Living in Sydney, Australia

Australia has the third highest number of international students in the world behind only the UK and the US. Australia has seven of the top 100 universities in the world. With over 22,000 courses across 1,100 institutions, Australia sits above the likes of Germany, the Netherlands and Japan, ranking eighth in the Universities 2012 U21 Ranking of National Higher Education Systems.

Australia has five of the 30 best cities in the world for students based on student mix, affordability, quality of life, and employer activity – all important elements for students when choosing the best study destination. Similarly, the living expenses and tuition costs are relatively lower in Australia in comparison to US and UK.

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Why Choose Sydney?

Sydney, a world-class city with its warm, sunny climate and its strong economy, has been the most popular choice for people moving to Australia. Around 40,000 new people move to Sydney each year and around 15,000 new homes are built to accommodate them.

This dynamic, multicultural city with a balmy climate offers a range of educational institutions to students and career opportunities are high in Sydney for immigrant communities.

Sydney owns most spectacular harbours in the world and many world class beaches and coastal walks to explore and enjoy which makes it one of the world’s most attractive cities to live in. Not to mention cool, artistic inner-city suburbs, such as Glebe, New town and Marrickville, where you can catch some great live acts in intimate venues. For further details refer this website,

Insider Guides – International Student Guides

INSIDER GUIDES – INTERNATIONAL STUDENT GUIDES are best practice guides to ensure students are prepared, welcomed, connected and supported in Australia. There are plenty of resources and information’s to help international students to settle in Sydney, Australia. For more information, please visit the link,

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Living Cost in Sydney

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.)


  • Hostels and Guesthouses $90 to $150 per week
  • Shared Rental $95 to $215 per week
  • On campus $110 to $280 per week
  • Homestay $235 to $325 per week
  • Rental $185 to $440 per week
  • Boarding schools $11,000 to $22,000 a year

Other living expenses

  • Groceries and eating out $140 to $280 per week
  • Gas, electricity $10 to $20 per week
  • Phone and Internet $15 to $30 per week
  • Public transport $30 to $60 per week
  • Car (after purchase) $150 to $260 per week
  • Entertainment $80 to $150 per week

Minimum cost of living

The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has financial requirements you must meet in order to receive a student visa. Below is a guide on the requirements you must meet to study in Australia:

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The Australian Government provides information and guidance on managing your finances. You can read more at

If you experience financial trouble while in Australia, talk to your institution’s international student support staff for assistance.

Working in Australia

As an international student, you can work up to 48 hours per fortnight (two-week period) and full-time hours during vacations. Before students begin working they will need an Australian tax file number. A tax file number (TFN) is a unique number issued to individuals to help the Australian Tax Office (ATO) administer tax and other government systems.

Casual or part-time work is a big help for international students to cover part of living expenses while studying in Australia. That will be an asset on your résumé later on the life. Students, in general, are likely to get jobs in retail, hospitality and customer service roles.

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