Cost Of Studying and Living In Australia and New Zealand

Cost of studying and living in Australia

Australia and NewZealand have now become very popular study abroad destinations for international students. This is because these two countries have the facilities to equip students with the needed skills to become competent in their fields of study. Unfortunately, only very few are aware of the cost involved in studying and living in these two beautiful countries, the more reason why I have decided to put up this article. So in today’s article, we shall be looking at the cost of studying and living in Australia and New Zealand as an international students. Lets start with Australia.

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Australia is a country and continent surrounded by the Indian and Pacific oceans. Australia’s major cities – Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide – are coastal. Its capital, Canberra, is inland. The country is known for its Sydney Opera House, the Great Barrier Reef, a vast interior desert wilderness called the Outback, and unique animal species like kangaroos and duck-billed platypuses.

Cost of studying in Australia

According to research by HSBC, Australia is one of the most expensive countries for international students. To study in Australia you will need about $20,000 to $30,000 for tuition fees annually. Living cost too is on the high side. For feeding, accommodation, transportation etc a student needs about $12,000 per year.

Here is the breakdown:


  • Hostels and Guesthouses – $90 to $150 per week
  • Shared Rental – $85 to $215 per week
  • On campus – $90 to $280 per week
  • Homestay – $235 to $325 per week
  • Rental – $165 to $440 per week
  • Boarding schools – $11,000 to $22,000 a year

Other living expenses

  • Groceries and eating out – $80 to $280 per week
  • Gas, electricity – $35 to $140 per week
  • Phone and Internet – $20 to $55 per week
  • Public transport – $15 to $55 per week
  • Car (after purchase) – $150 to $260 per week
  • Entertainment – $80 to $150 per week

Please note that these figures are in Australian dollars. You can do the conversion to know how much to pay in your local currency.


New Zealand

cost of studying and living in NewzealandNew Zealand is a country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean consisting of 2 main islands, both marked by volcanoes and glaciation. Capital Wellington, on the North Island, is home to Te Papa Tongarewa, the expansive national museum. Wellington’s dramatic Mt. Victoria, along with the South Island’s Fiordland and Southern Lakes, stood in for mythical Middle Earth in Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” films.

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Cost of studying in New Zealand

Tuition  fees in NewZeand Universities is equally on the high side like Australia. International students are expected to pay about $20,000 to $25,000 for courses in the fields of Arts, Sciences and Engineering. Medicine and Dentistry tend to be the most expensive, about $75,000 per year. Living cost on the other hand is somehow on the high side. For expenses like feeding, accommodation, transportation etc, a student needs about $1200 per month. Please note that the values here are in Newzealand dollars, so do the conversion to know how much to pay in your local currency.

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