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Cost Of Living In Australia As An International Student


Australia is an attractive destination for international students due to its world-renowned universities, pictures, and landscapes.

However, before you start packing your bags and planning your adventures, it’s important to have a clear understanding of the expenses you’ll need to bear during your stay.



NOTE: AUD = Australian Dollars


1. Tuition Fees:


Tuition fees in Australia vary depending on the university, program level (undergraduate or postgraduate), and your chosen field of study. Generally, you can expect to pay anywhere from 14,000 AUD to 36,000 AUD annually. 

Remember, this is just the tuition; some universities might charge additional fees for library access, student services, or specific course materials. 

2.Living Expenses:


Obtaining a student visa requires you to demonstrate access to sufficient funds to cover your living costs. The Australian government estimates that a single international student will need around 30,000 AUD per year. This covers essentials like:


  • Accommodation

This can be your biggest expense. On-campus housing tends to be pricier but more convenient, while renting a shared apartment can be more affordable. Accommodation costs around between 1,000 and 2,500 AUD per month.

  • Food

Groceries and eating out can vary depending on your preferences. Cooking at home is a budget-friendly option. Food costs around 280 AUD and 500 AUD per month.

  • Transportation

Public transport costs add up, so consider concession fares or explore cycling or walking if feasible. The average monthly cost of a transport pass ranges from 30 AUD to 100 AUD.

  • Health Insurance

Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) is mandatory and helps cover medical expenses. It costs around 500 AUD for a yearly cover. 



4. Finding financial aid


Australia offers scholarships and financial aid opportunities to help ease the financial burden. Research scholarships offered by your chosen university, explore government grants for international students in your home country, and consider scholarships offered by private organizations. 



 Remember, these are just estimates. Your actual spending will depend on your lifestyle choices, the city you live in (Sydney and Melbourne are more expensive than regional centers), and your spending habits. Factor in additional costs like textbooks, entertainment, and occasional travel. 



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