Saigon Summer at Newtown (Image credit: Destination NSW)
Managing your money as a student can be challenging. However, there are many things you can do to save money when you’re in Australia and still have loads of fun!
In this blog post, we’ll share some simple ways to manage your finances as well as helpful tips on finding the best deals and discounts.
Creating a budget is a good idea. It will show you where your money is going and help you set aside enough for bills and other expenses.
To get started, check out this budget planner tool provided by the Australian Government’s MoneySmart website. It allows you to tailor your budget based on your income, expenses and savings goals.
If you haven't yet arrived in Australia, you can get an idea of living expenses by using the Study Australia Cost of Living Calculator.
Here are some great apps and online deal platforms for discounts:
In addition to using the discount apps above, there are some other ways to save on dining out:
One of the perks of being a student is the discounts! With your student card you can get discounts at most movie theatres, banks, events, hairdressers, museums and various other stores. Some states and territories provide discounted public transport for international students.
Here are some ways to save money on groceries:
Make your lunch at home and take it with you instead of buying meals. Some lunch ideas include:
Some campuses have lunchrooms with a fridge and microwave that you can use.
Newtown Vintage, Newtown (Image credit: Destination NSW)
Shopping for clothes, home items or textbooks doesn’t need to be expensive. Here are some great places to get some secondhand bargains:
If you want to buy new items, you’ll save a lot of money by waiting for the sales. The biggest sales in Australia are:
You can also shop at factory outlets such as DFO for cheaper deals on well-known brands.
If you’re having financial problems or finding it hard to get a job or accommodation, then talk to your education provider.
There are also a range of international student support services available within your state or territory: