Costs Associated with Studying in Australia
When you apply for a student visa you must also provide evidence that you have enough money to pay your tuition fees, return air fares and living costs while you are living in Australia. We have included here some estimates of living expenses in Sydney for single students. The cost of living in Sydney will vary depending on your choice of accommodation and the suburb. Following is an indication of the costs you may incur. In addition to the 37-week academic year, there is a 10-week summer break from December to February – an ideal time to seek casual or part-time work to offset your expenses.
The categories below will give you a rough idea of how much you should budget for your expenses whilst studying in Australia.
|Weekly Costs ||Shared House or Unit (AUD) ||One-Bedroom Unit |
|Indicative weekly rent ||100-250 ||250-500 |
|Miscellaneous household expenses ||50 ||90 |
|Utilities (gas, electricity, phone) ||60 ||85 |
|Food ||80 ||90 |
|Travel ||50 ||50 |
|Spending money ||60 ||60 |
|Average weekly cost ||400-550 ||625-875 |
The cost of public transport depends on how far away you live from Excelsia College and how often you use it. We recommend considering this cost when you decide where to live.
For information please visit the New South Wales transport website.
Medical Insurance – OVERSEAS STUDENT HEALTH COVER (OSHC)
All International students, with the exception of Norwegian students and some Swedish students, are required to have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of their student visa. The cover provides basic health insurance for international students, similar to that provided to Australians, through Bupa. Additionally, OSHC includes access to some private hospitals and day surgeries, ambulance cover and some pharmaceutical benefits. Please see the Bupa website for details of cover and cost.
OSHC does not pay for ancillary services (for example, dental, optical or physiotherapy). Overseas students requiring cover for ancillary services may take out extra OSHC cover for these needs, or supplement OSHC with other insurance, such as international travel insurance.
Excelsia will organise OSHC for the duration of your student visa with our preferred provider, Bupa. If you wish to take out extra cover, you need to contact Bupa or other alternative health insurance provider directly. The Assistant Registrar will be able to answer any questions you have about OSHC.