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).

If you're starting from scratch, you'll need around $3,000 to cover costs such as rental bonds for accommodation, furniture and telephone connection charges.   

Other expenses may include textbooks, study aids and vacations.

GOVERNMENT REQUIREMENTS FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

It is a requirement of the Department of Home Affairs that prospective international students can demonstrate access to at least A$20,290 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.