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Living Costs in Australia

Living Costs in Australia

Knowing the average living costs in Australia will be an important part of your financial preparation. We have created a handy guide below to help guide you through the average living costs for a student today. Please be aware that this is an approximate guide only and will not take into account your budget and spending habits.



Hotels & 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


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


Cost of Living

The department of Home Affairs has financial requirements you must meet in order to receive a student visa for Australia.

Refer to the step by step Student Visa Subclass 500 application and Document Checklist Tool for details on how to provide evidence to cover the costs of your stay, including your travel, study and living expenses.

As of October 2019 the 12-month living costs are;

For students or guardians – $21,041

For partners coming with you – $7362

For a child coming with you – $3152

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.

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