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The Education Destination : The Education Destination
Living costs Where you choose to study in Australia will affect how much you spend on day-to-day living costs. For example, living in regional or outer metropolitan areas is usually cheaper than living in a large city like Sydney or Melbourne. But no matter where you choose, Australia offers one of the highest standards of living in the world while remaining affordable to students on any budget. On average, as an international student, you can expect to pay somewhere between $300 and $360 per week on living costs including accommodation, food, clothing, entertainment, transport, utilities and other incidental costs. Your lifestyle will also determine your living costs. If you like to eat out at a lot of cafes or go to see lots of movies and concerts, you’ll obviously spend more. With transport, if you buy a car while in Australia, you have to factor in insurance and petrol costs whereas riding a bike or using Australia’s comprehensive public transport are cheaper options. Accommodation costs Australia has a range of accommodation options to suit every age and budget. In addition to the options listed below, there are inexpensive hotels, hostels and guest houses which are suitable for short-term stays. On-campus colleges On-campus accommodation is available at most universities and some vocational institutions. Prices vary depending on the level of services offered (eg whether meals are provided) but you can expect to pay between $100 and $300 per week. Boarding school Boarding school accommodation fees range from between $10,000 and $20,000 per year, depending on the school, the facilities and the location. Homestay Homestay – living with an Australian family – is a great option especially for younger students. It means being immersed in a local community and you will be practising 90 Above: Australian tuition fees tend to be less expensive than universities in the UK and the USA. Left: Your cost of living will vary depending on where you choose to live and study. Image courtesy of Tourism Queensland. Find out more For more information on tuition and living costs, see www.studyinaustralia.gov.au your English every day. You can choose from either room- only accommodation or full board where the family provides meals. Homestay accommodation ranges from around $110 to $270 per week. Renting a house or apartment Renting an apartment or house with a group of students is good value for money and provides you with independence and a sociable environment. Rental costs differ from state to state and region to region; you can expect to pay more in metropolitan centres like Sydney or Melbourne than in the outer-lying suburbs or regional towns. Generally, a student in shared accommodation will pay rent of between $70 and $250 per week. Renting an apartment or house yourself will cost between $150 and $600 per week depending on the size and location of the property. Not all rental properties are furnished so if you rent an unfurnished house or apartment, you will need to include furniture in your accommodation budget. You can buy second-hand furniture online or through newspapers or new, inexpensive furniture from many stores. Rental agreements usually require a security deposit (bond) which is one month’s rent in advance. Australia’s vast array of reasonably priced world-class education options coupled with its affordable high standard of living in a range of settings make it the ideal education destination. ¦ INSTITUTIONS AND COURSES
Australia The Education Destination 2010