Cost of Living

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection advises that the cost of living for international students in Australia is approximately AUD$20,290 per year, however the Gold Coast is significantly less expensive than the bigger cities such as Sydney.

This figure covers living expenses such as food, accommodation, transport, clothing, fuel, power, telephone, and entertainment, and helps to ensure students are better able to make the most of their studies and have a safe and enjoyable experience in Australia.

Weekly Expenses

Item Cost per week
Rent (shared) Gold Coast: AUD $150-250
Sydney: AUD $200-300
Electricity, gas and water AUD $40 – $100
Food AUD $80 – $150
Phone and Internet AUD $20 – $50
Public Transport Up to $50
Entertainment AUD $30 – $100