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Students should be aware that the cost of studying in Australia varies depending on the educational provider, the level of study chosen, and the location of study in Australia.


Knowing the typical cost of living in Australia is a crucial element of your financial planning. Here are some of the prices of living and studying in Australia for your information.


The prices shown here are merely estimates and do not take into consideration your budget or spending habits.



  • Hostels and Guesthouses - $90 to $150 per week

  • Shared Rental - $95 to $215 per week

  • On campus - $110 to $280 per week

  • Homestay - $235 to $325 per week

  • Rental - $185 to $440 per week

  • Boarding schools - $11,000 to $22,000 a year


Expenses for living

  • Groceries and eating out - $140 to $280 per week

  • Gas, electricity - $10 to $20 per week

  • Phone and Internet - $15 to $30 per week

  • Public transport - $30 to $60 per week

  • Car (after purchase) - $150 to $260 per week

  • Entertainment - $80 to $150 per week


Living expenses

Financial conditions set by the Department of Home Affairs must be met in order to get an Australian student visa.

For instructions on how to submit the proof necessary to pay the costs of your stay, including your travel, study, and living expenses, see the step-by-step Student Visa Subclass 500 application and Document Checklist Tool.


As of October 2019 the 12-month living costs are:

For students or guardians - AUD$21,041

For partners coming with you - AUD$7,362

For a child coming with you - AUD$3,152


The Home Affairs website has further information on calculating how much money you'll need to pay the costs of your international student stay in Australia.

The Insider Guides' 'Cost of Living Calculator' is also a helpful, practical tool for estimating your cost of living in Australia:


If you get into financial difficulties while in Australia, seek help from your institution's international student support and student housing services employees.


The cost of a course or study in Australia is determined by the education provider and level of study you select.


To locate courses and learn more about them, use the Course Search feature on this page. Your course may include extra charges, such as course materials and access to the institution's facilities.


For further information, students can see their provider's payment terms.


Costs of education


The list below gives you a broad indication of the range of course costs (yearly) for different types of qualifications.


School - $7,800 to $30,000

English language studies - Around $300 per week depending on course length

Vocational Education and Training (Certificates I to IV, Diploma and Advanced Diploma) - $4,000 to $22,000

Undergraduate Bachelor Degree - $20,000 to $45,000*

Postgraduate Masters Degree - $22,000 to $50,000*

Doctoral Degree - $18,000 to $42,000*


*Note that high-cost delivery courses such as veterinary and medical are excluded. To find out how much these courses cost, go to the individual institution's website.


All prices are in Australian dollars and are based on a 12-month period. Visit to convert to your own money.

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