Australia is a sophisticated, friendly country that enjoys one of the highest standards of living in the world. Melbourne is a reasonably priced city providing good quality living and abundant accommodation.
According to the Australia Government website www.studyinaustralia.gov.au, the average international student in Australia spends about $360 per week on accommodation, food, clothing, entertainment, transport, international and domestic travel and other incidental costs.
Students will need a minimum of A$18,600 per year (excluding tuition) to cover living expenses. The cost of living, however, depends a lot on the kind of accommodation a student chooses. A married student with dependents will need approximately an additional A$4,000 per year for each dependent.
Below is a price table of typical daily items. This is only a guide. Remember that you can shop around for items, such as clothing and shoes, to find a cheaper source
Food Personal Effects/Services
Milk 1 litre $2.50 Shoes 1 pair $70.00
Bread 1 loaf $2.50 Jeans 1 pair $80.00
Apples 1 kg $4.00 Toothpaste 140g $4.00
Potatoes 1 kg $1.00 Shampoo 500ml $8.00
Eggs 1 dozen $5.50 Hairdresser $25.00 to $85.00
Cereal 1kg $4.50 T-shirt $20.00
Rice 1 kg $4.00 Public transport $7.52 – daily ticket (zone 1+2, weekdays)
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