LIVING COST IN AUSTRALIA
Living Cost for International Students in Australia
Accommodation Options and Costs
A variety of high standard student accommodation is
available to suit different budgets and needs.
Students can opt to live in university accommodation
or with an Australian family. Shared accommodation
with other students is common and popular.
Institutions provide students with help
accommodation and understanding lease and tenancy
conditions. Temporary accommodation can be arranged
before you leave home allowing you time on arrival to
consider where and how you would like to be
accommodated in the longer term. Student notice boards
and newspapers often advertise rooms, apartments and
houses for rent.
Further advice is available from your prospective
Homestay or Farmstay
A$110-A$270 a week
Gain access to the Australian lifestyle in a
natural and friendly way through Homestay. This
is popular with younger students and those
studying short-term English courses. Meals are
usually included in the cost. Single or shared
rooms may be offered and the cost will vary
accordingly. Self-catering Homestay is sometimes
available cheaply. Farmstay offers the same
services in a rural setting.
Institutions maintain a register of families
prepared to board international students during
the academic year. Education institutions ensure
that Homestay families are reputable and that
they offer accommodation of a reasonable
Hostels and guest houses
A$80-A$135 a week
Hostels are usually run by organisations such as
Youth Hostels Australia and the Young Men's
Christian Association (YMCA). Students share
kitchen and bathroom facilities.
A$50-A$160 a week
A$70-A$350 a week
Students often share with fellow students. They
advertise on notice boards and in newspapers.
Students may have to provide their own
When renting a house, apartment or bedsitter,
landlords require rent to be paid in advance and
will require a security bond equal to one
A$8000-A$11000 a year
Many private secondary schools provide
accommodation, meals and laundry services for
Note: Tuition fees are in addition to the
A$80-A$250 per week
Most universities offer a variety of
accommodation on or near to campus such as
university apartments, residential colleges or
halls of residence. Halls of Residence are
usually cheaper and a popular option with
full-time international students. The cost
ranges depending on the type of accommodation.
Most universities offer a variety of accommodation on
or near to campus such as university apartments,
residential colleges or halls of residence. Halls of
Residence are usually cheaper and a popular option
with full-time international students. The cost ranges
depending on the type of accommodation.
University Residential Colleges
Residential colleges provide accommodation with meals.
They are slightly more expensive than university Halls
of Residence. The college undertakes cleaning and
household tasks. Sporting and social facilities,
tutoring, libraries and (generally) computer access
are also provided.
Halls of Residence
Halls of residence are located on or near university
campuses and are generally cheaper than residential
colleges. International students find them an
attractive option. Students usually have meals and
some cleaning services provided. Only full-time
students are accepted. Students need to apply early
because of the high demand for places.
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