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Life in Australia

Australia is diverse and multicultural. The country’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.

This unique mix of cultures, food, languages and religious backgrounds, directly influenced 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 via email internationalsupport@cqu.edu.au or visit Student Services on your campus.

Cost of living varies depending on the location, accommodation type and lifestyle you choose. It is generally cheaper to live in shared accommodation. Below is a sample guide on living costs in each state to help you prepare a budget.

Suggested weekly budget ($AUD)

Rent

New South Wales120 – 150
Queensland100 – 230
Victoria120 – 250
South Australia120 – 230
Western Australia120 – 200

Mobile and Internet

New South Wales20 – 50
Queensland20 – 65
Victoria20 – 30
South Australia20 – 50
Western Australia20 – 50

Groceries and Food

New South Wales50 – 100
Queensland50 – 100
Victoria50 – 100
South Australia50 – 100
Western Australia50 – 100

Utilities

(i.e. gas, electricity, water)

New South Wales20 – 50
Queensland20 – 40
Victoria20 – 30
South Australia20 – 50
Western Australia20 – 50

Transport

New South Wales30 – 50
Queensland20 – 40
Victoria20 – 30
South Australia30 – 50
Western Australia20 – 40

Miscellaneous

New South Wales50 – 100
Queensland50 – 100
Victoria50 – 100
South Australia50 – 100
Western Australia50 – 100

Total

New South Wales290 – 600
Queensland260 – 560
Victoria280 – 540
South Australia290 – 580
Western Australia280 – 540

*Utilities such as gas and electricity are often included in CQUniversity's Student Residence and our approved homestay.

Please note that this table should be viewed as a guide only for a single student. These are basic living costs and do not include tuition fees, study related costs such as textbooks and stationery, OSHC fees or any luxuries. Insider Guides provides a helpful online Cost of Living Calculator to estimate your weekly, monthly and yearly living expenses.

The Department of Home Affairs has financial requirements you must meet in order to receive a student visa for Australia. From 1 February 2018, the 12-month living cost is:

  • Student/guardian - AUD$20 290
  • Partner/spouse - AUD$7 100
  • Child - AUD$3 040.

The climate in Australia varies widely. Below is a snapshot of the average minimum and maximum temperatures in degrees Celsius (oC) in the cities where our campuses are located.

Summer

(Dec - Feb)

Adelaide15 – 26
Brisbane21 – 30
Bundaberg24 – 30
Cairns24 – 31
Gladstone23 – 30
Mackay23 – 30
Melbourne13 – 26
Noosa21 – 29
Perth18 – 31
Rockhampton22 – 32
Sydney19 – 26
Townsville24 – 31

Autumn

(Mar - May)

Adelaide12 – 22
Brisbane17 – 27
Bundaberg17 – 27
Cairns22 – 29
Gladstone19 – 28
Mackay19 – 27
Melbourne10 – 20
Noosa17 – 26
Perth14 – 24
Rockhampton18 – 28
Sydney14 – 23
Townsville20 – 29

Winter

(Jun - Aug)

Adelaide7 – 16
Brisbane18 – 22
Bundaberg11 – 22
Cairns17 – 26
Gladstone13 – 19
Mackay12 – 23
Melbourne6 – 14
Noosa10 – 22
Perth9 – 17
Rockhampton10 – 24
Sydney8 – 18
Townsville14 – 26

Spring

(Sep - Nov)

Adelaide11 – 21
Brisbane16 – 27
Bundaberg16 – 27
Cairns21 – 29
Gladstone18 – 28
Mackay18 – 28
Melbourne9 – 19
Noosa15 – 26
Perth11 – 21
Rockhampton17 – 29
Sydney13 – 22
Townsville20 – 29

Source: Australian Bureau of Meteorology.