The cost of living for a single international student is approximately AU$20,000 per year. This includes rent, food, transport and other essential living expenses. It does not include tuition fees, text books, the cost of running a car, or social activities.
The true cost of living depends on the sort of lifestyle you lead. Use the following guide to help you formulate a realistic budget.
The Department of Home Affairs advises that applicants for student visas require AU$20,290 per year for living expenses. For more information please visit the department's website.
Initial setup expenses
Temporary accommodation (2 weeks)
Food and transport (1 month)
Rent in advance
Bond (refundable after leaving)
Furniture, bedding and kitchenware
Connection charges (for utilities)
Below is a list of weekly living expenses:
AU$265-510 per week
The average weekly expenses are AU$385 per person, which equates to AU$20,000 per year.
Cost of basic items
Below is a list of basic items and how much they cost: