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    Cost of Living in Australia: Estimation of living and study costs before traveling to a foreign land is the primary step of planning for study abroad. Studying abroad is practically a very first experience for students when they are staying away from family and friends and managing the budget on their own. Similarly, it is the very first step that will lead a student to learn self-dependency and manage the expenses according to his/her earnings and budget. Those currently planning to study abroad in Australia don’t need to worry about the expenses much.

    Cost of Living in Australia

    Students should be aware that the costs of studying in Australia will depend on your education provider, the level of study you choose, and your study location in Australia.

    Knowing the average living costs in Australia is an important part of your financial preparation. For your reference, here are some of the costs associated with living and studying in Australia (all costs are in Australian dollars).

    The costs below are an approximate guide only and don’t take into account your budget and spending habits. The elaborated guide is written below to give you an estimation of the cost of living and study in Australia:

    1. Cost Of Study In Australia

    Australia ranks high among the top study destinations for Pakistani students. On average, more than 600,000 international students come to Australia annually. The study expenses in Australian universities also rank among one of the most expensive universities in the world. A student needs AU$20,290 each year for living costs alone. The good thing is, not all universities are expensive and the tuition fees vary according to the university’s ranking and location.

    The average tuition fee of undergraduate courses for international students is around AU$30,840 (~US$22,170) per year, and AU$31,596 (~US$22,700) for postgraduate programs. Study in Australia cost for Pakistani students, the official government site for the students from other countries, gives the breakdown of tuition fees as:

    -Master’s degree: AU$20,000 (US$14,400) to $37,000 (US$26,600)
    -Doctoral degree: AU$14,000 (US$10,060) to $37,000 (US$26,600)

    Working while studying

    Australian Immigration Laws are comparatively easy when it comes to working while studying. A slight request would often make you eligible to work in Australia as an international student. Though the rules might vary, generally students are allowed to work for up to 40 weeks in a year.

    The other aspect if the availability of a job and there is no dearth of the same either. Companies, local businesses, and retail shops often hire students (both domestic and international). As an international student, you are protected by the same labor laws as the domestic student populace which also means the minimum wages. As a student, you can expect around $17 per hour.

    2. Living Costs In Australia

    Apart from tuition, a student has to also think about the cost of living in that country. The fact that an excellent standard of living sets apart Australian cities also converts into a rather higher cost of living. Here’s a break up of different elements like rentals, utilities, entertainment, etc.

    The cost of living in big cities of Australia is pretty comparable with other famous student cities of the world. Normally students need AUS $ 19830 per year to live in Australia. This cost includes accommodation rent, food, local transportation, books, study material, stationery, clothing, entertainment, personal maintenance, laundry, etc. It is not a fixed cost, it can be varying according to circumstances. Normally the cost of living depends on your living style and living habits. A student can spend on groceries and dine out from AUS $ 80 to AUS $ 280 per week. And he needs to spend AUS $ 55 to AUS $ 195 per week for utility bills including phone and internet. Transportation can be cost AUS $ 150 to AUS $ 260 per week. And he may spend AUS $ 80 to AUS $ 150 per week for entertainment.

    3. Transportation Expenditure In Australia

    You need to travel around the city on daily basis as an international student living in Australia. You will be traveling to university then to work and back to your residence. There are public buses and trains running around the city. Buying a monthly travel pass for public transport will cost you $145 on average. For per day traveling the average cost will be $4. Traveling in a taxi is the most expensive option for students it will cost around $2 per kilometer. If you live in an accommodation which is near your university then using a bicycle is the best option for a student. The streets in Australia are designed considering the facility of bikers so moving around the city on the bike is convenient and affordable.

    Some universities have a private transport supplier that helps students who stay on campus or those who need to reach some remote areas.

    Depending on the area you are living in, you can benefit from other discounts from state programs such as QLD (Queensland), SA (South Australia), or VIC (Melbourne). Otherwise, a public transport pass for students costs between 30 and 70 AUD/month, depending on the city. You can also get around using a bicycle. You can rent one for around 40 AUD per day.

    4. Accommodation Costs In Australia

    International students who choose to study in Australia have a large range of accommodation options from which to choose. However, students need to be aware that housing at Australian universities is very different from what many international students will be used to because Australian universities provide little or no university housing. While on-campus housing does exist sparingly, most students at Australian universities live off-campus through homestay programs, hostels, or rental properties.

    Homestay: Homestay programs involve an international student living with an Australian family in their home, and it is a great way for international students to fully integrate themselves into Australian life. These programs are popular with secondary students or students enrolled in short-term English courses. Single or shared rooms are generally available, and costs vary by type of room but are usually between A$110 and A$270 per week. Although meals are generally covered under the cost, a self-catered homestay is also available. Students will find that their institution’s accommodation services keep a register of approved and reputable homestay providers.

    Hostel and Guest House Accommodation: Some international students may choose to stay in hostels or guesthouse accommodations. Kitchen and bathroom facilities are shared, and students cook for themselves in this type of accommodation. At around A$80-A$135 a week, these accommodations tend to be cheaper than university or homestay accommodations. They also provide a valuable opportunity for social interaction amongst other international students.

    Rental Property: Many students in Australia choose to share the cost of a rental property with several housemates. Students who choose this type of housing may either move into a pre-established household, or they may set up a household with friends. Students generally have to provide some or all of the household’s furniture, as rental properties are rarely furnished. Rental accommodations generally cost around A$100-A$400 per week, and shared rental accommodations cost around A$70-A$250 per week. These accommodations usually require payment of rent in advance, as well as a secure payment, which is generally equal to one month’s rent, paid upfront.

    On-Campus Housing: Although the majority of Australian students live off-campus, some Australian universities do provide housing for their students through residential colleges, halls of residence, or apartments. Prices and availability of accommodations vary according to the university, so international students should contact their institution prior to their arrival in Australia. Students should also apply early, as these accommodation options are limited and very popular. Generally, on-campus accommodation costs around A$80-A$250 per week.

    Residential Colleges: Residential colleges provide students with accommodation, meals, cleaning, and a range of services for social and academic needs. Because of the wide range of services offered, they are generally more expensive than halls of residence, which also offer accommodations, but with fewer added services than residential colleges. Halls of residence accommodations include some meals and cleaning services, but self-catering facilities are also available for students who wish to be more independent.

    Apartments: Some universities offer apartments either on or close to campus for their students to rent. Under this accommodation, students have the security of university-provided housing, as well as the independence of fully self-catered living. There is a wide range of accommodation options available to students in Australia, so students should put thought into choosing the option that best fits their needs. On average, 90-100% of students in Australia live off-campus, so there are plenty of off-campus housing options from which to choose. However, this also means that the demand for housing is high, particularly housing situated close to campus. International students are encouraged to arrive in Australia two to three weeks before the start of orientation so as to get situated before classes begin.

    Basic Points to Consider While Choosing an Accommodation

    -Locality (as an international student traveling abroad without family it is required to think about security first. Consult the accommodation department of your university, do an online search, and then make a final decision)
    -Rents (the rents are dependent on the location and facilities, do not pick the first option you get, do a thorough search about rents, and then make a decision by doing comparison)
    -Read the terms and conditions of the rental paper carefully before signing and agreeing. -Check if any extra charges or hidden charges involved before entering the apartment
    -Before choosing an expensive accommodation consider will you be able to afford it monthly?
    -If you are a private person and don’t like to deal share your living space with someone else then don’t commit to it. Because changing the accommodation type once you entered one is going to be expensive and difficult.

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