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University Spotlight – Curtin University

Find out what it’s like to study at Curtin University in our latest university spotlight.


Campuses & Access


Curtin University’s main campus is located in Bentley in Perth, around 15 minutes south-east of the CBD. The campus is easily accessible by both bus and train and has plenty of parking spaces for students travelling by car.

There are also other small campuses in the CBD, mainly focused on graduate courses, and a campus in Kalgoorlie focused on engineering and mining courses. Curtin also has an international presence in Malaysia, Singapore, Dubai, and Mauritius.

Most of the paths and buildings across the main campus are accessible by wheelchair, with major buildings containing lifts for access to upper floors.


Online Learning


Curtin offer a wide variety of courses to study fully online, mainly in arts, business, health, STEM, and education. Online students have full access to Curtin’s online library system, as well as access to specialised support services for remote students.

Find out more about studying online at Curtin here.


Study Options


Curtin offer undergraduate courses in all standard study areas, including one of Western Australia’s only undergraduate-entry medicine courses.

Curtin also offer double degrees in business, law, health sciences, humanities, and STEM disciplines.

The academic year is split across two semesters, running from late-February to early-November, with a month-long break between each semester. Curtin also offer study in shorter trimesters and optional study periods. Classes are not scheduled over the Christmas and New Year period. You can view the full academic calendar for the year here.

The structure of most courses at Curtin is quite rigid, with subjects only offered in certain semesters and must be taken in a set order. You can find out more about specific courses and subjects here.


Accommodation & Living


Curtin offer a variety of on-campus accommodation options at the Bentley campus, including both individual and shared options. They also offer one option at the Kalgoorlie campus.

2023 prices vary between $210 to $515 per week per person, depending on size and location. The fees for all accommodation options include all utility bills – electricity, water, and internet (Wi-Fi). Some options also include meal plans. Students staying at the Bentley campus also receive a free gym membership at Curtin Stadium.

Contracts are offered on a single semester or yearly basis. Students must reapply for accommodation at the end of their contract.

You can see all accommodation options and application processes here.

Living off campus in Perth can get quite expensive (the current median rental price for an apartment in Bentley is $430 per week), and rental options are generally highly competitive. More affordable options further away can mean a very long travel time to and from campus.


Campus & Teaching Facilities


There are several facilities located at Curtin’s Bentley campus, including cafés and eateries, sporting and exercise facilities, shops, a bank, and more. Students can join a variety of clubs and participate in on-campus activities happening throughout the year. There is also an art gallery, theatre, and several gardens to enjoy.

Each campus has a dedicated library, and the Bentley campus has several study spaces, including a 24/7 computer lab. The campus also has lots of specialist teaching and learning facilities, including labs, clinics, simulated environments, and access to the latest technologies and equipment.

You can find out more about Curtin’s on-campus facilities here.


Student Support


Curtin offer a wide variety of dedicated student support services, including academic and study support, disability and inclusion support, support for LGBTQIA+ students, support for Indigenous students, health and wellbeing services, and childcare facilities and support on campus.

Information about support services can be accessed on their website here.


Career Development & Industry Partnerships


Curtin offers a career advice service for all students, helping you to develop valuable skills and connecting you with employers.

Industry learning is also embedded into many of their courses, with options including internships, work integrated learning, and practical learning meaning you can gain professional work experience while you study.

Curtin also has strong industry links, particularly in mining and agriculture, and networks and programs to support budding entrepreneurs.


Information Accessibility


Curtin’s university is modern and easy to navigate, with functionality that works across all major browsers. It has a handy search function and essential information about courses, scholarships, and support options are easy to find.


Tours & Information Sessions


You can take a virtual tour of the Bentley campus here.

Curtin run both online and on campus information events for future students regularly throughout the year. You can view the upcoming calendar of events here.


Next Steps


If you’re interested in study at Curtin and want to find out more information, the best way to do this is to contact them, either by phone on 1300 222 888, or by submitting an enquiry online.

Curtin also runs one Open Day a year, usually around March.


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