For a student, being aware of the average living costs in the country they want to study and move to is very important, as it helps you to control your expenses. Living costs are comparatively high in Australia than in most of the other countries. Some of the basic expenses you need to know about are listed below in detail.
Finding a suitable place to stay that fits within your budget is an essential part of living costs for a student. There are various accommodation choices available in Australia, which makes it easier to find a suitable place. Some Australian universities provide on-campus residence halls to students here which costs you around AUD$110 to $280 per week. Shared apartments within students and living off-campus are mostly preferred by international students as it also helps reduce your extra expenses which costs you around AUD$95 to $215 per week. But if you prefer living alone instead of sharing your apartment or your rented place it may cost you around AUD$185 to $440 per week. Homestays are also available, which allows you to indulge in the beauty and culture of Australia.
You can find various public transportation facilities in Australia which are reliable and affordable. Especially if you live far from the campus, public transport would be the best option to travel to and from your institution. There are various forms of public transports available such as buses, trains and choosing a suitable option will depend on your and institution’s location. Public transports cost you around AUD$30 to $60 per week. If you decide to buy your vehicle, it will cost you thousands of Australian dollars, and its maintenance may cost you around AUD$150 to $260 per week.
Food expenses depend on you; if you prefer eating out, you may need to spend around AUD20 for a meal in an average restaurant. Weekly, you can expect to spend around AUD$130 to $280 on your groceries and eating out. But it still depends on your eating habit and you if prefer cooking on your own, it will be much more helpful to control the expenses on food.
Student life becomes hectic with all the deadlines for assignments, moving back and forth between your university and your place, and also juggling with your work-life. To freshen up your hectic schedule, you can visit various beaches, parks, forests, movies, music festivals, fares. You might spend around AUD$40 to $80 a week on entertainment.
These include your extra expenses other than your basic utilities such as study materials, your health care needs, shopping, electricity bills, phone and internet bills. For your phone and internet bills, it may cost you around AUD15 a week. To buy quality jeans and a good pair of shoes, you can look at spending around AUD100 to AUD150. If you need to visit a private hospital for a check-up, you may need to spend around AUD70 for an appointment.
The most significant living expense for students in Australia is paying your accommodation fares. As a student, it is your responsibility to handle expenses wisely and to plan your budget.