Cost of Living and Studying in Australia for International Students

Last updated: 29 January 2024 Student Experience Student Finance

Australia is a dream destination for many due to its worldwide reputation, subject rankings, innovative technologies, quality lifestyle, and stable economy. But before you consider Australia your study destination, you must know the cost of studying in Australia and other associated expenses.

To get an in-depth understanding of living costs in Australia for students, it is essential to know the associated costs. Living expenses in Australia mainly depend on lifestyle preferences and choices. Monthly, the average cost of living for international students ranges from $1400 to $2500, including food, travelling, social activities, and other accommodations. Brisbane, Sydney, and Canberra are some of the most expensive cities in Australia. 

Learn more below, and to have any further questions answered about the cost of living in Australia as an international student, contact SI-Australia for a free consultation today.

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Australia Living Expenses for Students: Public Vs Private Universities

Australia is a mix of private and public universities, having distinct fee structures. The government funds public universities and offers low tuition fees. On the other hand, private universities in Australia provide specialised courses and programs with smaller classrooms and unique academic experiences.

Overall, the total living costs in Australia for international students depend on the choice of institution and course of study. Here is a breakdown of living costs in Australia (based on the university type).

Australian Public Universities


Average Living Expenses for International Students (annually)

University of Melbourne

$20,290 - $31,870

Monash University

$30,000 - $45,000

University of Sydney

$26,000 - $44,500

Australian National University

$26,000 - $42,560

University of Queensland, Brisbane

$24,000 - $73,204

Australian Private Universities


Average Living Expenses for International Students (annually)

The University of Notre Dame, Australia

$20,000 - $25,000

Carneige Mellon University

$40,000 - $62,250

Bond University

$43,200- $64,872

Kenvale College

$26, 000

Tuition Fees in Australia

The average yearly fees in Australia can vary depending on the courses (bachelor's/master’s or PhD). For example, a bachelor’s degree fee can range from $9,000 to $50,000, and a master’s degree fee can range from $9,000 to $54,000.


Annual Fees (average)

Australian National University

$46,000 to $48,000

University of Melbourne

$45,000 to $47,000

University of Sydney

$50,000 to $54,000

University of New South Wales

$7,000 to $11,000

University of Queensland

$2,900 to $3,500/ credit

Monash University

$37,000 to $45,000

University of Western Australia


University of Adelaide 

$45,000 to $48,000

University of Technology Sydney

$1,256 per credit

University of Wollongong

$14,000/semester - $16,000/ Semester

International students can apply for education loans from nationalized banks, private banks, and non-bank financial companies to manage their costs better.

Student Accommodation Cost

Most Australian universities offer on-campus residence facilities. However, one can also apply for off-campus residence facilities to share with other students or stay alone with a local Australian family. The rent is paid every two weeks in advance. However, the rentals can vary from city to city. 

According to the Australian Government website, here is a breakdown of the weekly costs of the accommodation options. 

Accommodation Type

Cost per week

Hostels and Guesthouses

$90 to $150

Shared rental

$95 to $215

On campus

$110 to $280


$235 to $325


$185 to $440

Average Cost of Living per City

Besides the average cost of living, location also plays a vital role in stay options. For example, living expenses in Sydney are higher for international students than in Canberra or the Gold Coast.


Average Cost of Living







Gold Coast






Cost of Attendance in Australia

The cost of attendance in Australia involves your pre-arrival expenses and cost of living. The pre-arrival fees will come out to approximately $3,000, which includes your airfare, standardized exam charges, college application fees, and visa charges. 

On the other hand, the cost of living depends on the factors such as accommodation, commuting options, food, etc. Students can plan for short-term accommodations to minimize their living expenses. 

Living Expenses 

Australia’s annual student cost of living will come to around $35,000, which covers food, transport, grocery, accommodation, and other minimal expenses. Here is a breakdown of the living costs in Australia for students - 


Average cost per month



Food and Groceries

$208 -$416


$44 - $89

Household Bills

$20- $50



Cost of Australia Student Visa

Anyone studying abroad must have an Australian student visa, which costs $630.

Other Expenses

Health Insurance

$609 - $3438

Sufficient Fund Proof

$20,290/ yearly

Application fee payment


Study in Australia

If you want to learn more about living and study in Australia, arrange a free consultation with SI-Australia today.


What is the cost of living in Australia for students?

The average annual cost of living in Australia for students is around $30,000 to $34,000, which is low compared to the cost of living in the UK and Canada. 

What is the cost of overseas student health coverage (OSHC)?

The cost of OSHC depends on the type of coverage you’ve selected. For singles, the minimum OSHC cover is $478/annually. However, for couples and family cover, it is $2600 and $4200 respectively. 

What is the average tuition fee for studying in Australia?

The tuition fee depends on the course, university, and duration you choose. However, the average tuition fee for a bachelor’s degree can range from $9,000 to $50,000, and a master’s degree can range from $9,000 to $54,000. 

Does the cost of studying UG and PG in Australia vary?

Yes, it varies because of the choice of course, duration, number of credit completions, and if applied for the scholarship program.

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