Cost of living

Sydney is a wealthy city but there are many ways to keep costs down.

You can shop at the cheaper supermarkets like Aldi, cook your own lunch or dinner or choose from endless cheap restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs. For a quick snapshot, see our cost estimates below.

Cost estimates*

You will need at least AUD $20,000 a year as an international student. In addition, we recommend that you have at least AUD $2,000 when you arrive to cover the initial costs of books, rental bond and furniture. These estimates do not include large household items such as a refrigerator or car. 

Weekly cost (AUD) Shared house of flat One-bedroom unit On campus (college)
Rent $250 $450 $263-525
Mobile phone and internet $25 $25 $22.5
Household products (cleaning, toothpaste) $10 $10 $10
Food $100 $100 $100
Utilities (gas, electricity, phone) $20 $60 $0
Travel $40 $40 $25
Spending money $100 $100 $100
Incidentals $30 $30 $30
Average weekly costs $575 $760 $662.50
Total estimate for one academic year (37 weeks*) $21,275 $28,120 $24,512.50

* Please note these are estimates only; actual costs of living will be determined by lifestyle.​ In addition to the 37-week academic year, there is a 10-week summer break from December to February. If you stay in Australia during the break, you need to allow for an extra 10 weeks of living expenses.


Cost of items

Food (AUD)
Milk (1 litre) $1.25 Chicken breast (1kg) $10.00
Bread (loaf) $4.00 Potatoes (1kg) $3.00
Can of tuna $2.00 Apples (1kg) $4.00
Soap (100g) $1.00 Deodorant $5.00
Entertainment (AUD)
Restaurant meal $20-30 Tea/coffee $3.50
Movie ticket $16 Soft drink $4