Going To Live In Australia!! Here’s Average Cost To Live In Australia

The Cost of living in Australia for immigrants depends on various factors. These factors may vary with one’s demand. These factors are basically the size of the family, the city which you want to live in, the size of relocation, an individual’s lifestyle, type of food, and some basic habits, etc. The average cost to live in Australia is somewhat higher as compared to other countries. The monthly cost for a living will depend on various factors such as house rent, groceries, transportation, insurance, and utilities. Considering all the factors, the average cost of living in Australia is approx. AUD 35-40 K. Cost of living in Australia is one of the most searched queries on the internet. In addition to which a large number of Indian students get admission to Australian universities. However, they would definitely need to know about tuition fees and living costs.

Tuition Fees

International students in Australia need to pay their tuition fees up-front. There are also some of the institutions which may also charge for other student costs, in addition to tuition fees. As some of the Universities have some mandatory extra-curricular activities. These activities also include the library, laboratory, or sports facility costs. Students should also consider the costs of excursions, books, and stationery. As well as any essential materials specific to their course of studies, such as lab coats or photographic supplies.

An undergraduate bachelor’s degree from an Australian university can cost anywhere from A$14,000 to 35,000 a year. While a postgraduate degree can cost from A$15,000 to 36,000 a year.


Although most of the international students studying in Australia are full-fee paying students. International students may also choose to apply for a variety of scholarships. These scholarships in Australia are offered by the Australian government, education institutions, and a variety of other organizations. They cover vocational education and training, student exchanges, and undergraduate and postgraduate study and research. Australian Government offers scholarships to specific international students. Such as some international students who are undertaking English language training specifically in Australia. Although there are several private Australian institutions offer English language training scholarships.

The International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS) scheme enables international students to undertakes a postgraduate research qualification in Australia, allowing them to gain experience while working with leading Australian researchers. The scholarship almost covers full tuition fees and health cover costs for scholarship holders. They also ensure health cover costs for their dependents.

Living Costs

International students are required to follow Migration regulations in Australia. They required to show evidence that they can contribute to the cost of living and studying in Australia. In order to ensure that all the students are able to make the most of their studies. Also to have a safe and enjoyable experience in Australia. Although the students can supplement their income with the money earned through part-time work in Australia. The “living costs” requirement ensures that they don’t have to rely on this work to satisfy all of their expenses. Under the Migration Regulations of Australia, prospective students visa applicants and their family members must have access to the following funds in order to meet the living costs requirements:


  • Hostels and Guesthouses- AUD 90 to AUD 150 per week
  • Shared Rental or Paying Guest- AUD 85 to AUD 215 per week
  • On-campus Hostels – AUD 90 to AUD 280 per week
  • Rental Houses – AUD 165 to AUD 440 per week

Other Living Expenses

  • Food – AUD 80 to AUD 280 per week
  • Gas, electricity – AUD 35 to AUD 140 per week
  • Phone and Internet – AUD 20 to AUD 55 per week
  • Public transport – AUD 15 to AUD 55 per week

Minimum Cost of Living

In particular, the Department of Home Affairs has financial requirements that one must meet in order to receive a student visa from Australia. From the 1st of  February 2018, the approx. 12-month living cost is:

  • Applicant – AUD 20,290
  • Partner or spouse – AUD 7,100
  • Child – AUD 3,040

Cost of Living in Australia – Living cost in Top 3 Expensive Cities  

Average Prices (AUD) in Sydney, Australia

Rent: 2299.20
Groceries: Milk per gallon 5.55, Bread 2.56, Chicken per pound 4.57
Eating out per person: 15 – 30
Transportation: Monthly Pass 180, Gas 5.11 /gallon

Monthly living: 3000

Average Prices (AUD) in Brisbane, Australia

Rent: 1457.37
Groceries: Milk per gallon 4.95, Bread 2 Chicken Breasts (per pound) 4.53
Eating Out per person: 17 – 30
Transportation: Monthly Pass 150, Gallon of Gas 5.24
Fun: Movie Ticket 14, Cappuccino 4.62

Monthly Living: 1900

Average Prices (AUD) in Melbourne, Australia

Rent: 1527.21
Groceries: Milk per gallon 4.93, Bread 2.46, Chicken Breasts (per pound) 4.45
Eating Out per person: 15 – 30
Transportation: Monthly Pass 147, Gallon of Gas 5.16
Fun: Movie Ticket 19, Cappuccino 4.23


source: Data from Australian Trade and Investment Commission

Posted By, Shubham Sharma


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