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Life in Australia

Australia is a diverse and multicultural country. Australia’s original inhabitants, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, have been living in Australia for at least 40,000 years. The rest of Australia’s people are migrants or descendants of migrants who have arrived since the first European settlement was established at Sydney Cove in 1788.

The unique mix of cultures, food, languages and religious backgrounds, directly influence Australia’s culture and values. The landscape, cultural diversity and city life will vary depending on where your campus is located. This section will provide you with important information that will help you adjust to living and studying in Australia.

If you have any questions, please contact the International Student Support Team or visit Student Services on your campus.

The cost of living in Australia varies depending on your location, accommodation type and lifestyle. It is generally more affordable to live in shared accommodation. Inner city living is much more expensive compared to outer suburbs and regional areas. Below is a simple guide on living costs in each state to help you prepare a budget.

Please note, this is a guide only and the figures stated are subject to change.

Suggested weekly budget ($AUD)

Rent

Weekly rent can vary depending on the state you are in and the type of accommodation. Please use the costs stated here as an approximate guide only.

Type of Accommodation Weekly ($AUD)
Hostels and Guesthouses 90 to 150
Shared rentals 85 to 250
On-Campus and Student Apartments 90 to 350
Homestay 165 to 440
Private rentals 165 to 440

Living Expense including Utilities

Expenses

Weekly ($AUD)

Groceries and eating out

80 to 300

Gas, electricity and water

35 to 80

Phone and internet

15 to 55

Public transport

15 to 55

Car

150 to 260

Entertainment

80 to 150

Utilities such as gas, electricity, water and internet are often included in CQUniversity's Student Residence and our approved homestays.

These are basic living costs and do not include tuition fees, study related costs such as textbooks and stationery, Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) fees or any luxuries.

The Department of Home Affairs has financial requirements you must meet in order to receive a student visa for Australia. From 23 October 2019, the annual living costs and expenses are estimated as:

  • Primary applicant – AUD $21,041
  • Partner/spouse of primary applicant – AUD $7,362
  • Dependent child – AUD $3,152

For currency conversion, please visit  http://www.xe.com

For more information on the cost of living in Australia and for tips on creating a budget, please visit the following helpful websites:

The Insider Guides provides a helpful online Cost of Living Calculator to estimate your weekly, monthly and yearly living expenses.

The Australian Government website, Money Smart provides a lot of helpful information on managing finances in Australia.

The Study in Australia website has some excellent resources and is available in multiple languages.

The climate in Australia varies widely. The northern part of Australia tends to have quite a tropical climate with hot and humid summers and warm and dry in the winter. The Southern part tends to have mild summers and cold and rainy winters. Snow is rare but does fall in some regions.

The average temperatures in degrees Celsius (oC), in the cities where are campuses are located.

 

Summer (Dec – Feb)

Autumn (Mar – May)

Winter (Jun – Aug)

Spring (Sep – Nov)

Adelaide, SA

15 – 26

12 – 22

7 – 16

11 – 21

Brisbane, QLD

21 – 30

17 – 27

18 – 22

16 – 27

Bundaberg, QLD

24 – 30

17 – 27

11 – 22

16 – 27

Cairns, QLD

24 – 31

22 – 29

17 – 26

21 – 29

Gladstone, QLD

23 – 30

19 – 28

13 – 19

18 – 28

Mackay, QLD

23 – 30

19 – 27

12 – 23

18 – 28

Melbourne, VIC

13 – 26

10 – 20

6 – 14

9 – 19

Noosa, QLD

21 – 29

17 – 26

10 – 22

15 – 26

Perth, WA

18 – 31

14 – 24

9 – 17

11 – 21

Rockhampton, QLD

22 – 32

18 – 28

10 – 24

17 – 29

Sydney, NSW

19 – 26

14 – 23

8 – 18

13 – 22

Townsville, QLD

24 – 31

20 – 29

14 – 26

20 – 29

Source: Australian Bureau of Meteorology.

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