Cost of living

The tables below compare estimated average annual costs for one student in three types of accommodation:

  • shared rental accommodation with two other people
  • home board with all meals provided
  • on-campus accommodation (meals not provided).

Average living costs for one student (A$)


Shared
house (with 2 others)
Home board
(all meals included)
On-campus residences
(no meals included)
Establishment costs



Bond
380 693
300
Rent in advance
380 693
(fees in advance) 2178
Connecting utilities (e.g. phone, gas, electricity)
40
0
0
Other costs (e.g. furniture) 500
(placement fee) 350
(other fees) 350
Establishment total
1300
1736
2828



Weekly costs      
Rent/board
  95
160
115
Food, groceries
and personal items
100
 30
100
Utilities (gas, electricity,
mobile phone, internet)
  35
 15
 15
Travel to uni and work   30
 30
 20
Spending money
  80  80
  80
Weekly total  340 315   330
       
 Annual costs (37 weeks)      
 Establishment costs, less rent in advance  920  1043  650
 Books, stationery, photocopying, etc.  800  800  800
 Weekly costs x 37 weeks  12580  11655  12210
     
ANNUAL TOTAL  14300 13498   13660

About the estimates

  • These estimates are for the 37-week academic year. If you live on campus, that’s how long you will stay. We have included 37 weeks of house rental for comparison. Note that house rental leases are usually for a full year and if you sign the lease you are committed to 52 weeks of rent. Before you sign a lease, you can ask the rental agent if a six-month lease is possible.
  • We have excluded the cost of clothing or travel for leisure.
  • Costs are based on 2011 prices. Students starting in 2012 should allow for a 4%-5% increase in living expenses.
  • Bond is calculated as equivalent to 4 weeks rent. It is refunded at the end of your tenancy.
  • We have included 4 weeks rent in advance in the establishment costs. It is not included separately in the annual costs, because it is counted in the 37 weeks rent.
  • See renting rights and responsibilities for more information about bond and rent in advance.