Indicative Living Costs

Living costs may vary according to your lifestyle. The Department of Home Affairs provides an indicative annual living cost of approximately AUD$21,000 for a student. An additional AUD$7100 for a partner and AUD$3040 for a child. These costs are subjected to change and you should refer to the Department of Home Affairs website for the latest information.

Accommodation Options

There is a wide range of student accommodation options available to international students in Queensland. Some accommodation options may require a security bond. The security bond is generally 4 weeks rent which is refundable at the conclusion of the lease assumming that the accommodation is vacated in the same condition as it was at the beginning of the lease and there is no outstanding rental payments. Some of the accommodation options include:

  • Homestay, a popular type of accommodation. Students live with Australian families who provide a furnished room and up to three meals a day. Costs can vary, but are generally around AUD$200-AUD$260 a week, with a one-off placement fee of approximately AUD$195 - AUD$210.
  • Rental accommodation. Price will vary depending on the type, standard and location of the property. As a guide, a two-bedroom apartment could cost between AUD$300 and AUD$400 per week, and a three-bedroom house could cost between AUD$350 to AUD$A500 per week.
  • Shared accommodation with other students, a popular option because it reduces living expenses and fosters a supportive environment. The price for accommodation varies on the type, standard and location. The cost of renting a room varies depending on the location and length of stay, but is generally between AUD$100 to AUD$220 per week.
  • The abovementioned accommodation prices are a general guide only. After you have received your Australian study visa, please contact us if you need assistance to arrange your accommodation. Alternatively, you may find your own accommodation using the following websites: