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Living in Australia

Cost of Study

The island country Australia is attracting more and more international students from all around the globe. Some of the top universities and colleges in the world are located in Australia and thus, Australia is becoming the new favourite among students. The Australian education system is another factor that adds to its attractability. Owing to its proximity to the Nepalese students,Nepalese student prefer to study in Australia rather than the western countries. The tuition fee differs from university to university as well as the type of programme and course you opt for.

Cost of Living

Australia ranks amongst the top 10 in the Human Development Index as well as the Quality of Life Index. In simple words, a developed nation, Australia is amongst the top countries of the world in terms of its education system, the GDP and purchasing power parity indexes. With a high level of incomes, it also enjoys a high level of health awareness, an excellent medical system as well as a politically stable economy.

But as a student, these are hardly the indices you would wish to worry about. What matters is how much it would cost to stay in Australia. So, here’s the above jargon simplified to numbers per month.


Average Monthly Expense



In INR         In NPR

Rentals (On-Campus Accommodation)


64,530          64,402.5

Transportation Pass


8604              8,587

Basic Amenities*


21,510           21,467.5



17,208           17,174

Estimated Total Monthly Expense


111,852         111,631



* Basic Amenities include your food/ grocery bills.

These figures, however, talk about the basics and would vary from university to university as well as the style of living you wish to maintain. If you would rather wish to stay in an independent accommodation or alternatively, your university does not have a hostel facility (though rare), then you would end up spending anywhere between AUD 1000 – AUD 1750 for a single room unit. Also, the level of expense may vary considerably for entertainment. If you are an exploring kind and would rather spend your weekend exploring the magnificent outback, the monthly expenses can rough denote to your weekly expenses as well.

So in all, it depends on how you wish to live. There’s a lot to spend on in Australia…but you need not to despair. You can always earn that extra amount to make your stay worthwhile.

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 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 labour laws as the domestic student populace which also means the minimum wages. As a student, you can expect around $17 per hour.

The kinds of jobs are also varied. There are both on-campus jobs as well as local jobs available and often universities have an office which would help you find the right one for you. The kinds of industry students are employed in vary from retail to hospitality to administrative/ teaching jobs. It is important to note that Australia offers excellent post-study work option for international students.