Bendigo living costs

Below are tables for the average cost of living for a single student and grocery costs.

Average living costs for single students

The following table shows estimated average annual costs for a single student sharing rental accommodation, living in a one-bedroom flat or living in on-campus accomodation (catered and non-catered). Total figures are for the 37 weeks of the academic year only. Please note that we have not included the cost of clothing or travel expenses for leisure purposes.

Average living costs for one student
Type of accommodation Renting shared house or flat One bedroom flat/ apartment On-campus non- catered On-campus  catered
Establishment Costs
Bond2 3031 475 270 270
Rent in Advance 3031 475 10003 10003
Telephone Connection 201 59 n/a n/a
General Establishment Costs (furniture, linen, crockery etc.) 1301 250 140 n/a
Total 756 1259 1410 1270

Annual Costs A$

Books, Stationary, Photocopying; etc. 600 600 600 600
Work visa (payable once only) 60 60 60 60
Total 660 660 660 660
Weekly Costs (Averages) A$
Weekly Rent/Board 701 110 1313 2103
Household 'Kitty' (food/cleaning products etc.) 50 50 50 n/a
Food (lunch and snacks Mon-Fri) 30 30 30 30
Utilities (gas, electricity, phone) 20 30 10 10
Trave (public transport/fuel) 20 20 15 15
Spending Money 40 40 40 40
Average Weekly Costs 230 280 276 305
Total Weekly Costs (37 weeks) 8,510 10,360 10,212 11,285
Total Estimate (37 weeks) 9,623 11,804 12,012 12,945
  1. Assumed shared with two others.
  2. Bond: This is usually refunded at the end of your stay provided no money is owing (and that you have given the required period of notice), and that you have caused no damage to property.
  3. Please note that Residential Services fees and charges for non-campus accommodation are subject to change for 2007.

Shopping

Department stores and most other shops are open 9.00am to 5.00pm, with later night shopping Thursdays and Fridays, and shorter shopping hours on weekends. Coles supermarket and some convenience stores are open 24 hours.

Shopping (compiled at Coles supermarket, October 2006)
Item Coles (A$)
Apple (1kg) 2.85
Orange (1kg) 2.48
Eggplant (1kg) 1.68
Broccoli (1kg) 4.95
Carrots (1kg) 2.48
Spinach (bunch) 2.78
Bok Choy (bunch) 1.48
Potato (1kg) 2.00
Onion (1kg) 2.98
Tomato (1kg) 3.98
Lettuce (each) 1.48
Chicken wings (1kg) 2.50
Chicken fillet (1kg) 11.99
Pork chops (1kg) 8.49

Key: kg = kilogram, g = gram, mL = millilitre, L = litre