💸Cost of Living in Australia: A 2023 Guide

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Hi! I’m Astronaut Alex 👨‍🚀🚀, and today, we’re talking about the cost of living in Australia. Do you know that it is the world’s sixth-largest country? Well, it can be expensive to study abroad but with the right knowledge of managing the expenses, you will be able to stay comfortably.

Are you curious about the cost of living in Australia for international students in 2023? Every year, the country attracts hundreds and thousands of learners due to its institutes ranking in the world’s top 100 universities and its lifestyle. But it can be expensive to live in Australia, especially as an international student. This blog will act as your guide in discovering the overall living cost in Australia. We will cover some essential costs like food, transportation, entertainment etc along with some tips on saving money while living there. So let’s get started!

Number of Australian universities in the top 100 (globally) 6
Number of higher education institutes 1,000
Total number of courses offered 22,000+
Student Satisfaction Rate 90%
Number of Student-friendly Australian cities 7
International Student Scholarship AUD 300 million (invested)
Graduation rate 80%

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👩‍🎓Why Study in Australia?

Despite the high cost of living in Australia, international students prefer to study in the country due to its Level 1 universities. In addition, you can also expect a career growth of 15% annually. Let’s take a look at some more reasons why you should choose to study abroad in Australia:

  1. The cost of living and studying in Australia is 40-60% lower than UK or the USA, making it a more preferred destination for overseas education.
  2. All the courses that Australian universities offer have an up-to-date curriculum, infrastructure, and result-oriented faculty. 
  3. From expensive to affordable, there’s a range of universities available for you to apply to as per your academic and career goals.
  4. International students can also work part-time alongside their studies to gain work experience.
  5. Graduates from Australian universities are readily hired by employers in the country, both in the public and private sectors.
  6. Since the education system in Australia is quite similar to the Indian one, Indian students don’t face any major issues adjusting to it.

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💸Cost of Living in Australia

For 2023, the average monthly cost of living in Australia is estimated to be around AUD 2,800 – 3,500 for international students. The country ranks among the top 10 in the Quality of Life and Human Development Index. Here’s a breakdown of all the essential costs incurred while living as a student in the “Land Down Under”:

Type of Expense Cost (in AUD)
Rentals (on-campus) 860
Off-campus Accommodation 1,000-1,800
Food 400-600
Utilities 150-250
Entertainment 300
Transportation 200-300
Total Monthly Expense 2,110

The table above covers the most basic living costs in Australia. Let’s take a look at these costs in further detail.

🏘️Cost of Accommodation

Depending on the type of living quarters you choose, here’s how much the accommodations in Australia cost:

Type of Accommodation  Monthly Cost
Homestays AUD 450 – 1,200 
Halls of residence AUD 440-1,110
Apartment AUD 750 – 1,700
Shared apartment AUD 650 – 950

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🍎 Food and Groceries

Another important cost of living in Australia is food and groceries. Here’s a list of individual grocery items along with their prices:

Item  Price (in AUD)
Milk (1 lt) 1.24
Bread ( for 2 people) 2.78
Eggs (1 dozen) 5.36
White Rice (1 kg) 2.64
Apples (1 kg) 4.32
Local Cheese (500 g) 9
Tomatoes (1 kg) 5.08
Water (1.5 lt) 2.20
Potatoes (1 kg) 3.35
Fast Food Combo Meal 12


This cost of living in Australia will depend on how frequently you go out with friends. Here’s what various modes of entertainment cost:

Item Monthly cost
Movie ticket AUD 15-20
Concert ticket AUD 50-150
Sporting event ticket AUD 30-100
Museum admission AUD 10-20
Art gallery admission AUD 10-20
Restaurant meal AUD 20-50
Nightclub cover charge AUD 10-20
Coffee AUD 4-5
Beer AUD 8-10


Having a well-developed transportation system, you can comfortably commute every day using public or private transport. Here’s how much the different means of transportation cost in Australia:

Transportation Mode Average Cost
Local transport ticket (One-way) AUD 3 – 6
Taxi Tariff AUD 3.6 – 7
Gasoline (1 lt) AUD 1.19 – 1.60
Taxi (1 km) AUD 1.62 – 3.20
Monthly Pass AUD 90-220

➡️Utilities and Bills

Here’s a breakdown of the cost of various utilities and bills that are incurred with the cost of living in Australia:

Utilities/Bills Average Monthly Cost
Internet AUD 70
Basic utilities (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage etc) AUD 200
Prepaid mobile (Local tariff) AUD 0.10-1

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🏫Cost of Studying in Australia

In addition to the cost of living in Australia, the tuition fee is also a cost that students need to keep in mind. The study cost depends on whether you choose to enrol in a public or private university. Here’s a list of some top universities in Australia with their tuition fees:

Type University Tuition Fee
Public university University of Melbourne AUD 31,870
University of New South Wales AUD 23,140
University of Sydney AUD 44,500
The University of Queensland AUD 34,960
Australian National University AUD 34,960
Private university Bond University AUD 43,200
Carnegie Mellon University AUD 58,000
Torrents University AUD 34,480
Avolande University AUD 34,736

💸Cost of Living in Top Australian Cities in 2023

Apart from your lifestyle, the cost of living in Australia can also vary with the city you choose to settle in and the university you study. So let’s take a look at the average monthly cost of living for international students in the top 5 Australian cities in 2023.

City Monthly Living Cost
Sydney AUD 3,500 – 4,500
Melbourne AUD 2,800 – 3,500
Canberra AUD 2,200 – 3,000 
Gold Coast AUD 2,500 – 3,300
Adelaide AUD 2,400 – 3,200
Brisbane AUD 2,500 – 3,300
Perth AUD 2,600 – 3,400

📌Tips to Reduce the Cost of Living in Australia

With the cost of living in Australia quite high, it’s crucial to save money whenever possible as a student. Given below are some tips that can help you ease the overall living cost in Australia:

  1. Consider living in a shared apartment or student dormitory to save money. Look for cheaper accommodation outside the city centre or in less desirable areas.
  2. Since eating out can be expensive in Australia, cooking your own meals is a great way to save money and eat healthier.
  3. Public transportation is an affordable way to get around Australia. Use your student discounts while taking public transport.
  4. Many businesses in Australia offer student discounts. Be sure to ask about student discounts before you make a purchase.
  5. Look for free or low-cost activities such as visiting parks, museums, and galleries. You can also find free events and festivals happening throughout the year.

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Mr. Astronaut👨‍🚀🚀- “ Kiddos, I have answered all your queries with the utmost precision that I was capable of. Now, I will be taking my leave, but if you think that I might have missed something do check out the FAQ section or drop a comment. I always respond!”


Q1. Is Australia expensive to live in?

Ans. Yes, Australia is expensive to live in. But the cost of living in Australia is 40-60% lower compared to the US and UK.

Q2. What is the average living cost in Australia?

Ans. The average monthly cost of living in Australia is around AUD 2,200.

Q3. What is the cost of living in Australia for Indians?

Ans. The average annual cost of living in Australia for Indian students is estimated to be around AUD 30,000-34,000.

We hope that this blog helped you discover the cost of living in Australia for international students in 2023. To explore more of the student life abroad, subscribe to Leverage Edu. You can also contact us at 1800 57 2000 for a free 30-minute counselling session to get started on your study abroad journey today. Thank you for reading, and all the best!

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