Study costs in Australia

Australia is an ideal place to enjoy a quality education and outstanding quality of life. Australia offers value for your money, with living expenses (such as private rent) and tuition costs comparable with the United States and United Kingdom. You can earn a small amount by working part-time up to 40 hours every two weeks while you study. However, you cannot rely on this as your only source of income.

Visa requirements

To receive a student visa, you will have to prove that you have enough money to pay for living expenses, education costs and travel for the entire duration of your course. Visa conditions prohibit you from paying all your expenses from part-time jobs.

Insurance and Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)

You need to maintain insurance called Overseas Student Health Cover(OSHC) while your student visa is valid. You will also be responsible for your own accident and property insurance. It is also advisable to purchase travel insurance before leaving your country to cover lost baggage, cancellation of plane tickets and repatriation.

1. University tuition fees in Australia

Australia has around 40 public universities, two international and one private university, providing any type of study degree you can imagine, from business and engineering to history and arts. Tuition fees range depending on the discipline you choose to study, degree level and university.Australia is one of the most expensive countries when it comes to university costs, as the average tuition fee for one year is 33,400 AUD.

Average tuition based on degree level:

 
  • Bachelor’s degree: between 15,000 and 33,000 AUD/year
  • Master’s and PhD degree: between 14,000 – 37,000 AUD/year

2. Student living costs in Australia

Average living costs in Australian cities
Generally, students would need between 1,800 and 2,500 AUD/month to cover all their living expenses, including accommodation, food and social activities.
Check the average budget you would need for each of the most popular student cities in Australia:

 
  • Sydney : around 2,500 AUD/month.
  • Adelaide : around 1,700 AUD/month.
  • Brisbane : around 1,800 AUD/month.
  • Melbourne : around 1,200 AUD/month.
  • Canberra : around 1,000 AUD/month.

Accommodation costs in Australia
Most universities only provide a small number of student dormitories for on-campus-accommodation in Australia. The majority of international students find housing in a homestay with a local family, a rental property or a guest house.
Most common accommodation options for students in Australia:

 
  • Home stay: costs around 440 – 1,080 AUD/month.
  • Guest houses: prices are between 320 and 540 AUD/month.
  • Student halls of residence: rates start from cost 320 and lead up to 1,000 AUD/month.
  • Rent an apartment: average prices of 1,700 AUD/month

Prices also vary depending on the city; for instance, renting an apartment in Canberra can cost you between 1,400 and 1,700 AUD/month, while Sydney is the most expensive city, especially accommodation wise. Prices for rent for a single bedroom flat can reach up to 2,200 AUD/month.

Food costs in Australia

Groceries are available in local supermarkets and usually require around 80 – 200 AUD/week. Save some money and do your shopping at the cheapest supermarkets, like Aldi, Coles and Woolworths.The average cost of a meal in an inexpensive restaurant costs 16 AUD while a three-course meal for two is 80 AUD.

Transportation costs in Australia

Some universities have a private transport supplier that helps students who stay on campus late or have to reach some difficult areas. The Australian government offers free transport to international students who enrol in the ACTION programme.

 
    • Depending on the area you are living in, you can benefit from other discounts from state programmes such as QLD (Queensland), SA (South Australia) or VIC (Melbourne).
    • Otherwise, a public transport pass for students would cost between 30 and 70 AUD/month, depending on the city.
    • You can also get around the city using a bicycle and Melbourne is one of the most bike friendly cities; you can rent a bicycle with around 40 AUD per day.

Extra costs

Books, supplies, and other learning materials: from 500 to 1,000 AUD/year.
Health insurance: rates start from 25-30 AUD/month

3. Funding & student support

The Australian government supports international students and grants them enough choices in aid for their studies; annual state investment exceeds 200,000,000 AUD.
Examples of scholarships for international students:

 
    • Australia Awards – scholarships and fellowships funded by the Australian Government that cover full tuition fees, travel expenses and part of the monthly living costs among others
    • APEC Women in Research Fellowship Program –financial support dedicated to female researchers from developing APEC economies who plan to pursue a research programme in partnership with Australian
      universities and research institutions
    • Endeavour Postgraduate Awards – offers financial support to international students who enrol in a Master’s or PhD degree. The scholarships include tuition fees, travel allowance, establishment allowance, monthly stipend as well as health and travel insurance.