Cost of Living

Cost of living is generally defined as average cost of basic necessities of life (as food and shelter and clothing). For an international student it is an essential issue as how to tackle their living costs and hence not creating an extra pressure on them.


Living costs in Australia are realtively lower than many other developed countries thus making it an affordable place whilst enjoying the basic necessities of life. As a single student you will need approximately A$12,000-A$17,000 per year for living expenses such as accommodation, food, transport, textbooks and some spending money.

Below is the table for average cost of living in Australian territories. Please note that it's just an average calculation of the cost and subjected to vary depending on an individual's life style.

Victoria (main city, Melbourne)

State

Item

A$ (approx)

Victoria
(main city, Melbourne)

Food

80

Domestic Supplies

50

Personal Cosmetics

35

Transportation

25

Services (gas+ phone+ Internet+ electricity)

35

Social Activities

60

Total Arrivals

285 -450

New South Wales
(main city, Sydney)

Food

80

Total Arrivals

285 -450

All the amounts are taken from a medium level pricing.

Source: Mercer Human Resource Consulting

NEW SOUTH WALES (main city - Sydney)

Item

A$ (approx)

Food

70

Domestic Supplies

50

Personal Cosmetics

35

Transportation

25

Services (gas+ phone+ Internet+ electricity)

35

Social Activities

60

Total Arrivals

275 -440

All the amounts are taken from a medium level pricing.

Source: University of Sydney

 

Queensland (main city, Brisbane)

Item

A$ (approx)

Food

60

Domestic Supplies

50

Personal Cosmetics

35

Transportation

15

Services (gas+ phone+ Internet+ electricity)

35

Social Activities

40

Total Arrivals

235 - 390

All the amounts are taken from a medium level pricing.

Source: Queensland University of Technology

SOUTH AUSTRALIA (main city, Adelaide)

Item

A$ (approx)

Food

60

Domestic Supplies

40

Personal Cosmetics

30

Transportation

15

Services (gas+ phone+ Internet+ electricity)

35

Social Activities

35

Total Arrivals

220 - 350

All the amounts are taken from a medium level pricing.

Source: University of South Australia

 

WESTERN AUSTRALIA ( main city, Perth)

Item

A$ (approx)

Food

65

Domestic Supplies

40

Personal Cosmetics

25

Transportation

20

Services (gas+ phone+ Internet+ electricity)

35

Social Activities

30

Total Arrivals

215 -340

All the amounts are taken from a medium level pricing.

Source:  www.thisisperthlife.com

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY (main city, Canberra)

Item

A$ (approx)

Food

80

Domestic Supplies

60

Personal Cosmetics

50

Transportation

25

Services (gas+ phone+ Internet+ electricity)

35

Social Activities

70

Total Arrivals

310 - 450

All the amounts are taken from a medium level pricing.

Source: liveincanberra.com

 

TASMANIA (main city, Hobart)

Item

A$ (approx)

Food

60

Domestic Supplies

40

Personal Cosmetics

30

Transportation

20

Services (gas+ phone+ Internet+ electricity)

35

Social Activities

60

Total Arrivals

245 -350

All the amounts are taken from a medium level pricing.

Source: University of Tasmania