Cost of Living in Australia For International Students: Explained

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People want to know the living cost in Australia for international students in Australia.


Understanding the average living expenses is crucial for effective financial planning, especially if you're considering living in Australia as an international student.


The overall cost of living for students in Australia varies based on factors like personal lifestyle, chosen city of residence, commuting, and food preferences.


The following factors can influence monthly living costs:



Considering all the above factors, Australia's average cost of living is between AUD 35,000 and 40,000 per year. Overall, Australia's cost of living is higher than countries like the UK, Canada, and the US. However, it is still one of the international students' most preferred study destinations. 


Below, you'll find costs associated with living in Australia. Keep in mind that these expenses may vary depending on your location in the country.



Accommodations Costs


Accommodation Living Costs

Boarding Schools

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

Shared Rental

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

Public Transport

AUD 15 to 55 per week


Out of all the other living costs in Australia, transport and housing costs significantly affect international students. These two costs vary per territory and state in Australia.


Let's discuss the average public transport and housing cost in Australian states and territories, including New South WalesQueenslandVictoriaTasmaniaSouth AustraliaWestern AustraliaNorthern Territory, and the Australian Capital Territory.



1. New South Wales (NSW)



The typical weekly rent for shared houses or flats in Sydney falls between AUD 300 to AUD 400, while one-bedroom units range from AUD 550 to AUD 700.


In regional areas of New South Wales, one-bedroom units start at AUD 250 and can go up to AUD 350 per week. For a three-bedroom place, the rent may vary weekly from AUD 300 to AUD 350.



Public Transport


Getting around Sydney is simple, with options like monorails, buses, ferries, trains, and light rail. International students in NSW usually don't get fare discounts, except those with Australian Government scholarships.


Transport costs range from AUD 40 to 58, but if you have a concession pass, it's between AUD 20 and 30 per week. Having a car is a good idea in regional NSW, where public transport is limited.



2. Queensland (QLD)





In Brisbane, a one-bedroom unit typically rents for about AUD 300 per week, while a three-bedroom apartment starts at AUD 350 per week. Rental prices for units in regional areas of Queensland vary.

In the far north region of Queensland, you can expect a unit to cost around AUD 240 per week, while in the Gold Coast area, unit prices start from AUD 350 per week.



Public Transport


In Queensland, full-time students enjoy discounted transportation fares.


Concession fares for a single trip range from AUD 2.00 to AUD 12.30, depending on your destination. Your electronic cards are valid for use on ferries, trains, and buses throughout southeast Queensland.



3. Victoria (VIC)






In Melbourne, Australia, a one-bedroom unit costs approximately AUD 500 per week, while a three-bedroom apartment costs around AUD 800. On the other hand, in the regional areas of Victoria, a unit ranges from AUD 200 to AUD 300, and a three-bedroom apartment varies between AUD 400 and AUD 700 per week.



Public Transport


You can use trains, buses, or trams for travel in Melbourne. But, unlike in New South Wales, international students in Victoria don't get transportation discounts. If you're travelling within zone 1, the ticket costs $7.00. For zone 2, it's $5; travel between zones 1 and 2 is $11.00.

You can pick hourly, weekly, monthly, or yearly tickets based on your needs. Remember that transport options are limited in regional parts of Victoria. You might want to consider using a car or bicycle there.



4. Tasmania (TAS)





The rental price for a one-bedroom unit in Hobart is around AUD 450 per week, and for a three-bedroom apartment, the rent may start from AUD 650. Also, you can talk to your provider about other off-campus or on-campus facilities available and then determine the costs accordingly. 



Public Transport


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 to purchase a daily ticket for around AUD 3. 



5. South Australia (SA)





In Adelaide, the weekly house rental varies from AUD 300 to AUD 550. In the outer suburbs of South Australia, you can expect to pay around AUD 500 for a three-bedroom apartment, while in the inner suburbs, the rental cost is typically between AUD 600 and AUD 700.



Public Transport


In Adelaide, you can take a bus, train or tram. You also get a concession fare if you are a full-time international student. A multi-trip ticket with concession costs you around AUD 14. 



6. Western Australia (WA)





In Perth, the weekly rental cost of a one-bedroom unit costs around AUD 450 and AUD 650 for a three-bedroom apartment. 



Public Transport

In cities like Perth and Fremantle, you can hop on ferries, trains, and buses. Full-time international students can grab a SmartRider card for easy travel.


The cost of transportation in Western Australia is between AUD 0.50 and AUD 4, depending on the zone you're heading to.



7. Northern Territory (NT)





In Darwin, the typical rent for a unit averages between AUD 450 and AUD 650 for a three-bedroom apartment.


Public Transport 


Buses generally operate regularly in central Darwin and on campuses in Palmerston and Casuarina. However, bus services are limited during the night and on weekends.



8. Australian Capital Territory (ACT)





In Canberra, the average rental price of an apartment is around AUD 400 per week. For a three-bedroom apartment, the average cost is AUD 450 per week. 



Public Transport

Canberra has an outstanding bus network managed by ACTON, featuring an electronic ticketing system enabling passengers to swipe their prepaid cards effortlessly. Additionally, international students enjoy fare concessions during both peak and off-peak hours.



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