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$450-$650 per week is generally sufficient for most students to live comfortably. This does not include tuition fees, medical insurance cover, all textbooks or any 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 $1,000 per week (A$52,000 per year) for living expenses.
|Establishment costs||On-campus ||Off-campus shared ||Off-campus, full board |
|Bond, & other upfront fees||n/a||$1,400*||n/a||$800||n/a||n/a |
|Two weeks' rent in advance||n/a||n/a||n/a||$400||n/a||n/a |
|Telephone & utilities connection||n/a||n/a||n/a||$68||n/a||n/a |
|Furnishings, linen, crockery||n/a||$100||n/a||$1,000||n/a||$100 |
|Application/placement fee||n/a||$125||n/a||n/a||n/a||$240 |
|Annual costs||On-campus||Off-campus shared ||Off-campus full board |
|Books, stationery, equipment||n/a||$1,000||n/a||$1,000||n/a||$1,000|
|Student Services & Amenities Fee ||n/a||$290||n/a||$290||n/a||$290|
|Weekly costs||On-campus||Off-campus shared ||Off-campus full board |
(average per academic year)
|Utilities & mobile phone etc. |
|Spending money |
|Miscellaneous costs||On-campus||Off-campus shared||Off-campus full board|
|Expenses for holidays||$430||$5,590||n/a||n/a||$320||$640|
|On-campus||Off-campus shared||Off-campus full board|
|Grand Total, per year |
(all costs combined)
- All costs are in Australian dollars
-  Calculated on 39 weeks
-  Cost per person sharing an unfurnished house / flat with two others for 52 weeks
-  Calculated on 50 weeks
* Residential College fees vary. Check with your preferred college.
Student Services and Amenities Fee
It covers a range of recreational, sporting and educational facilities together with social, education and representation activities and services.
Books and stationery
Don't forget to budget for:
- text books and required reading – they can cost hundreds of dollars
- stationery and other unit expenses.