What’s it like to live in Australia? Amazing! Our campuses are located in Australia’s most multi-cultural and sophisticated cities. And in Australia, stunning nature is always close by.
Sydney is a geographically stunning, friendly and cosmopolitan city that people from all over the world call home. It's a place of pristine beaches and chic cafés and New York-style restaurants and bars. Nature is always close by with stunning beaches 20 minutes away from most campuses, and major National Parks in every direction. Our Sydney campuses are all in excellent positions, close to Sydney Harbour, the Central Business District and historical and cultural quarters.
Melbourne has a reputation as the cultural and creative hub of Australia. It has a cooler climate than Sydney with lots of indoor activities on offer. There's always something exciting happening in Melbourne's hive of bustling, creative laneways with their boutiques, restaurants, cafes and bars. The city is also a melting pot of many cultures so you will find fantastic food, markets and cultural events. Both our campuses are centrally located in trendy inner-city neighbourhoods, so going to class is easy and fun!
Brisbane is Australia’s third most-populated city (after Sydney and Melbourne) and offers a sunny, warm climate. Brisbane offers all the conveniences of a modern and cosmopolitan city. It is culturally bursting but still offers a relaxed lifestyle that’s affordable and perfect for students. If you love beaches and nature the beautiful Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast beaches and famous Great Barrier Reef are close by. Studying in Brisbane also gives you access to our cutting-edge campus that overlooks the beautiful Brisbane River. This is no ordinary campus! Expect light-filled atriums, collaborative learning spaces and the coolest interior design.
All students have access to Think: Positive – a caring student support program that helps you while you are studying in Australia and living away from home.
At Think Education, we don't want life's challenges to get in the way of your academic success and experience of studying and living in Australia. While you are completing your course, you will have access to our campus Support Teams who can help you with problems or difficulties, especially if you are away from your family. All conversations are confidential and can be held face-to-face or over the phone.
We will help you
- Academic problems, eg. concerns with assignments, exams, workload etc
- Understanding Australian culture and education
- Dealing with family or relationship issues
- Coping with change, ie. ‘culture shock’ and living in a new country
- Handling missing your friends or support
- Managing stress, depression and other emotional issues that affect your study
- Balancing commitments
- Coping with challenging situations and people
- Motivation, goal setting and confidence
- Unexpected illness affecting your studies
- Advice on disability support (See policies, procedures & forms for more info)
Australia offers a fantastic lifestyle with access to cultural events and festivals, multicultural cities, great food from around the world and stunning nature. But how much does it cost to live in Australia? Use these calculations to give you an estimate of how much you will spend.
Living costs in Australia
Your living costs in Australia will vary depending on which city you are living in and your lifestyle. For example, if you decide to cook your own food at home its far cheaper than eating takeaway or eating out in restaurants. There are many ways to make the most of your budget and save money.
Here is an estimate of daily and weekly expenses:
|Bus or train ticket||$20 - $35 per week (depending on how far from campus you live)|
|Movie ticket||$15 (Student price – most cinemas offer 1 cheap movie night)|
|Cup of coffee||$4-$5|
|Pre-paid overseas phone card||$10-$20 per week|
|Take away food||$8-$15|
|Lunch in a cafe||$10-$20|
|Fast food (McDonald, KFC etc)||$5-$15|
|Rent||$150-$500 per week (depending on if you share or live alone). See accommodation|
|Weekly groceries||$50-100 approximately per person|
|Sporting events||From $25 a ticket|
|Concert tickets||From $100 a ticket|
Shopping for food
Australian cities offer a wide range of shopping facilities. Supermarkets stock a huge range of products and are reasonably competitive in price. Supermarket 'home brands' are usually cheapest. Most stores offer a wide range of ingredients for international as well as Australian cuisines, and have Asian and imported food sections. It pays to shop around and buy fruit and vegetables that are in season as they're cheaper. Most cities have regular markets offering fresh produce too and there are very affordable Chinatowns in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth.
Cell phones (mobile phones) and landlines
Phone costs depend on whether you're using a home landline phone, mobile or both. For mobile connections we'd recommend you look for a pre-paid card or a monthly plan that best suits your needs. Pre-paid international phone cards can be inexpensive and are available at most convenience stores and newsagents.
From time to time you'll incur other expenses such as postal charges, gifts and haircuts.
- Post charges: for more information visit www.post.com.au
- Hairdresser: range from $20 to $60 for a basic haircut
- Gifts: $20 and up
Children’s school fees
If you have a school aged dependent, you will be required to pay full fees if enrolled in either a government or non-government school. Check the government’s education website in the state you will be living in.
For more information about living in Australia visit the Australian Government’s website.
Which city should you live in? See Living in Australia.
Many students living away from home chose to stay with Australian families or share an apartment with other students.
Living with an Australian family
Living with other students or friends
Whether you want to share an apartment or book into a hostel for the first few days, the following websites may help to find a nice place and give you an idea of prices: