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Living in Australia


Cost of Living:

 One of the most important things to consider when studying in Australia is how much money that you need to have in order to be comfortable. There are a lot of things that come into this process. We’re going to take a look at a few of the important costs in this article. Then, you will be better able to make an informed decision about studying in Australia and determine how much you need to budget in order to live comfortably while there.All of these numbers are presented with and based on the Australian dollar (AUD). If you would like to see the current exchange rate for your country’s currency to AUD, check out Google or XE.com’s currency converter for the most recent currency conversion rates.

LIVING ACCOMMODATIONS

The cost of living accommodations in Australia vary depending on which region you are living in. The more rural areas of Australia, like those you will find in the western and northern Australian states, will have much lower accommodation costs. More urbanized areas, like those in the ACT and around Sydney, will have higher rates, especially if you are downtown.The cost of your living accommodations will also vary on how many rooms your rental has. On average, a one bedroom apartment will cost anywhere from $1000 (in rural areas) to $1750 (city center) per month. Living on campus typically costs much less (approximately $750/month). If you are renting a 3 bedroom apartment, you could see costs as high as $2,500 a month in the city, but that is because of the assumption that you will be splitting the cost with roommates (which, in the end, would make it less expensive than a one bedroom apartment).

AMENITIES

The cost of your amenities will vary depending on location and what you have. It will also depend on what is included in your rent. Here are some averages:

  • Gas and electric: $50-$100/month
  • Phone and internet (usually bundled together): $150-$200 a month
  • Water/Sewer/Trash: $50/month
  • Groceries average approximately $200/month, depending on what you’re eating.

Note: If you are located within city limits, the numbers that you will see will likely be more than the estimates listed here.

You may also have to pay particular local and/or housing taxes, depending on what your landlord covers and what you have to cover. Which amenities and taxes you are responsible for should be outlined on your lease. Many times, you can discuss the average costs for your apartment with your landlord or real estate agent; they should have a vague idea of what the monthly costs for your rental should come out to.

OTHER

There are a variety of other things that you will want to think about in regards to the cost of living if you decide to go to Australia to study. Some of these costs are based on personal entertainment, others are based on transportation, and others are considered luxuries. Here are some of the average prices that you can expect to pay on various items and services in Australia.

  • Fitness club – $70/month
  • Monthly transportation pass: $120 (certain public transportation offers student rates for less)
  • Gasoline: $1.50/liter
  • Taxi: $2.04/km
  • Meal out: $16 to $75 dollars, depending on how fancy the restaurant is. $16-20 for a meal at a casual dining establishment is relatively average.
  • Beer, half a liter: $6
  • Flavored coffee: $4 for an average-sized cup
  • Combo meal at a fast food restaurant (McDonald’s, Burger King): $8.

Accommodation

Now that you’ve decided where you are going to study in Australia, there are a few other things that you have to start doing to prepare for your time there. One of the most important things that you have to take care of is making sure that you have somewhere to live. We’re going to look at some of the options that you will have for accommodations and how you can start looking.

Some people make the mistake of thinking that they can come to the country and find somewhere to live quickly. This could actually get very expensive, because you would have to stay in a hostel or a hotel for an extended period of time. Even if there is a weekly rate, it could add up quickly if you don’t find somewhere suitable to live in a reasonable amount of time. It’s much better to make sure that you either have a rental set up or a temporary arrangement situated before you arrive in Australia.

That being said, the institution that you are studying at may offer on-campus housing as a long-term or short-term option for their international students. Many institutions have housing available, especially for those who are studying abroad during their undergraduate career. Even if you are an international student who is pursuing postgraduate studies, the university may have options available for you to explore. Either way, you should always go to the university first before exploring any other options; even if they don’t offer on-campus housing, they may have a list of options for you to explore that you won’t have access to from any other source.

RENTALS

Before you start looking for accommodations, make sure to make a list of things that you want out of your apartment. If you don’t set these restrictions in place before you start looking for a rental, you may end up setting yourself up for disappointment because you can’t afford that apartment that you really like or it’s too far away from the university that you are attending. Here is a short list of some of the things that you should be taking into consideration when looking at a rental.

  • Cost: The cost of your rental will vary by type, location (city, state, sometimes street) and what sorts of amenities are included with the rental. Before you even start looking, you want to know how much you’re willing to pay per month including any of your extra bills. There’s a lot of difference between a one-bedroom apartment for $400 with no amenities included and one that is $525 with heat, internet, and water/sewer/trash included. Just because the price looks good, you need to look at it in context of everything else that you are spending. Set yourself a lower limit, an “ideal,” and an upper limit so that you can look for rentals within that range.
  • Location: How close or far away are the rentals from where you are going to school? If it’s too far, you’ll want to include any transportation costs into your calculations. It may also make your commute more stressful. The closer the rental is to your university, the better it is for you. You also want to make sure that other important places, like the grocery store or a doctor’s office, are within a decent distance as well. Within walking or biking distance is good to consider, especially because you may not have a vehicle to use while in Australia. If you can, give yourself a certain radius to try and stay within during your apartment search. Like with cost, give yourself a minimum, an ideal, and an upper limit so that you can share that with those you are speaking to during the apartment hunting process.
  • Furnishing: This is very important to consider as an international student. Is the rental you are looking at furnished? Furnished apartments sometimes cost more per month, but they are also saving you money on what you would have to purchase for the apartment. On top of that, you won’t have to worry about selling or giving away the furniture when you leave. Of course, you may want it to be unfurnished because you have ways of obtaining inexpensive furniture – either way, it’s up to you.
  • Whatever else you can think of. If we haven’t covered it above and it has come to your mind, then make sure you write down those requirements as well. This could include whether or not you can have a pet, what floor of the building that your rental is on, and a preference for a tub over a shower. Nothing is too petty; just make sure you distinguish the things that you need over the things that you want.

If you are looking to sign a contract for a rental, make sure that the rental you are looking at is the best option for you. If you have friends that are studying abroad with you or you have friends in the country, you may be able to make the overall price less because of splitting the cost of the rental. You may also be able to get particular discounts based on being an international student. Make sure that you get the best deal for your money so that you can stay comfortable while studying in Australia.

Note: the above informations are our estimate and can change due to various circumstances. So being prepared is the best option.