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 2013 prices and may vary in 2014. Students commencing in 2014 should allow for a four to five per cent increase in living expenses. Total figures are for 37 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
Bond2005631213500
Rent in advance110076056312130
Telephone, internet and utilities connection0050130500
Establishment costs (household items, furniture2404240450010002155
Total13401000167635561988
Annual costs
Books, stationery, photocopying, etc.800800800800800
Weekly costs
Weekly rent/board275190130280186.2
Food, groceries and personal items2090909090
Personal items/health/clothing113030306030
Utilities (gas, electricity, mobile phone, internet)20206010010
Travel (public transport, fuel)35050505020
Spending money8080808080
Average weekly costs475460440660416.2
Estimated for academic year (37 weeks)18 61518 06018 19327 56317 687.4
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
Bond200529966500
Rent in advance11007605299660
Telephone, internet and utilities connection00501305008
Establishment costs (household items, furniture2404240451010002205
Total13401000161830621220
Annual costs
Books, stationery, photocopying, etc.800800800800800
Weekly costs
Weekly rent/board275190122223164
Food, groceries2090909090
Personal items/health/clothing3030306030
Utilities (gas, electricity, mobile phone, internet)20206010010
Travel (public transport, fuel)32525252510
Spending money8080808080
Average weekly costs450435407578384
Estimate for one academic year (37 weeks)17 69017 13516 94824 28216 228
Albury-Wodonga
AccommodationHomestay (fully catered all meals)Renting (shared house or flat)1One bedroom flat7Campus (non-catered)
Establishment costs
Bond0520650433
Rent in advance11005206500
Telephone, internet and utilities connection0501300
Establishment costs (household items, furniture24045001000505
Total134015902430550
Annual costs
Books, stationery, photocopying, etc.800800800800
Weekly costs
Weekly rent/board275120150125
Food, groceries20909090
Personal items/health/clothing1130306030
Utilities (gas, electricity, mobile phone, internet)206010020
Travel (public transport, fuel)330303010
Spending money80808080
Average weekly costs455410510355
Estimate for one academic year (37 weeks)17 87517 04021 45014 485
Mildura
AccommodationRenting (shared house or flat)One bedroom flat7Campus (non-catered)
Establishment costs
Bond433715500
Rent in advance4337150
Telephone, internet and utilities connection501300
Establishment costs (household items, furniture5001000250
Total14162560750
Annual costs
Books, stationery, photocopying, etc.800800800
Weekly costs
Weekly rent/board100165130
Food, groceries909090
Personal items/health/clothing306030
Utilities (gas, electricity, mobile phone, internet)6010030
Travel (public transport, fuel)303010
Spending money808080
Average weekly costs3905025370
Estimate for one academic year (37 weeks)16 21322 07015 240
Shepparton
AccommodationRenting (shared house or flat)1One bedroom flat7
Establishment costs
Bond433650
Rent in advance433650
Telephone, internet and utilities connection40130
Establishment costs (household items, furniture5001000
Total14062430
Annual costs
Books, stationery, photocopying, etc.800800
Weekly costs
Weekly rent/board100150
Food, groceries and personal items9090
 3060
Utilities (gas, electricity, mobile phone, internet)60100
Travel (public transport, fuel)2626
Spending money8080
Average weekly costs386506
Estimate for one academic year (37 weeks)16 05521 302

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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