The best places to live in Perth

Finding an area or suburb in Perth that matches an individual's accommodation priorities can be a challenge. The city is growing fast. House prices are climbing at astonishing rates in some parts and demand for apartments in the fashionable districts is voracious. That said, there are parts of the city where expats can still unearth a gem.

Ultimately, the suburb an expat chooses will depend on their budget and how much commuting they can put up with. At the end of the day though, every expat (whether it's a young professional with a little extra cash, a family looking to live near the best schools or a retiree keen for sun and sea) is sure to find a suburb in Perth that fits the bill.

Coastal suburbs in Perth


Matilda Bay

A beautiful suburb perched on the edge of the Swan River, Matilda Bay is a popular residential area. The combination of the lush surroundings and the close proximity of the CBD gives Matilda Bay residents the best of both worlds.

There's plenty to do in Matilda Bay, particularly for those who enjoy the outdoors. New arrivals looking to make some friends should consider joining one of the local watersport clubs based in Matilda Bay. Even those who aren't athletically inclined are sure to be glad to have easy access to the riverside on scorching summer days.

City Beach

City Beach is a modern waterside suburb with easy access to a range of community amenities. The area's local beach, also called City Beach, is said by many to be Perth's best beach.

This area is particularly popular with expat families as the home of two international schools: International School of Western Australia and Japanese School in Perth. There are also plenty of good public school options in the area.

City living in Perth



Situated just north of Perth's CBD, Highgate is a great choice for expats looking to live in a lively area with a short commute to work. Highgate is well known as a diverse cultural district packed with restaurants of all flavours. Art lovers are sure to enjoy the area's many galleries, not to mention the vibrant street art waiting to be discovered in back streets off the beaten path.


Young expats who love a good night out will feel right at home in Northbridge, Perth's main nightlife district. The streets are lined with everything from upmarket cocktail lounges to laid-back bars, not to mention mouth-watering restaurants offering some of Perth's best Asian fare. Convenience is key in Northbridge, and expats should be able to get around easily here.