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
Accommodation
Homestay (fully catered meals)
Homestay (shared room no meals)
Renting (shared house or flat)1
One bedroom flat or apartment8
Chisholm College (non-catered)
Establishment costs
Bond2 0 0 563 1213 500
Rent in advance 1100 760 563 1213 0
Telephone, internet and utilities connection 0 0 50
130 500
Establishment costs (household items, furniture 2404 2404 500 1000 2155
Total 1340 1000
1676
3556 1988
Annual costs
Books, stationery, photocopying, etc. 800 800 800 800 800
Weekly costs
Weekly rent/board 275 190 130 280 179
Food, groceries and personal items 20 90
90 90 90
Personal items/health/clothing11
30
30
30
60
30
Utilities (gas, electricity, mobile phone, internet) 20 20
60 100
10
Travel (public transport, fuel)3 50 50
50
50
20
Spending money 80 80 80 80 80
Average weekly costs 475 460 440
660 409
Estimated for academic year (37 weeks) 18 615
18 060
18 193
27 563
17 130
Bendigo
Accommodation
Homestay (fully catered meals)
Homestay (shared room no meals)
Renting (shared house or flat)1
One bedroom flat or apartment7
Campus (non-catered)10
Establishment costs
Bond2 0 0 529 966
500
Rent in advance 1100 760
529 966
0
Telephone, internet and utilities connection 0 0 50 130 5008
Establishment costs (household items, furniture 2404 2404 510 1000 2205
Total 1340 1000 1618 3062 1220
Annual costs
Books, stationery, photocopying, etc. 800 800 800 800 800
Weekly costs
Weekly rent/board 275 190 122 223 164
Food, groceries
20
90
90
90
90
Personal items/health/clothing
30
30
30
60
30
Utilities (gas, electricity, mobile phone, internet) 20
20
60
100
10
Travel (public transport, fuel)3 25
25
25
25
10
Spending money 80 80 80 80 80
Average weekly costs 450
435
407
578 384
Estimate for one academic year (37 weeks) 17 690
17 135
16 948
24 282
16 228
Albury-Wodonga
Accommodation
Homestay (fully catered all meals)
Renting (shared house or flat)1
One bedroom flat7
Campus (non-catered)
Establishment costs
Bond 0
520 650 433
Rent in advance 1100
520 650 0
Telephone, internet and utilities connection 0
50 130 0
Establishment costs (household items, furniture 2404
500 1000 505
Total 1340
1590 2430 550
Annual costs
Books, stationery, photocopying, etc. 800
800 800 800
Weekly costs
Weekly rent/board 275
120 150 125
Food, groceries
20
90
90
90
Personal items/health/clothing11
30
30
60
30
Utilities (gas, electricity, mobile phone, internet) 20
60
100
20
Travel (public transport, fuel)3 30
30 30 10
Spending money 80
80 80 80
Average weekly costs 455
410
510 355
Estimate for one academic year (37 weeks) 17 875
17 040
21 450
14 485
Mildura
Accommodation
Renting (shared house or flat)
One bedroom flat7
Campus (non-catered)
Establishment costs
Bond 433
715
500
Rent in advance 433
715
0
Telephone, internet and utilities connection 50 130 0
Establishment costs (household items, furniture 500 1000 250
Total 1416 2560 750
Annual costs
Books, stationery, photocopying, etc. 800 800 800
Weekly costs
Weekly rent/board 100
165 130
Food, groceries
90 90
90
Personal items/health/clothing
30
60
30
Utilities (gas, electricity, mobile phone, internet) 60
100 30
Travel (public transport, fuel) 30 30 10
Spending money 80 80 80
Average weekly costs 390
5025 370
Estimate for one academic year (37 weeks) 16 213
22 070
15 240
Shepparton
Accommodation
Renting (shared house or flat)1
One bedroom flat7
Establishment costs
Bond 433 650
Rent in advance 433
650
Telephone, internet and utilities connection 40 130
Establishment costs (household items, furniture 500 1000
Total 1406 2430
Annual costs
Books, stationery, photocopying, etc. 800 800
Weekly costs
Weekly rent/board 100
150
Food, groceries and personal items 90 90

30
60
Utilities (gas, electricity, mobile phone, internet) 60
100
Travel (public transport, fuel) 26
26
Spending money 80 80
Average weekly costs 386 506
Estimate for one academic year (37 weeks) 16 055
21 302

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 costs
Couple 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
Bond 1360 1360 1360
Rent in advance 1360 1360 1360
Telephone, internet and utilities connection 60 60
60
Establishment costs (household items, furniture 1500 1500 1500
Total 4280 4280 4280
Annual family costs
Books, stationery, photocopying, etc. 800 800 800
Health insurance 870 1487
1487
Clothing 850 850 1000
School/Kindergarten fees (incl. application fees) 1220 7590 11 130
School uniform N/A 250 300
Miscellaneous school costs (incursions, excursions, etc.) N/A 150 500
Total 3740 11 127
15 217
Weekly costs
Weekly rent/board 340 340 347
Food, groceries and personal items 190 220 250
Utilities (gas, electricity, mobile phone, internet) 90
90 90
Travel (public transport, fuel) 75 94 94
Spending money 150 200 200
Average weekly costs 845 944 981
Estimate for one academic year (37 weeks) 39 284
50 334
53 093

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