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Cost of Living In Australia

Cost of Living In Australia

Cost of Living In Australia

The cost of living in Sydney NSW and Brisbane QLD

The cost of living in Australia varies from city to city and state to state. Here are some indicative prices for accommodation, entertainment, transport and other living expenses.

Accommodation type Weekly Cost $AU Sydney (indicative) Weekly Cost $AU Brisbane (indicative) What’s included
Private rental $175-$400 $175-$400 Your rental might include some appliances. You’ll need to arrange your gas and electricity connections. See our page on Setting up a home in Australia  for more information.
Home stay
See our Student Accommodation page
for more information
$180-$305 (shared) $170-$295 (shared) A home stay covers the cost of a furnished bedroom, meals, internet, and utilities.
$210-$335 (single) $200-$325 (single) Exactly how much it costs depends on how many meals you want each week and whether you share a room with another student.
Student apartment $250-$500 $250-$500 A student apartment includes a furnished bedroom, 24-hour support, internet, private ensuite and they are usually in an excellent, convenient location.

Other Living Costs

As well as paying for your accommodation, you’ll also have weekly, monthly and daily expenses for things like transport and groceries. If you rent your own property, then you you’ll probably have some other expenses like furniture and appliances to set up your home.

Sydney Costs
Brisbane Costs
Weekly Groceries $80-$280 $80-$280
Monthly power bills each month for one person $311 $232
Mobile phone plan $30-50/month $30-50/month
Monthly Internet Connection $62 $55
Transport Petrol per litre $1.24 $1.25
Monthly ticket public transport $140 $128
8 km trip in a taxi $23 $22
40” flat screen TV $686 $471
Couch From $199 From $199
Bed From $299 From $299
Dining table with 4 chairs From $169 From $169
Washing machine From $499 From $499
Fridge freezer From $479 From $479
Rice cooker From $39 From $39
Eating Out Basic lunchtime meal $15 $15
Combo meal at fast food restaurant $10 $11
Dinner for two at the pub $48 $57
Dinner for two at a restaurant $115 $108
Coffee $4 $4.50
Beer (500ml) $7 $8
Cocktail $18 $17
Entertainment Gym membership (one month in the Sydney CBD) $86 $70
Two tickets to movies $39 $29
Two tickets to the theatre (best seats) $259 $228
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