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Australia: Student Finances

Student living costs in Australia

A guide to living costs in Australia, including popular food products, accommodation and transport.

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Home to stunning beaches, enviable weather and bustling metropolises, Australian cities are popular study choices for international students. But despite their allure, Australian cities can prove quite costly.


Australian wages are relatively high, and so costs of living for international and local students are often different. But don’t let that deter you: we’ve broken down basic costs of student living in OZ to prove you can study abroad in Australia without the worry of finances turning your life upside down. Don’t miss our infographic at the end of this article with the key costs you can expect as an international student in Australia.



Unlike many countries in Europe and the USA, living on campus is not the norm for Australian students. There are however plenty of on and off campus housing options that are still available to local and international students which vary in price depending on size and location.


Any property in a city centre will generally be more expensive, with universities in Melbourne and Sydney usually charging the most. Most universities do offer on campus housing options, applications for which can be done online.


On-campus accommodation at the University of Sydney ranges between AUD 135- AUD 687 per week on a 1 academic year contract. In some on-campus housing your weekly rent may also cover the cost of utilities, weekly cleaning of common areas and a furnished bedroom that includes a bed, desk, chair and wardrobe. You will also be required to pay additional charges such as a deposit of between AUD 1000- AUD 1,960 and an application fee of AUD 100.


In terms of off-campus housing, students have the option to choose between serviced apartments, shared houses or long-terms hostels, all of which can be found using external sites and agents. Universities often offer students help in securing off-campus housing options. On average, renting a 1-bedroom apartment in Sydney’s city centre will cost about AUD 1,900- AUD 2,400 per month, with an additional AUD 250- AUD 500 on utilities. However, students should consider plenty of cheaper areas easily accessible by public transport such as Eastlakes (approx. AUD 480 per week) or Rushcutters Bay (approx. AUD 500 per week).


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