Sydney is a reasonably priced city providing good quality affordable living and abundant accommodation. You should work out a budget covering accommodation, food, transport, clothing and entertainment. Childcare, if applicable, should also be taken into account.
The Department of Home Affairs has financial requirements you must meet in order to receive a student visa for Australia. From 1 July 2016 the 12-month living cost is:
- You – $20,290
- Partner or spouse – $7,100
- Child – $3,040
Australia is a sophisticated, friendly and affordable country that enjoys one of the highest standards of living in the world. The average international student in Australia spends about $440 per week on accommodation; food; clothing; entertainment; transport; international and domestic travel; telephone; incidental costs. School students in Australia typically spend about $299 per week on accommodation and food, entertainment, transport and associated items. While this is a realistic guide, it is important to remember that individual circumstances will vary by location, course and lifestyle.
The cost of living depends a lot on the kind of accommodation a student chooses. A married student with dependents will need approximately an additional AU$2,970 per year for each dependent plus AU$6,940 for their spouse or partner.
The lifestyle in Australia is safe and friendly. Australians have a high standard of living. The climate is pleasant, there is plenty of food and the vast natural resources in Australia enable most people to live well.
Fruit, vegetables and meat are available fresh and at reasonable prices. Clothing and personal effects are usually good quality and available at a wide variety of prices.
Below is a price table of typical daily items. This is only a guide. Remember that you can shop around for items such as clothing and shoes to find a cheaper source.
|Milk 1 litre $1.36
||Shoes 1 pair $162.00
|Bread 1 loaf $2.23
||Jeans 1 pair $98.00
|Apples 1 kg $4.62
||Toothpaste 140g $3.80
|Potatoes 1 kg $3.67
||Shampoo 500ml $5.71
|Chicken breast 500gm $6.00
|Eggs 1 dozen $7.00
||Hairdresser (men’s and ladies)$25.00 to $140.00
|cheese 500gm $11.00
|Coca-Cola 2 litres $3.20
||Cinema ticket $25.00
|Tomatoes 1 kg $5.56
||Public transport city an inner suburbs monthly $149.00 for a monthly pass.