International students tend to worry much about the estimated cost of living in Australia before even moving. Living expenses in Australia differ from one city to another and sometimes from one neighbourhood to another within the same city. For international students, pre-arrival costs may include tuition fee deposits, Visa application charges, economy travel flights and at least A$800 to secure your student accommodation bond and the first two weeks of your accommodation rent in Australia.
Cost of living in Melbourne for international students could be measured through food, transportation and basic bills and expenses. A McMeal at McDonald's or an equivalent combo meal could cost you A$11, cappuccino A$4.17 and Coke or Pepsi is for A$3.11. The city is full of cheap eats spots and locals will be more than happy to direct you so ask around. For grocery shopping, the best option will be visiting the markets to reduce the cost of food in Melbourne. Fresh food markets can be found in the city centre and all around Melbourne.
The average living expenses in Melbourne when it comes to electricity, heating, cooling, water and garbage for 85m2 is A$200 per month. Considering that most students are on a budget, look for accommodation that has all-inclusive bills to avoid paying these bills. Cost of public transport in Melbourne is the cheapest option and the perfect way for avoiding traffic jam and parking fees.
The cost of living in Perth could reach A$475 per week for a single person. An average of A$150-200 per week is spent on food shopping. You can get a monthly phone contract for your iPhone or Samsung for A$30-40. The average cost of living in Perth when it comes to food is cheaper if you calculate it per day. You can get a roasted whole chicken at Woolworth's or Coles for A$10 with wholemeal bread for A$1.5. Over three days, this is less than A$4 per day.
The cost of living in Brisbane when it comes to the basics: electricity, heating, cooling, water and garbage, could reach A$161. When it comes to transportation, Brisbane is considered one of the most expensive cities in Australia. Investing in a Go Card can save some money and also picking a student accommodation in Brisbane that is within easy walking distance to your university will greatly help. Entertainment, however, could be enjoyed without spending a fortune if you hit the park or one out of the many outdoor places in the city. Street markets have also gained some popularity among expats, so try stepping by one of them to save on grocery shopping in Brisbane.
The weekly cost of living in Adelaide falls between A$355 and A$600, depending on the students’ lifestyle. The cost of living in Sydney is a bit different but still in the same range. The cost of living in Darwin is a bit lower compared to the previously mentioned major cities. The cost of living in Canberra is considerably high as it is the capital but the population of international students there is not high anyway.