Cost of Living

"Adelaide regularly achieves an excellent ranking as one of Australia's most affordable cities. In particular, the costs of accommodation and transportation are significantly less than in Sydney or Melbourne."* 

*The Economist Intelligence Unit’s annual World Wide Cost of Living Survey

Average weekly living expenses
Item Cost ($AUD)
Rent ~ $135-385
Food $90-135
Electricity, gas^ $40-55
Transport $20-35
Telephone, postage $20-40
Other (clothes, entertainment, etc.) $50+
Total $350-700

(Source - Study Adelaide

~ Accommodation costs can vary significantly based on location, type and arrangement. For example, centrally-located accommodation generally costs more than in outer suburbs. Similarly, students can lower their accommodation costs by sharing with other students - the lower end of the price range shown is mostly shared accommodation.

^ Gas and electricity are often included in University-managed accommodation.

This should be viewed as a guide only for a single student. Costs can vary enormously from one student to another. These are basic living costs and do not include program tuition fees, costs for textbooks, other study related needs, running a car, medical expenses, or any luxuries.

It is important to note that alongside your living costs will be other pre-arrival costs such as overseas student health cover (OSHC) and your student visa.