Student living costs

Living costs include items such as:

  • accommodation
  • electricity and/or gas
  • entertainment
  • food
  • personal incidentals
  • telephone and internet bills
  • transport (bus/train).

Other expenses may include textbooks, study aids and vacations.


It is a requirement of the Department of Home Affairs that prospective international students can demonstrate access to at least A$21,041 a year to fund their living costs in Australia.

You'll need at least this amount to cover your living expenses. This is a rough guide only and will depend on many things, including where you live (eg Sydney, outer Sydney, regional NSW, Canberra); the type of accommodation you live in; and your lifestyle. Remember, your living expenses are separate from your tuition fees.

You'll find useful information on living costs in Australia on the Study in Australia website.