You should carefully consider all the costs involved when applying to study at university.
Tuition fees are not your only expense – you may need to find accommodation, travel to and from university, buy books, pens, paper, and think about food and entertainment, such as joining clubs.
Knowing how much everything is going to cost must be fully researched – you'll find more information from the Student Financial Aid Service.
The annual cost of living depends on your lifestyle and the type of accommodation you choose, but A$400-$500 per week (A$20,800-$26,000 per year) is generally sufficient for most students to live comfortably. This does not include tuition fees, medical cover, textbooks or airfares.
The following comparative table is a guide only. It gives an indication of the type of expenses and average costs students will need to meet. Students with a family (spouse and one child) should budget a minimum of $650 per week (A$34,000 per year) for living expenses.
|Establishment costs||On-campus ||Off-campus, residential, shared ||Off-campus, full board |
|Bond, fees etc||n/a||$650||n/a||n/a||n/a||$195
|Bond (one month's rent)||n/a||n/a||$200x4||$800||n/a||n/a|
|Two weeks' rent in advance||n/a||n/a||n/a||$400||n/a||n/a|
|Telephone and utilities connection||n/a||n/a||n/a||$72||n/a||n/a|
|Furnishings, linen, crockery||n/a||n/a||n/a||$600||n/a||n/a|
|Annual costs||On-campus ||Off-campus, residential, shared ||Off-campus, full board |
|Books, stationery, equipment||n/a||$750||n/a||$750||n/a||$750|
|Student Services & Amenities Fee
|Student club fee (average)||n/a||$200||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a|
|Internet service fee||n/a||$230||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a|
|Weekly costs||On-campus ||Off-campus, residential, shared ||Off-campus, full board |
|Rent/Board (average) for academic year||$375||$12,750||$200||$10,400||$235||$11,750|
|Utilities (gas, electricity, telephone, water)||n/a||n/a||$35||$1,820||n/a||n/a|
|Spending money (medical, clothing, entertainment etc)||$80||$2,720||$80||$4,160||$80||$4,000|
|Miscellaneous costs||On-campus ||Off-campus, residential, shared ||Off-campus, full board |
|Grand Total (all table costs combined)||$20,775-$24,735||$29,897||$22,530|
|Board and spending money for holiday period (18 weeks)||$180-$400||$3,240-$7,200||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a|
It covers a range of recreational, sporting and educational facilities together with social, education and representation activities and services.
Don't forget to budget for: