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Earning & Spending

The cost of studying in Australia depends on the universities and the level of study you choose. Given below is the list to give you an indication of the course costs for different types of qualifications.

Living Expenses

The minimum cost of living required by the Department of Home Affairs to issue a student visa is $21,041. This covers:


Hostels and guesthousesA$80 to A$135 a week
Shared rentals and On-Campus AccommodationA$70 to A$250 a week
HomestayA$110 to A$270 a week
Return Air TravelA$2,000/head


Groceries or eating outA$80 to A$200
Gas and ElectricityA$60 to A$100
Phone and InternetA$20 to A$50
Public TransportA$10 to A$50
EntertainmentA$50 to A$100

Work Opportunities on Student Visa to Cover Expenses

Working while studying is one of the major reasons why a large number of international students choose Australia as their study destination. The Australian Immigration system provides international students on a student visa a chance to work up to 40 hours every two weeks during semesters and unrestricted hours during semester breaks.

However, before applying for work, international students need to visit the Australian Taxation Office to get a TFN (Taxation File Number). The process includes submitting few details like name, current address, date of birth along with the date of arrival in Australia, passport and proof of enrolment.

Australian Industries offering Part-time work


There is a wide range of industries in Australia that offer part-time work opportunities including:

  • Hospitality (Restaurants, bars and cafes)
  • Agriculture (Farming and fruit-picking)
  • Retail (Super markets and clothing stores)
  • Tourism (Hotels and Motels)
  • Tutoring
  • Administration or Clerical roles
  • Sales and Telemarketing

Ways to Find Work

Some of the best ways to find appropriate work in Australia are:

  • Online job sites and Newspapers
  • Through institution’s international student support staff
  • Registering the details at a recruitment firm

Work Rights

Every individual working in Australia including international students on student visa or people on working holiday visa have some basic rights at work. This includes:

  • A healthy and safe work environment
  • A minimum wage
  • Right to Challenge unfair dismissal
  • Breaks and Rest Periods 

QualificationsFee(In AUD/year)
SchoolA$7,800 to A$30,000
Vocational Education and Training (Certificates I to IV, Diploma and Advanced Diploma)A$4,000 to A$22,000
English language studiesApproximate A$300 per week depending on course length
Undergraduate Bachelor DegreeA$15,000 to A$33,000
Postgraduate Master’s DegreeA$20,000 to A$37,000
Doctoral DegreeA$14,000 to A$37,000