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Living Expenses

The figures below act as a guide to compare the cost of living for a single student in a student apartment or renting a private property.

When comparing costs, please bear in mind: 

  • all figures are in Australian dollars
  • costs will vary depending on location, lifestyle and preferences
  • rent is calculated on a 52-week basis
  • all costs are subject to an additional 10% Goods and Service Tax (GST).

Living expenses comparison

Establishment CostsStudent Apartment (PBSA)Private Rental
Bond/deposit calculation (refundable).  
Further details can be found here:
weekly rent x 4.333weekly rent x 4.333
Utility connection (electricity & gas)included150 - 200 pm
Furniture & household goods (not whitegoods)included2,500
Books, stationery, equipment600 - 700600 - 700
Accommodation fee15,600 - 36,296 pa15,600 - 36,296 pa
Food (includes snacks)from 100 pw from 100 pw
Travel (does not apply to students in walking distance)from 46 pwfrom 46 pw
Gas, electricity, waterincluded150 - 200 pm 
Mobile Telephone30 - 70 pm30 - 70 pm
Internet (may be included in the rent, check with the acommodation)includedfrom 60 pm
Miscellaneous expenses (medical, movies etc)150150

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