Living in Sydney

Living in Sydney

Living in Sydney

Cost of Living

How much does it cost to live in Sydney? It all depends on your lifestyle and where you live. In Sydney, the biggest expense is accommodation, which could range from $80 per week for a shared room to over $500 per week for a private apartment. Other expenses you’ll need to think about are food and groceries, utilities, phone and internet, transport and entertainment. The Department of Home Affairs estimates students’ living expenses at about $20,000 per year. Add $7,000 to this amount if you are bringing a partner and $3,000 for a child. Many international students do part-time work to help cover the cost of living.

Find Work While You Study

On a student visa, you can work up to 40 hours a fortnight during school terms, and unlimited hours during school breaks. You’ll find that our timetable makes it easy to fit in 20 hours of work each week, and we have plenty of school breaks to allow you to travel or work extra hours. On a working holiday visa, you can work as many hours as you like, but you can only work for each employer for 6 months or less.

Our teachers can give you tips on where and how to find part-time work. We can even check your CV and give you advice on Australian workplace culture. Furthermore, our English lessons include job interview role-plays and knowledge of Australian workplace laws.

To work in Australia, you’ll need to set up a tax file number (TFN). Go to to register for a TFN. If you need any help or have any questions, just ask us!

Overseas Student Health Cover

All student visa holders must have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC). This provides you with medical and hospital insurance while you are in Australia. The insurance contributes to the cost of medical treatment, prescription medicines and emergency ambulance assistance. You must arrange health cover before you arrive in Australia, and you must have cover for the entire duration of your stay. There are 5 insurance providers that provide OSHC. They are:

Finding a Place to Live

Rent a house or apartment/unit

You may rent a property privately or share with other students. The price will vary depending on the size of the property, the location, and how many people you are sharing with. To look for properties to rent privately, you can visit or To find housemates for shared accommodation, you can visit or


You can stay in a family’s house, usually with your own private bedroom. It costs about $200 a week without meals and about $300 a week with meals. You will need to pay a placement fee to a homestay agency. There are many benefits of homestay accommodation – you get to meet locals, you practise your English at home every day, receive support from local Australians, and enjoy home-cooked meals.

Student accommodation

These are specially-built apartment buildings for the student lifestyle. They are usually in convenient locations and have great shared facilities such as a gym and games rooms. They are an excellent place for mixing with other students from all over the world. Good quality student accommodation can cost a bit of money – around $300 a week for a shared room, $400 a week for a single room in a shared apartment, or over $500 a week for your own studio.

Youth hostels

These are similar to student accommodation, but are designed for backpackers or people who need short term accommodation. They usually charge per night rather than per week. The price varies a lot depending on how many people are sharing the room.

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