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Cost Of Living

Living Expenses

Migration regulations in Australia require international students to demonstrate that they can contribute to the cost of living and studying in Australia. This helps to ensure students are better able to make the most of their studies and have a safe and enjoyable experience in Australia. Guidelines state prospective student visa applicants must have access to the following funds to meet the living costs requirements: AUD$18,610 a year for the main student. (Evidence of additional funds is required for a students partner and dependants.)

As an approximate guide students can expect to budget for around AUD$350 per week ‘living expenses’ in Perth – this can include such items as rent/board, food, public transport, utilities (electricity, gas and water) and some spending money. This figure does not include tuition fees, the cost of running a vehicle, textbook and printing/ photocopying costs, health insurance, airfares/holiday travel costs and additional costs associated with a more expensive lifestyle. Students should ensure they arrive with easy access to at least AUD 2500 to pay for expenses associated with establishing themselves in Perth.  Please refer to the ‘Study in Australia’ website for additional information.

The figures above are indicative only and that costs can vary significantly depending on where you live. You should be prepared in case your living costs are greater than the indicated figures, we would recommend that students undertake their own research into the costs of living in Australia.

Eating Out & Public Transport (Approx.)

Food and Drink
Sandwiches AUD 5.00 – 7.00
Pizza/Pasta AUD 8.00 – 15.00
Coffee/Tea AUD 4.50
Pub Meal AUD 10.00 – 15.00
Bus (One Way Trip) AUD 0.90 – 2.00

Shopping (Approx.)

Australia’s major town centres and capital cities have world-class shopping facilities. Hours are generally 9.00am to 5.30pm seven days a week. Some supermarkets are open 24 hours a day seven days a week. Mainstream grocery stores in Australia include Coles, Woolworths and Aldi.

Below is a list of average costs for everyday grocery products in Australia:

Loaf of bread AUD 2.50 to 3.00
2 litres of milk AUD 2.20 to 2.90
Newspaper AUD 1.50 to 3.00
Box of breakfast cereal AUD 3.00 to 4.00
Jar of instant coffee AUD 3.00 to 4.00
Bottle of soft drink AUD 1.50 to 3.00
Bottle of shampoo AUD 2.50 to 4.50
Bar of soap AUD 1.50 to 2.50
One apple 50 cents to 80 cents
One banana 60 cents to 90 cents
Beef (500 grams) AUD 7.00 to 8.00
Chicken (600 grams) AUD 7.00 to 8.00

Bank account

If you are staying for longer than six months you may wish to open a bank account. If possible, try to set up your bank account before you arrive as rules, regulations and policies between banks vary. You may be required to bring a wide variety of personal documentation with you. If you decide to set up a bank account after you have arrived, remember that it can take a long time so make sure you are able to access your money at all times.