Plan your stay in Australia and work out your weekly budget with our handy guide to the cost of everyday living.
Plan your budget
The cost of living for a single international student is approximately A$21,000 per year. This includes rent, food, transport and other essential living expenses. It does not include tuition fees, textbooks, the cost of running a car, or social activities.
The true cost of living depends on the sort of lifestyle you lead. The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) advises that applicants for student visas require A$21,041 per year for living expenses.
If you are bringing your family, you will need to budget for additional living costs. You will need a minimum of A$7,362 per year for your spouse and A$3,152–$11,448 per year for each child, depending on whether they are school age. If your children are of school age, you will need to budget for school fees and uniforms.