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Australia has a standard of living that is amongst the highest in the world. Living expenses and tuition costs in Australia are considerably lower than in the United States and United Kingdom. International students are also able to work part time while they study, allowing them to offset a bit of their living costs.

Tuition Fees:

The tuition fee may depend on the institution and the level of study. For almost all international student, the first semester tuition fees is payable before the student commences the study. Students can use the course search on this website to find right course and see details such as the duration and tuition fees. There may be additional costs for the course like course materials and access to institution facilities.

The list below gives you an estimated indication of the range of course fee for different types of qualifications. All costs are per year in Australian dollars.

Program Approximate Tuition fee
High School $9000 to$ 18000 per year
English Lanhuage Programs $300 to $350  per week (depends on course length)
Vocational Education & Training $7000 to $ 18000 per year
Technical and Further Education 9TAFE) $7000 to $21000 per year
Foundation Courses $15000 to $25000 per year
Bachelor's $15000 to $33000 per year
Master's $20,000 to $37000 per year
Master's by Research / Doctoral $16000 to $37000 per year

Living Costs:

Australia is a friendly and affordable country which enjoys one of the highest standards of living in the world. As a general guide, the average international student in Australia spends about AUD$1,650 per month (approximately AUD$390 per week) on accommodation, food, clothing, entertainment, transport, international and domestic travel, telephone, and incidental costs (AUD$1,610 per year). or your reference, here are some of the costs associated with living and studying in Australia. (All costs are in Australian dollars.)

Accommodation:
  • Hostels and Guesthouses - $90 to $150 per week
  • Shared Rental - $85 to $215 per week
  • On campus - $120 to $280 per week
  • Homestay - $110 to $270 per week
  • Rental - $165 to $440 per week
  • Boarding schools - $11,000 to $22,000 a year
Other living expenses:
  • Groceries and eating out - $80 to $280 per week
  • Gas, electricity - $35 to $140 per week
  • Phone and Internet- $20 to $55 per week
  • Public transport - $15 to $40 per week
  • Entertainment - $50 to $120 per week

Students with families:

If you intend to bring your spouse to Australia, you will need at least an additional AUD$6,940 a year to support your spouse.

If you are bringing children to Australia, you will need an additional AUD$ 2,970 per year and for School aged children AUD$8,000 per year. In addition to this amount, there will be the cost of a return trip home for your family members.

Visit the DIBP website for more information (hyperlink: www.border.gov.au)

Note:School-aged dependent children (between ages 5 and 18) in Australia for three months or more are required to be enrolled in school. You will be required to pay full fees to enroll your children in either a government or non-government school.

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