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The Education Destination : Australia The Education Destination 2011
Australia – The Education Destination 153 living coSTS Australia offers one of the highest standards of living in the world while remaining affordable to students on any budget. Australia’s visa regulations require international students to show that they can contribute to the cost of living and studying in Australia. Prospective student visa applicants and their family members must have access to the following funds to meet the living costs requirements: • $18,000 a year for the main student • $6300 a year for the student’s partner • $3600 a year for the student’s first child and $2700 a year for every other child. 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 cafés or go to 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. 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 in each city, town and State; 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 by 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). Homestay Homestay – living with an Australian family – is a great option especially for younger students. It means being immersed in a local community and practising 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. Boarding school (school students only) Boarding school accommodation fees range from between $10,000 and $20,000 per year, depending on the school, the facilities and the location. 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. ■ ‘Living in regional or outer metropolitan areas is usually cheaper than living in a large city like Sydney or Melbourne.’ Middle: An Australian university education represents value for money. Right: With its great weather and natural landscapes, Australia has many free outdoor activities. Image: Tourism Western Australia. ‘On-campus college accommodation is available at most universities and some vocational institutions.’ finD ouT MoRe For more information on tuition and living costs, see www.studyinaustralia.gov.au
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