Living costs

To help you plan and prepare your budget, below you will find the Australian Government estimated costs of living and studying in Australia.

Check the Cheap and Free Guide (PDF 464KB)* for some tips on how to save time and money in Melbourne.

Please be aware that these costs will vary depending on your accommodation type, lifestyle and other factors.

Estimated price ranges


For information on estimated weekly prices for off-campus rentals around your area, visit accommodation living costs.

Other Living Expenses

  • Groceries and eating out - $80 to $280 per week
  • Gas, electricity - $35 to $140 per week
  • Phone and Internet - $20 to $55 per week
  • Public transport - $15 to $55 per week
  • Car (after purchase) - $150 to $260 per week
  • Entertainment - $80 to $150 per week

Minimum cost of living

The Department of Home Affairs has financial requirements you must meet in order to receive a student visa for Australia. From 23 October 2019 the following annual living costs are recommended:

  • Student - $21,041
  • Spouse or partner - $7,362
  • Child - $3,152

All costs are per year in Australian dollars. To convert to your own currency, visit

Need more information?

The Australian Government provides information and guidance on managing your finances. You can read more at or you can visit

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