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How much does it cost to study and live in Australia for international students?

Learn about the cost of study, living expenses and most affordable universities in Australia

Studying in Australia can be expensive but planning your budget smartly can help you get a hold on your finances effectively. Check out our comprehensive guide about the cost of study, tuition fees, living expenses and the most affordable universities in Australia, to help you plan well for your new life in Australia!

How much does it cost to study in Australia?

Your expenditure on tuition fee depends on the type of qualification and the university or school you opt for. For instance, veterinary and medical degrees cost substantially more than other degrees. The average tuition fees at one of Australia’s tertiary institutions ranges between $15,000 - 20,000 a year.

Study ProgramAverage Annual Fees in Australian Dollar ($)
1. School$7,800 to $30,000 annually
2.English language studies$300/week (varies as per course length)
3.Vocational Education and Training
(Certificates I to IV, Diploma and Advanced Diploma)
$4000 - $22,000 annually
4.Undergraduate Bachelor’s degree$15,000 - $33,000 annually
5.Postgraduate Master’s Degree$20,000 - $37,000 annually
6.Doctoral Degree$14,000 - $37,000 annually

*Source: Australian Government website, please note all figures are indicative

Most commonly, courses in humanities, education and arts are a little cheaper, while subjects such as medicine and engineering are likely to be more expensive. If you wish to study at a postgraduate level, the tuition fee is typically higher, and the costs vary depending on the program.

If you want to bring down your educational expenses, it is best to apply to various scholarships available for international students.

What is the cheapest university in Australia for international students?

If you’re asking this question, then you should know that the answer depends on many factors, such as your preferred field of study, type of program or qualification, and the university. However, some universities offer lower tuition fees than others.

These are the top 5 most affordable Australian universities for international students:

UniversityAverage annual cost in Australian Dollar ($)
University of Sunshine Coast$23,000 – $29,000
Australian Catholic University$23,000 – $28,000
Federation University$22,000 – $29,000
Western Sydney University$25,000 – $32,000
Edith Cowan University$26,000 – $32,000

Accommodation costs in Australia

Most universities in Australia offer on-campus residence facilities to international students. You can also opt for an off-campus accommodation wherein you can share apartments with other students or stay with a local Australian family. The rent is usually paid every two weeks in advance. Remember, the rentals vary from city to city.

The table below shows the average weekly costs of most accommodation options, according to the Australian Government website. Your IDP Education counsellor can help choose the best accommodation option that fits your budget.

Accommodation TypeCost per week in Australian Dollar
Hostels and Guesthouses$90 to $150
Shared Rental$95 to $215
On campus$110 to $280
Homestay$235 to $325
Rental$185 to $440

Cost of Australia Student Visa

In order to study in Australia, the first step is to secure a valid student visa. Your Australia Student Visa will cost approximately $620. Find information on visa application process and related cost here.

What’s the cost of living in Australia?

The cost of living in Australia depends on many things, such as your lifestyle, and the city you’re living in. Considering various expenses and living costs, a single international student budget in Australia comes to be approximately $140-280 per week (indicative). You should also consider these common expenses when creating your budget:

  • Internet/phone: $20 - 55
  • Food: $80 - 300
  • Rent: $90 - 500
  • Electricity/gas: $10 - 140
  • Transport: $12 – 65

Check out living expenses at these top Australian cities: Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth, Canberra & Hobart.

Remember! When living in a foreign country as a student, it is better to keep a track of your expenditures so that you don’t overspend.

Here are some tips to help you save your money when living abroad!

What’s the cost of Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)?

It is mandatory for all students travelling to Australia to get a medical insurance before the commencement of their program. This medical insurance is known as the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC). The average cost for medical insurance ranges around $350 a year (indicative).

Your IDP counsellor can help you get the right Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).

Can I work in Australia while studying?

Yes! In fact, this is a good way to earn some money for your expenses and get valuable work experience while studying abroad. As an international student in Australia, you can work for a total of 20 hours per week during academic sessions, and full-time during vacations. However, you need to get your Tax File Number (TFN) first.

Kick start your journey to Australia! Speak with your IDP Education counsellor now to turn your study ambition into action!

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