Cost of living

From 1 July 2016, the Department of Immigration & Border Protection recommends budgeting A$19,830 per year to cover the cost of a single student living away from home in Australia.

It is advisable to plan your budget carefully in order to avoid any financial difficulties during your study in Canberra. The estimates below are provide to assist you. All estimates are in Australian Dollars.

Initial establishment cost

 

Rental bond

$660 - $860

2 weeks rent in advance

$330 - $430

Electricity, gas & telephone $250 - $500
Household items (furniture, linen etc.) $600 - $640
Approximate total cost $1,840 - $2,430

Average weekly living expenses in Canberra

 

Accommodation (per week)

$150 (sharing) - $240 (self-catered College)

Food/Groceries

$80 - $100

Travel $30
Phone and internet/other bills $25 - $50
Electricity & gas $50
Stationery, postage $10
Average Expenditure $320 - $420 per week

Other costs

 

Text books

$1,200 per annum

Clothing

$30 - $80 per 6 months

Haircut $15 - $70 per month
Shoes $40 - $100 per 6 months
Doctor's (GP) consultation fee $50 - $60 per month
Infant childcare $93 - $122 per day

Please note that the costs indicated above are not fixed and may vary based on student's lifestyle and accommodation arrangement.