Financial considerations are at the top of the mind for anyone who intends to study abroad. Besides the academic fee structure, you are unsure about how much you will need to take care of your living expenses which range from food and transport to entertainment and housing expenses. Any country with a high cost of living is a huge turn off for international students willing to study there, even if there are scholarships on offer for aspiring students. With all the scenic beauty Australia has to offer to it’s immigrating students, the cost of living is quite affordable. You can easily negotiate it as compared to other options you might be considering as offshore hosts for your education plans. Here we have a breakdown of costs for each potential activity that you will encounter if you intend to study in Australia and some tips to lower your financial burden. This list intends to help and assist all those potential students who are considering their future academic plans in foreign locales; all figures are featured in Australian Dollars:
Boarding & Accommodation Expenses:
There are plenty of boarding options in Australia that are affordable depending on what services you might require during your stay in the country. Living within the city limits could be more expensive as compared to living in the suburbs. Accommodation in the suburbs is likely to spike your transportation expenses and increase your commute time to and from your university. Most universities have accommodation facilities within their campuses which will cost you around $750-$800 AUD per month. There are also private lodging options at your disposal with one bedroom apartments available aplenty at rates of around $1800- $2000 AUD within the city limits. Bigger houses are also available if you have roommates to split up the total monthly rent for a 3 bedroom house at an approximate total monthly rental of $3000 AUD/ month. If you have 3 mates with you, it could provide you with a much bigger space at almost a $1000 AUD each.
Summer in Australia means a hot Christmas, with blue skies and heatwaves as far as the eye can see. A lot of tourists choose to visit at this time of year – particularly those who come from the other side of the world, where it is cold and snowy during the winter months. But rather than acting like a tourist, you will get a lot more out of your visit if you do it like a local. Here’s how!
Rent a home
Rather than staying in a hotel, consider renting a home for the duration of your stay. This will give you access to all of the important facilities that you may need, such as a kitchen and your own living space. It’s also great for feeling like you are at home yourself! Staying on a residential street is a good first step towards experiencing the country like a local, and it gives you the chance to see what daily life is like. You will probably be able to find somewhere in a good central location with public transport links, so don’t worry about being out of the action.
Sydney doesn’t really stand out as the cheapest destination in the world. If you want to truly have some fun there, you won’t get far with just some change in your pockets. On the other hand, it is quite possible that you can save some money here and there, just enough to have more than a decent time without spending way too much. It is not necessary to spend a fortune to have a good time in Sydney, especially because a lot of awesome activities, great weather and beaches are everywhere around you. Here is how to save up and still get the most of your Sydney experience.
Getting Around and Enjoying It
If you’re just looking for a way to go from point A to point B, you will be glad to know that the Sydney transportation system is really good. Also, Uber is all over Sydney, so you can use that, as well. However, once you get to the center, you should definitely walk. There are free walk tours organized with a guide every morning at 10.30 am and later in the evening at 6.00 pm. The evening tour is all about The Rocks.
If you have a taste for adventure and a love of the great outdoors, visiting Australia is probably on your bucket list. With a coastline stretching over 35,000 km and awesome cultural destinations like Sydney, Melbourne, and the Gold Coast, there’s no shortage of places to see and things to do. The only problem? It’s expensive. But if Australia is your dream destination, put a little time into researching for your trip and you can visit even on a limited budget.
One thing that seems obvious but that can make budget travel difficult in Australia is the sheer size of the country. It’s the 6th biggest country in the world, so you need to be more specific in your planning than just “I’m visiting Australia”. Depending on how long your trip is and how big your budget is, you may want to limit your travel within the country to 1-2 regions. Prioritize where you want to go and get the most out of your time and money.