We understand that as a student, you will have a have tight budget. Which means that you need to try to minimise spending.

Rent is the main expense everybody has. In fact it normally accounts for 35%-40% of your entire living cost.

This is why it is so important to know the differences in room costs upfront as this will impact your overall living costs.
The city were you choose to live and study will significantly impact on your living costs and lifestyle.

Choosing a cheaper city means you can you can do more with less. This will give you the possibility to save some money.

At the same time, it normally means that expensive cities are bigger and may have more casual employment opportunities.
You need to start balancing expenses to see which option works for you best.

The following is a guide only.
Make sure you check other sources as well.
Compare the data that we are including in this page so that you can make an informed decision of where to live.

Expect to pay the following for a private furnished room, shared bathroom, utilities included and near the city centre (no food).

Sydney: $350 or more per week.
Melbourne: $260 or more per week.
Brisbane, Perth: $250 or more per week.
Adelaide, Gold Coast, Newcastle & Wollongong: $240 or more per week.


Please note the below prices do not include furniture, utititlies (gas, electricity, internet) or meals.

Data taken January 2016 (add 10% on top for 2017)


Rent Average Expense
(Prices are Per Week)

-data from realestate.com-

Townsville

Northward
HOUSE
2 bedrooms $280
3 bedrooms $360
APARTMENT
2 bedrooms $250
3 bedrooms $275

Hobart

Sandy Bay
HOUSE
2 bedrooms $350
3 bedrooms $470
APARTMENT
2 bedrooms $320
3 bedrooms $405

Gold Coast

Surfers Paradise
HOUSE
2 bedrooms $355
3 bedrooms $650
APARTMENT
2 bedrooms $330
3 bedrooms $425

Wollongong

Fairy Meadow

HOUSE
2 bedrooms $388
3 bedrooms $480
APARTMENT
2 bedrooms $370
3 bedrooms $455

Adelaide

Norwood
HOUSE
2 bedrooms $390
3 bedrooms $500
APARTMENT
2 bedrooms $335
3 bedrooms $475

Brisbane

West End
HOUSE
2 bedrooms $455
3 bedrooms $600
APARTMENT
2 bedrooms $500
3 bedrooms $750

Canberra

Braddon
HOUSE
2 bedrooms $---
3 bedrooms $570
APARTMENT
2 bedrooms $470
3 bedrooms $580

Perth

South Perth

HOUSE
2 bedrooms $425
3 bedrooms $500
APARTMENT
2 bedrooms $395
3 bedrooms $580

Newcastle

Cooks Hill
HOUSE
2 bedrooms $430
3 bedrooms $540
APARTMENT
2 bedrooms $400
3 bedrooms $50

Melbourne

North Melbourne
HOUSE
2 bedrooms $490
3 bedrooms $650
APARTMENT
2 bedrooms $450
3 bedrooms $630

Sydney

Camperdown
HOUSE
2 bedrooms $678
3 bedrooms $835
APARTMENT
2 bedrooms $720
3 bedrooms $895

Sydney N.

Chatswood

HOUSE
2 bedrooms $678
3 bedrooms $850
APARTMENT
2 bedrooms $650
3 bedrooms $870