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 2015 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
Bond2005751239500
Rent in advance11007605751239773
Telephone, internet and utilities connection0055143500
Establishment costs (household items, furniture2404240451210242205
Total13401000166636441993
Annual costs
Books, stationery, photocopying, etc.819819819819819
Weekly costs
Weekly rent/board285190133286179
Food, groceries and personal items2092929292
Personal items/health/clothing113131316131
Utilities (gas, electricity, mobile phone, internet)22226611011
Travel (public transport, fuel)35555555522
Spending money8282828282
Average weekly costs495471458686416
Estimated for academic year (36 weeks)18 86618 02618 45027 91717 019
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
Bond200540987500
Rent in advance11007605409870
Telephone, internet and utilities connection00501305008
Establishment costs (household items, furniture2404240451210242205
Total13401000164631401220
Annual costs
Books, stationery, photocopying, etc.819819819819819
Weekly costs
Weekly rent/board285190125228164
Food, groceries20929292929
Personal items/health/clothing 113131316131
Utilities (gas, electricity, mobile phone, internet)22226611011
Travel (public transport, fuel)32727272711
Spending money8282828282
Average weekly costs467444423600391
Estimate for one academic year (36 weeks)17 88517 04517 14024 58916 097
Albury-Wodonga
AccommodationHomestay (fully catered all meals)Renting (shared house or flat)1Campus (non-catered)
Establishment costs
Bond0531500
Rent in advance11005310
Telephone, internet and utilities connection0552008
Establishment costs (household items, furniture24045122205
Total13401629920
Annual costs
Books, stationery, photocopying, etc.819819819
Weekly costs
Weekly rent/board2851231125
Food, groceries209292
Personal items/health/clothing11313131
Utilities (gas, electricity, mobile phone, internet)226622
Travel (public transport, fuel)3333311
Spending money828282
Average weekly costs473426363
Estimate for one academic year (36 weeks)18 08117 25414 796
Mildura
AccommodationRenting (shared house or flat)1Campus (non-catered)
Establishment costs
Bond442500
Rent in advance4420
Telephone, internet and utilities connection550
Establishment costs (household items, furniture5122505
Total1452750
Annual costs
Books, stationery, photocopying, etc.819819
Weekly costs
Weekly rent/board102130
Food, groceries9292
Personal items/health/clothing3131
Utilities (gas, electricity, mobile phone, internet)6633
Travel (public transport, fuel)3311
Spending money8282
Average weekly costs406379
Estimate for one academic year (37 weeks)16 43015 202
Shepparton
AccommodationRenting (shared house or flat)1One bedroom flat7
Establishment costs
Bond442664
Rent in advance442664
Telephone, internet and utilities connection55143
Establishment costs (household items, furniture5121024
Total14522494
Annual costs
Books, stationery, photocopying, etc.819819
Weekly costs
Weekly rent/board102153
Food, groceries and personal items9292
Personal items/health/clothing 113161
Utilities (gas, electricity, mobile phone, internet)66110
Travel (public transport, fuel)2828
Spending money8282
Average weekly costs401527
Estimate for one academic year (37 weeks)16 27321 622
Sydney
AccommodationHomestay (fully catered all meals12)Renting (shared house or flat)1One bedroom flat or apartment7
Establishment costs
Bond06501517
Rent in advance10806001400
Telephone, internet and utilities connection060180
Establishment costs (household items, furniture2605121024
Total134018224121
Annual costs
Books, stationery, photocopying, etc.820820820
Weekly costs
Weekly rent/board270150305
Food, groceries30100100
Personal items/health/clothing11505080
Utilities (gas, electricity, mobile phone, internet)2560100
Travel (public transport, fuel)3404040
Spending money100100100
Average weekly costs515500770
Estimate for one academic year (36 weeks)20 70020 64232 661

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

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