Cost of Living

If this is your first time away living from home, planning for everyday expenses can be daunting. It is important that you maintain a realistic budget by understanding the costs that you are likely to face as a student in Melbourne. To manage your income and expenditure, a budgeting tool can be used.

If you are an international student, you must comply with the financial obligations set by the Department of Home Affairs. As a single student, you must be able to show that you have money to cover your living costs of at least AUD$21,041 per year. This will equate to approximately AUD$1,754 per month. The actual cost will vary depending on your needs and choice of lifestyle.

Below is a list of major expenses that you will need to include in your weekly budgeting:

  • Accommodation
  • Utilities and communication (electricity & gas bills, mobile phones and internet bills)
  • Food and groceries
  • Travel and transport
  • Entertainment and socialising
  • Academic needs (eg. study materials, stationery, printing & photocopying)
  • Insurance
  • Childcare and schooling costs (if you have school-aged dependants)

The Study in Australia website provides estimated costs for living and studying in Australia.

Working in Melbourne

There are many part-time and casual job opportunities available for international students throughout the year in Melbourne. However, it’s advised students to know their working rights and do proper research on what to expect in Australian workplaces.

Students can look for jobs on several job portals such as Seek, Indeed and Gumtree.

Study Melbourne provides valuable resources to help international students prepare themselves for work and for any work-related problems, you can get in touch with International Student Employment and Accommodation Legal Service (ISEALS) for free legal advice.

Useful Links

Study Melbourne is the Victorian Government’s website for international students.

Free and fun things to do in Melbourne.

Study Australia’s Cost of Living calculator.

Free journey planner Public Transport Victoria.

Tips for staying safe in Melbourne. In an emergency, dial triple zero 000 and say if you need police, fire or ambulance.

Like the great outdoors? Then you’ll love living in Melbourne! The city is home to a wide range of stunning outdoor settings, from beaches to parks and so much more. Whether you’re keen to lounge in the sun at St Kilda Beach, have a picnic in the Fitzroy Gardens or take a stroll along the Yarra River, there’s no shortage of beautiful nature to explore.

When living in Melbourne, you’ll quickly recognise the city as a creative hub, home to world-class academics and an exciting entrepreneurial spirit. Before you know it, you’ll soon be thinking outside the box (and around it, above it and below it, too)