Cost of Living in Australia for Students: A Complete Guide
If you are planning to live in Australia, then knowing the average living costs is essential for your financial preparation.
The overall cost of living in Australia for students depends on several factors such as the individual lifestyle, the city you choose to live in, commuting and food habits, etc. Whereas, the monthly living costs can be determined by the following factors:
For reference purposes, below are some costs associated with studying and living in Australia. You should know that these costs may vary depending on the location you choose in Australia.
Type of Accommodation
AUD 11,000 to 22,000 per year
AUD 235 to 325 per week
AUD 165 to 440 per week
AUD 90 to 280 per week
AUD 85 to 215 per week
Hostels and Guesthouses
AUD 90 to 150 per week
Other Living Expenses
Car (after purchase)
AUD 150 to 260 per week
Eating Out and Groceries
AUD 80 to 280 per week
AUD 80 to 150 per week
Electricity and Gas
AUD 35 to 140 per week
Internet and Phone
AUD 20 to 55 per week
AUD 15 to 55 per week
In Australia, out of all the other living costs, transport and housing costs greatly affect international students. These are the two major costs that vary around different territories and states in Australia.
The weekly rent of a shared house or flat in Sydney is between AUD 200 and AUD 300, and for the one-bedroom unit the rent is between AUD 400 and AUD 550. Whereas in the regional area of New South Wales, the weekly rent for a one-bedroom unit starts from AUD 250 to 350, and the cost for three-bedroom may range between AUD 300 and AUD 350.
The transportation cost may range between AUD 40 and 58, and for the ones who have concession pass, the transportation fees for them is somewhere between AUD 20 and 30 weekly. In the regional NSW, there is limited access to public transportation, so it is suggested that you have a car.
The weekly rental price of a one-bedroom unit in Brisbane, is around AUD 300 and for a three-bedroom apartment, the rental cost starts from AUD 350 per week. In the regional areas of Queensland, the rental price for a unit varies.
In the far north region of Queensland, a unit may cost you approximately AUD 240 per week, and in the Gold Coast area, the price of a unit starts from AUD 350 per week.
In Queensland, all full-time students get a concession on transportation fares. For a single trip, the transportation fares with concession range in between AUD 2.00 and AUD 12.30, depending on which place you are visiting. You can use your electronic cards on ferries, trains, and buses all across south-east Queensland.
In Melbourne Australia cost of living in a one-bedroom unit is about AUD 300 and AUD 350 for a three-bedroom apartment. Whereas in the regional areas of Victoria, a unit costs you between AUD 190 and AUD 270 and a three-bedroom apartment ranges between AUD 250 to 320.
In Melbourne, you can travel around in trains, buses or trams. Similar to New South Wales, Victoria also doesn’t give international students concessions on transportation fares. For travelling in zone 1, the full-fare tickets will cost you $7.00, to travel in zone 2, it will cost you $5 and to travel between zone 1 and 2 it will cost you $11.00.
You can choose from different options like two hourly, weekly, monthly and yearly according to your convenience. However, in the regional areas of Victoria, the transport facility is limited. So you can consider travelling here with other transportation options like a car or a bicycle.
The rental price for a one-bedroom unit in Hobart, is around AUD 205 and for a three-bedroom apartment, the rent may start from AUD 350. Also, you can talk to your provider about other off-campus or on-campus facilities available, and then accordingly determine the costs.
Cities in Tasmania like Burnie, Hobart, and Launceston offer campus bus services on weekdays, which makes it easy to travel around the cities. International students also get a concession on fares, so you can purchase a daily ticket for around AUD 3.
5. South Australia
In Adelaide, the rental price of a house ranges anywhere between AUD 165 and AUD 440 per week. In the outer suburbs of South Australia, the rental cost for a three-bedroom apartment is around AUD 280 and AUD 330 for the inner suburbs.
In Adelaide, you can take a bus, train or tram to travel around. If you are a full-time international student, you also get a concession fare. A multi-trip ticket with concession costs you around AUD 14.
6. Western Australia
In Perth, the weekly rental cost of one-bedroom unit costs around AUD 300 and AUD 350 for a three-bedroom apartment.
In major cities like Perth and Fremantle you can use many transportation services including ferries, trains, and buses. International students who are studying full-time can even purchase a SmartRider card.
The transportation fare in Western Australia may cost you between AUD 0.50 to AUD 4, depending on the zone you are travelling to.
7. Northern Territory
In the city of Darwin, the average rental cost of a unit is AUD 300 and AUD 450 for a three-bedroom apartment.
Buses usually run regularly in central Darwin area and campuses at Palmerston and Casuarina, but during the night time and weekends, the bus services are limited.
8. Australian Capital Territory
In Canberra, the average rental price of a unit is around AUD 400, and for a three-bedroom apartment, the average cost is AUD 450.
Canberra has an exceptional bus network which is operated by ACTON. The buses make use of electronic ticketing system that allows travellers to swipe a prepaid card. Also, international students get concessions on fare during peak and off-peak hours.