Living Expenses

International students living in Australia need enough money to cover all their living expenses, including accommodation, food, and social activities.

Living Expenses include:

  • Accommodation
  • Utilities ( e.g. electricity, gas and water )
  • Internet
  • Mobile phone / tablet / computer
  • Food
  • Transport
  • Books, stationery etc. for study
  • Entertainment

Accommodation Rates

Hostels and Guesthouses$90 to $150 per week
Shared Rental$95 to $215 per week
Homestay$235 to $325 per week
Rental$185 to $440 per week

Students should be aware that the costs of studying in Australia will depend on your education provider, the level of study you choose and your study location in Australia.

Knowing the average living costs in Australia is an important part of your financial preparation. For your reference, here are some of the costs associated with living and studying in Australia (all costs are in Australian dollars).

If you are planning to buy a car you should account for additional expenses such as petrol, insurance and licence costs.

The costs below are an approximate guide only and don’t take into account your budget, lifestyle and spending habits.

Other Living Expenses

Groceries and eating out$140 to $280 per week
Gas, electricity$10 to $20 per week
Phone and Internet$15 to $30 per week
Public transport$30 to $60 per week
Car (after purchase)$150 to $260 per week
Entertainment$80 to $150 per week

The Home Affairs website covers in more detail how to work out how much money you might need to cover the costs of your stay in Australia as an International student. (See steps below)

The Insider Guides ‘Cost of Living Calculator’ is also a useful, practical tool to help estimate your cost of living in Australia

Please note that when you apply for the student visa in Australia, you will need to prove you have the financial resources to live and study in the country.
Reference: ( Live in Australia )