Cost of living

Remember to consider the costs involved when applying to study at university. 

It's important to note that tuition fees are not your only expense. You may need to find accommodation, travel to and from university, buy books, pens and paper, and think about food, entertainment and socialising, such as joining clubs or societies.

The annual cost of living depends on your lifestyle and the type of accommodation you choose, but AUD$450 per week is generally sufficient for most students to live comfortably. This does not include tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks or any airfares.

The following comparative table is a guide only. It gives an indication of the type of expenses and average costs you will need to meet. Students with a family (spouse and one child) should budget a minimum of $1000 per week (AUD$52,000 per year) for living expenses.

ESTABLISHMENT COSTS ON-CAMPUS [1] OFF-CAMPUS SHARED [2] OFF-CAMPUS, FULL BOARD [3]
  WEEK YEAR WEEK YEAR WEEK YEAR

Bond & other upfront fees

n/a $1400* n/a $800 n/a n/a

Two weeks' rent in advance

n/a n/a n/a $400 n/a n/a

Telephone & utilities connection

n/a n/a n/a $68 n/a n/a

Furnishings, linen, crockery

n/a $100 n/a $1000 n/a $100

Application/ placement fee

n/a $125 n/a n/a n/a $240

Total

$0 $1625 $0 $2268 $0 $340
Annual costs On-Campus (1) On-Campus Shared (2) On-Campus, Full Board (3)
Week Year Week Year Week Year

Books, stationery, equipment

N/A

$1000

N/A

$1000

N/A

$1000

Student Services & Amenities Fee

N/A

$290

N/A

$290

N/A

$290

Total

$0

$1290

$0

$1290

$0

$1290

  ON-CAMPUS[1] OFF-CAMPUS SHARED [2] OFF-CAMPUS FULL BOARD [3]
WEEKLY COSTS WEEK YEAR WEEK YEAR WEEK YEAR
Rent/ Board
(average per academic year)
$435* $16,965 $200 $10,400 $245 $12,250
Food n/a n/a $150 $7800 n/a n/a
Public transport $20 $780 $50 $2600 $50 $2500
Utilities & mobile phone etc
(gas/ electricity/ phone/ internet)
$10 $390 $40 $2080 $10 $500
Spending money
(medical/ clothing/ entertainment etc)
$100 $3900 $100 $5200 $100 $5000
Total $565 $22,035 $540 $28,080 $405 $20,250