The Australian Government estimates that the average living costs for an international student areA$18,000–20,000 per year ($A350–400 per week). This pays for food, accommodation, telephone, gas, electricity, transport and entertainment.

Living costs may be higher or lower than this depending on where you study and your lifestyle. It usually costs more to live in Sydney than in other cities or towns in New South Wales.

Guide to living costs for one week

 

 

Guide to living costs for one week
Item Weekly Cost Range (Australian dollars)
Accommodation (house or apartment shared with others) $100 – $150
Food $60 – $80
Utilities: telephone, electricity, gas (shared costs with others) $20 – $40
Public transport $20 – $50
Entertainment $30 – $60
TOTAL $230 – $380
Estimates of common expenses
Cinema/movie ticket $15+
Dinner (restaurant) $25 – $35+
Lunch (cafe) $12 – $15+
Coffee $3 – $4
DVD hire $5 – $8
Newspaper (local) $1.50
Newspaper (international) $4 – $7
Magazine $5 – $8