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Study fees

Student fees are levied in line with the number of units you take on per semester and the number of semesters you undertake per year.

Payments are generally expected to be made in full prior to the start of the semester.

Some higher education providers offer accelerated programs which can work out to be beneficial for international students as it can reduce overall costs (when considering the reduced living costs associated with the shorter duration).

Please contact us for more specific information with regard to student fees and university fee structures as this may vary from institution to institution.

Living Expenses

Your living expenses will greatly depend on your lifestyle, your city and the type of accommodation you choose to live in, as well as your mode of transport. The Australian Government requires you to have access to at least $ 19,830.00 (AUD) a year to cover your living costs (as a visa condition).

If you are accompanied by dependents, the minimum financial threshold for living costs will rise accordingly;

$ 6940 (in addition to the $ 19,830 for the main applicant) – partner or spouse

$ 2970 (for each dependent child)

$ 8000 (schooling costs for dependent children at school-going age)

As a student, there are many ways in which you can make your budget last longer, and careful planning coupled with the right advice from the onset can assist you in mitigating your costs, avoiding unnecessary expenses and maximising your financial capacity;

  • Accommodation: consider home-stays with a family, living with friends and family members in Australia, or share-houses with students and others. Search for rented housing in suburbs where rentals are affordable.
  • Shopping: meal-planning, sharing cost of groceries with other people, consider shops that provide the greatest value for money, and keep an eye out for deals which are quite common in most supermarkets in Australia. Second-hand stores (or op-shops) are also very popular in Australia, and you can expect to find great savings on furniture, clothes and other things you may need to start your life as a student in Australia.
  • Student discounts go a long way when you are looking to make the most out of your budget. If you are looking to buy a new computer or other technology, movie tickets, travel, eat out, shopping in general or get a gym membership – make sure you have a look at what student discounts are available.

For an estimate of general expenses, refer to the ‘Living Costs in Australia’ page on the official Government website ‘Study in Australia’ website.

Our staff are happy to provide you with specific, tailor-made advice in line with your needs and expectations on how to manage your costs while making the most of what Australia has to offer.


Australia offers a range of housing options for students, and it is up to you to decide what suits your lifestyle best. You can choose to stay in any of the accommodation options listed below:

Home Stay

Home-stay means living with a family. This is usually associated with the comforts of regular meals and family life with some independence. Many universities keep lists of families hosting international students and regularly check the quality of accommodation. Cost per week depends on room size, menu and other services.

Rental Tenancies

Renting accommodation provides the greatest degree of independence, but costs can vary depending on whether you wish to live alone or move into a share-house with other people, and distance to the city and the suburb you choose to reside in. Suburbs surrounding Universities and Colleges are hot-spots for student housing where you can live with other students and young professionals, allowing you to get a taste of student life and develop your network of friends and associates.

On Campus Living

On campus living may be the best option if you are just arriving in Australia as a student. All the amenities required for student life are generally located in and around student accommodation, which are also (usually) in close proximity to the university if not already located on university premises.

Most universities offer furnished and comfortable apartments, often with meals and regular cleaning. In any case, there are communal kitchens, washing machines and dryers, but often other sports and entertainment facilities.

Living on campus will allow you to explore your independence in a safe, supportive and student-centric environment. It provides you an opportunity to interact with other students, strengthen your support network in Australia and develop relationships and friendships that could last a lifetime. Living on campus is one of the stand-out experiences associated with Australian university life, and it isn’t all about fun and games; it involves a learning curve where you are (also) likely to pick up key life lessons and inter-personal skills.

Study & Work

Like many international students, you may get a part time or casual job to supplement your income while studying in Australia.

All university/College/TAFE students are eligible to apply for a work permit which allows them to work for up to 40 hours a fortnight in any field (skilled, semi-skilled or trades).

The Fair Work Act ensures that students receive the benefit of certain key safeguards and protections. All workers in Australia (irrespective of their visa status) are entitled to basic rights and conditions, including;

  • Federal Minimum Wage of $ 18.29 per hour
  • Minimum (legal) guarantees – please see the factsheet provided by the Fair Work Ombudsman

The National Employment Standards applicable to part-time and casual employees

Access to the Fair Work Ombudsman if you believe you are not receiving your minimum rights and conditions at work

Your eligibility (as a student) to work rights allows you to supplement your income, gain valuable core employment skills and (in some instances) gain entry-level experience in your field of study/specialisation.

In today’s competitive work environment, any experience earned during your studies will be an added advantage; not only in terms of strengthening your resume but also in giving you the skills and confidence to secure a job in your desired field once you graduate.

While students are limited to working 40 hours a fortnight while their study semester is ongoing, they are allowed to work full time during holidays.

It is important that you abide by the requirements of your visa, so if you have any employment-related queries related to your visa, you can contact the Department of Immigration and Border Protection or get in touch with one of our team members who will be happy to assist you.

You can also get in contact with us to discuss your long-term career outcomes when deciding on your course or university. Our team can guide you through the best higher education pathway options for you to achieve your professional goals.