Living costs

Knowing the average living costs in Australia is an important part of your financial preparation. To get a better idea, check out our handy Cost of Living Calculator. 

The Cost of Living Calculator is designed to help you think about how you spend money and to give you a broad estimate of potential costs in Australia.

Cost of living calculator

This tool is designed to help you estimate how much it could cost to have the lifestyle you choose in Australia. You can compare accommodation arrangements, transportation options as well as other lifestyle choices. The costs provided are an approximate guide only and were last updated November 2023.

Education costs

Tuition fees for international students vary across cities and programs. Students should also be aware that the cost of studying in Australia will depend on:  

There may be some additional costs for your course, such as learning materials or clothing requirements (e.g. work safety boots or a laboratory coat).

To search Australia’s complete offering of courses and their tuition fees, click the link below. 

Explore study options and fees.

Financial requirements of the visa

The Department of Home Affairs has financial requirements you must meet 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 show you have the minimum amount of money needed for a student visa. Actual living costs vary throughout Australia and may be much higher than what is needed for the visa. Use the Cost of Living Calculator to research the cost of living in Australia.

If you experience financial trouble while in Australia, talk to your education provider’s international student support services staff.