Education and living costs

Knowing the average cost of living and studying in Australia is an important part of your application and financial preparation
Course and study costs in Australia will depend on the education provider and level of study you choose. There may be additional costs for your course, including course materials and access to institution facilities. Students should refer to their provider’s payment conditions for specific advice.

Education costs

* Note: This does not include high cost of delivery courses such as veterinary and medical. Please visit institution websites directly to see costs for these courses.

Study in Australia Website

Costs of living presented by the Australian Government’s official resource for international students —
This site is managed by Austrade – the Australian Trade and Investment Commission – and contains links to other official Federal and State Government departments and authorities. You can be confident that the information presented on these pages comes from certified, impartial and reliable sources.

Cost of living

The Department of Home Affairs has financial requirements you must meet in order to receive a student visa for Australia.

Refer to the step by step Student Visa Subclass 500 application and Document Checklist Tool for details on how to provide the evidence required to cover the costs of your stay, including your travel, study and living expenses.

As of October 2019 the 12-month living costs are;
  • For students or guardians – AUD$21,041
  • For partners coming with you – AUD$7,362
  • For a child coming with you – AUD$3,152

The Home Affairs website covers in more detail how to work out how much money you might need to cover the costs of your stay in Australia as international student.

The Insider Guides ‘Cost of Living Calculator’ is also a useful, practical tool to help estimate your cost of living in Australia

If you experience financial trouble while in Australia, talk to your institution’s international student support and student accommodation services staff for assistance.
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