older houses, but some new developments as well. It has mostly three bedroom houses, and no small apartments. The areas of St James near to Hillview Terrace are serviced by the 98 and 99 buses and are very convenient to the university.

South Perth

Luxury accommodation can be found in South Perth, especially near the river, however there are less expensive options as well. South Perth is one of Perth’s older established suburbs, and has a mixture of one and two bedroom apartments, as well as larger established houses. There is a lot of short term hotel and apartment accommodation in South Perth, suitable for Curtin visitors. South Perth is a very popular area for students and staff of the university. Many parts of the suburb are accessible to Curtin by bus, but it is also a few minutes’ drive or sometimes a bicycle ride away. The 33 and 34 buses travel to Curtin.

Highlights: The Swan River, cafes, restaurants, the Perth Zoo, riverside bike paths and availability of apartment and short term accommodation.

Victoria Park

All types of accommodation can be found in Victoria Park, (or Vic Park as locals call it) – a suburb halfway between Curtin and the city and one of the most popular areas for staff and students at Curtin to live. If you want to rent a one bedroom furnished apartment, you’ll probably find it in Victoria Park, along with many houses, townhouses, villas and small apartment blocks.

Highlights: food, shops, availability of small apartments. Not walking distance, but frequent buses run to the university (72).


Waterford is a relatively new suburb across the road from the Bentley Campus. Waterford has mostly three, four and five bedroom houses which are usually large, new and good quality. Waterford is an easy walk to the campus. Families in Waterford often rent out rooms to students.

Highlights: some parts of the suburb are walking distance to Curtin, the river and the Karawara Shopping centre, and it also has many large luxury homes.


Wilson is a large suburb near the Bentley Campus. There is a lot of inexpensive housing in Wilson, mostly in older three bedroom houses. There are no smaller apartments. There is a lot of redevelopment happening in Wilson, with many of the older style homes being replaced with new accommodation. It’s an increasingly popular area for staff and students. A little of Wilson is walking distance to the university, but most is accessible via the 72 or 34 buses.

Other areas

Perth is not a large city, so it’s quite easy to get around. Much of the city is less than 30 minutes’ drive from campus. Public transport may not be easy in some cases, but for those with a car the roads are good, and traffic is usually light. Other popular areas for students to live are East Perth, Fremantle, Cottesloe (beach) and Scarborough (beach). Those with classes in the Curtin Graduate School of Business building in the Perth CBD will often live in inner city suburbs such as Highgate and East Perth.