Living costs

To help you plan and prepare your budget, these tables provide estimated costs of living and studying at each campus. The costs will vary depending on your accommodation type, lifestyle and other factors.

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The table below shows estimated average annual costs for a single student sharing rental accommodation, living in a one bedroom flat, living in Homestay (that is, living with a family or individual in their home) or living on campus (non-catered).

Please note: these costs are based on 2016 and students should allow for a four to five per cent increase in living expenses. Total figures are for 36 weeks of the academic year only, and exclude the cost of clothing or travel expenses for leisure purposes.

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Important table key

  1. Assumes shared with two others.
  2. Bond is usually refunded at the end of your stay provided no money is due, you have given the required period of notice, and that you have caused no damage to the property. Note that some private student accommodation providers will deduct a cleaning charge at the end of your stay.
  3. Transport for education and work purposes.
  4. Placement fee for Homestay service.
  5. Includes non-refundable costs of social and transition programs and other miscellaneous fees. This cost may be lower for students who are in-residence for only one semester or who commence at Semester 2 (July).
  6. Limited on-campus accommodation is available at Shepparton.
  7. Tenants are legally liable to pay rent for 52 weeks when signing a lease for one year.
  8. This includes facilities, services and internet connection and usage. This cost may be lower for students who are only in-residence for one semester or who commence at Semester 2 (July).
  9. Catering is available at all on-campus accommodation in Bendigo for an extra A$130 per week. Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday to Thursday and breakfast and lunch on  Fridays.
  10. Multiple accommodation options are available at Bendigo. In addition to The Units, there are the new Hillside Apartments, Orde House and The Terraces.
  11. Costs will vary depending on your lifestyle.

Average living costs for one student (A$)

Melbourne
AccommodationHomestay (fully catered meals)Homestay (shared room no meals)Renting (shared house or flat)1One bedroom flat or apartment8Chisholm College (non-catered)
Establishment costs
Bond2006511282550
Rent in advance118072065112820
Telephone, internet and utilities connection00551430
Establishment costs (household items, furniture2804280451211006805
Total14601000186938071230
Annual costs
Books, stationery, photocopying, etc.650650650650650
Weekly costs
Weekly rent/board295180150295203
Food, groceries and personal items2195959595
Personal items/health/clothing113232326332
Utilities (gas, electricity, mobile phone, internet)23236915023
Travel (public transport, fuel)34040404029
Spending money80808012080
Average weekly costs491449465763461
Estimated for academic year (36 weeks)19 76817 81419 25931 90718 476
Bendigo
AccommodationHomestay (fully catered meals)Homestay (shared room no meals)Renting (shared house or flat)1One bedroom flat or apartment7Campus (non-catered)10
Establishment costs
Bond2006511282550
Rent in advance118072065112820
Telephone, internet and utilities connection00551430
Establishment costs (household items, furniture2804280451211006805
Total14601000161031551230
Annual costs
Books, stationery, photocopying, etc.650650650650650
Weekly costs
Weekly rent/board295180120220186
Food, groceries20929292929
Personal items/health/clothing 113131316131
Utilities (gas, electricity, mobile phone, internet)22226611023
Travel (public transport, fuel)32727272711
Spending money8080808080
Average weekly costs475432416591423
Estimate for one academic year (36 weeks)19 22617 20717 24125 07617 100
Albury-Wodonga
AccommodationHomestay (fully catered all meals)Renting (shared house or flat)1Campus (non-catered)
Establishment costs
Bond06085502
Rent in advance11806080
Telephone, internet and utilities connection0550
Establishment costs (household items, furniture28045136805
Total146017841230
Annual costs
Books, stationery, photocopying, etc.650650650
Weekly costs
Weekly rent/board29514011788
Food, groceries209292
Personal items/health/clothing11313131
Utilities (gas, electricity, mobile phone, internet)226622
Travel (public transport, fuel)3333311
Spending money808080
Average weekly costs481442414
Estimate for one academic year (36 weeks)19 42218 33116 776
Mildura
AccommodationRenting (shared house or flat)1Campus (non-catered)
Establishment costs
Bond607550
Rent in advance6070
Telephone, internet and utilities connection550
Establishment costs (household items, furniture5126805
Total17801230
Annual costs
Books, stationery, photocopying, etc.650650
Weekly costs
Weekly rent/board1401598
Food, groceries9292
Personal items/health/clothing3131
Utilities (gas, electricity, mobile phone, internet)6633
Travel (public transport, fuel)3311
Spending money8080
Average weekly costs442406
Estimate for one academic year (37 weeks)17 72116 488
Shepparton
AccommodationRenting (shared house or flat)1One bedroom flat7
Establishment costs
Bond652739
Rent in advance652739
Telephone, internet and utilities connection55143
Establishment costs (household items, furniture5121024
Total18712644
Annual costs
Books, stationery, photocopying, etc.650650
Weekly costs
Weekly rent/board150170
Food, groceries and personal items9292
Personal items/health/clothing 113161
Utilities (gas, electricity, mobile phone, internet)66110
Travel (public transport, fuel)2828
Spending money8080
Average weekly costs447542
Estimate for one academic year (37 weeks)17 96922 066
Sydney
AccommodationHomestay (fully catered all meals12)Renting (shared house or flat)1One bedroom flat or apartment7
Establishment costs
Bond07151669
Rent in advance11807151669
Telephone, internet and utilities connection060180
Establishment costs (household items, furniture28045641124
Total146018224121
Annual costs
Books, stationery, photocopying, etc.750750750
Weekly costs
Weekly rent/board295150350
Food, groceries20100100
Personal items/health/clothing11505080
Utilities (gas, electricity, mobile phone, internet)2580110
Travel (public transport, fuel)3606060
Spending money100100100
Average weekly costs550540880
Estimate for one academic year (36 weeks)22 01022 06634 192

Average living costs for families (all campuses) (A$)

The following table shows estimated average costs for a couple with one child, living in a two-bedroom unit/house and a child to study at government school.

Establishment costsCouple with pre-school aged child (0-5)Couple with primary school aged child (5-11)Couple with secondary school aged child (12-18)
Establishment costs
Bond136013601360
Rent in advance136013601360
Telephone, internet and utilities connection606060
Establishment costs (household items, furniture150015001500
Total428042804280
Annual family costs
Books, stationery, photocopying, etc.800800800
Health insurance87014871487
Clothing8508501000
School/Kindergarten fees (incl. application fees)1220759011 130
School uniformN/A250300
Miscellaneous school costs (incursions, excursions, etc.)N/A150500
Total374011 12715 217
Weekly costs
Weekly rent/board340340347
Food, groceries and personal items190220250
Utilities (gas, electricity, mobile phone, internet)909090
Travel (public transport, fuel)759494
Spending money150200200
Average weekly costs845944981
Estimate for one academic year (37 weeks)39 28450 33453 093