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Cost of Living

Knowing the average living costs in Australia is an important part of your financial preparation. For your reference, here are some of the costs associated with living and studying in Australia.

(All costs are in Australian dollars)

Accommodation

These accommodation fees are for one person only

  • Hostels and Guesthouses - $80 to $135 per week
  • Shared Rental - $70 to $250 per week
  • On campus in universities- $80 to $250 per week
  • Homestay - $110 to $270 per week
  • Boarding schools - $10,000 to $20,000 a year
  • One bedroom apartments - $350 to $550 per week

For more information about renting and buying property in Australia, please click on housing in about Australia page.

Other living expenses

  • Groceries and eating out - $80 to $200 per week
  • Gas, electricity - $60 to $100 per week
  • Phone and Internet - $20 to $50 per week
  • Public transport - $10 to $50 per week
  • Car (after purchase) - $150 to $250 per week
  • Entertainment - $50 to $100 per week

Groceries

You can visit the below supermarket websites and see the grocery prices to have an idea how much your grocery shopping costs. We have also prepared a super market shopping list for a family of four from Coles for your reference.

  • Click here for a sample of shopping list for a family of four
  • Click here for Online grocery shopping at Coles
  • Click here for grocery shopping at Aldi

Purchasing a car

Whether you would like to purchase a new or second hand car, carsales is one of Australia’s biggest car sale website.

Phone and Internet

There are numerous home phone and mobile providers in Australia. You may choose a plan or a prepaid option according to your needs and budget. Below are the websites of some of the biggest providers in Australia. You may have a look at their prices and compare:

Public Transport

Trains and Trams

Depending where you will live, the public transport fees varies between states. The below are the websites of the trains in Queensland, Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia:

Taxis

  • Taxis (cabs) are readily available in metropolitan and regional areas and they are easily recognised by their bright yellow colour.
  • To hire a taxi in Australia you can make a phone booking, wait at a taxi-cab rank or hail a taxi from the side of the road. Fares are metered. Extra charges apply for telephone booking, toll charges and late-night services.
  • All taxis must be registered and the driver must display his/her identification in the car.

Minimum cost of living

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has financial requirements you must meet in order to receive a student visa. Below is a guide on the requirements you must meet to study in Australia which is a good indication of a minimum expenses for a family on a student visa.

  • You: $19,830
  • Your Partner: $6,940
  • Each dependent child: $2,970
  • Schooling costs for dependent children: $8,000

All costs are per year in Australian dollars. To convert to your own currency, please click here.

Average Living Cost for Family OF four in Brisbane (Queensland)

Public Schools are free for Permanent Residents

Expenses Description

Per Month

Rent (3 or 4 bedroom house in outern Brisbane Suburbs)

$1500 to $2500

Supermarket shopping

$400 to $800

Home phone, Mobile and Internet

$150 to $200

Electricity

$350 to $800

Transport / Petrol

$200 to $400

Private health insurance

$200 to $300

Clothing

$200 to $800

Entertainment

$100 to $300

**Public Schools are free for Permanent Residents