Living in Australia

Sydney is the largest city in Australia in terms of population. It is often called “The Harbour City” and is one of the most multicultural cities in the world, offering a wide selection of entertainment, food, restaurants, shopping, pristine beaches and sightseeing. Sydney has a temperate climate with warm summers and cool winters, and rainfall spread throughout the year. Students are ideally placed to take advantage of it all.

Sydney City College of Management is located in Parramatta (10 minutes from Parramatta Train Station) which is in Central Western Sydney and is easily accessible through a range of efficient public transport options (train and bus). Parramatta is 23km west of the Sydney CBD.

The Sydney CBD is a major business and commercial center. It is home to the Sydney icons such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney Aquarium, Darling Harbour and many shops and restaurant, boasting some of Australia’s most historic places of interest. For those not inclined to the past, you can catch a performance at the Sydney Entertainment Centre, offering drama and comedy shows or enjoy the many entertaining areas such as Pitt Street Malls, The Rocks, Circular Quay, and China Town. Australia’s most famous beach; Bondi Beach is located approximately 30 minutes from the CBD.

If you’re thinking of studying in Australia, you will need to know what it will cost to support yourself. Obvious things that come to mind are accommodation, food, clothes, child-care and entertainment. Below is the guide on financial requirements for international students studying in Australia for each academic year (does not include course tuition fees, Overseas Student Health Cover, travel/incidentals), however, this can vary widely depending on your lifestyle:

The Department of Home Affairs have set out financial evidence you must demonstrate. As a single student you must be able to show you have the financial capacity to cover living costs of at least $24,505 Australian dollars per year. There are additional costs for extra family members.
Please refer to for a more accurate calculator of what your estimated costs might look like, you can also refer to the Department of Home affairs website for more information.

Initial establishment costs for a shared apartment, such as rental bond for accommodation, electricity, gas and telephone, could add up to more than $1,760. In addition, there are costs associated with staying in touch with home. There are internet cafes located throughout the CBD which cost around AU$5.00 per hour as well as free WIFI in popular areas such as McDonald’s and Starbucks. The cheapest way to phone overseas is using phone apps such as Skype, Facebook or Viber or via a phone card. Phone cards can be purchased at newsagents and convenience stores. Different phone cards will have different rates so make sure different cards are compared to see which is the cheapest for your country. Students requiring a mobile phone, can get packages starting from around AU$15.00 a month plus call costs for a two-year contract. You can also buy a pre-paid mobile phone for about AU$100.00. Note that calls made from mobile phones to overseas can add up to be very expensive.

To post a letter overseas the cost is between AU$1.75 to AU$2.60 through Australia Post. Parcels and freight are a lot more expensive and the cost will depend on how much you are sending and where it is going.

Education Costs

Australian education tuition fees for international students are very competitive with other countries. All tuition fees for international students who study in Australia are exempt from GST and are charged up-front, with some institutions making additional charges to cover other associated costs like mandatory student workbooks, sports facilities, laboratory costs, student organization membership, and library fees.

English language courses

The costs of English Language courses vary greatly depending on the duration and level of the English course. English language courses vary in duration and intensity and can cost as little as a few hundred dollars for a two-week short course to A$3,500 for a half year semester or up to A$14,500 for a full year university preparation English course.

Vocational education and training (VET) course costs

Prices for vocational education courses in Australia can vary between A$3,000.00 and A$70,000.00 depending on the course, duration and whether the qualification is a certificate, diploma or advanced diploma. For example, learning to fly is far more expensive than any course that is largely classroom based.

The length of courses can also vary greatly depending on the type, of course, you plan on studying so make sure you do your homework before you enroll in any course.

Accommodation costs

  • Hostels and Guesthouses – $90 to $150 per week
  • Shared Rental – $85 to $215 per week
  • On campus – $90 to $280 per week
  • Homestay – $235 to $325 per week
  • Rental – $165 to $440 per week
  • Boarding schools – $11,000 to $22,000 a year

Other living costs

There are of course other costs associated with living in Australia. Please take these into account. For example, the extra cost of the use of electricity, the telephone and gas on top of your rent. Approximate costs of other living expenses include:

  • 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 $55 per week
  • Car (after purchase) – $150 to $260 per week
  • Entertainment – $80 to $150 per week

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