Living in Sydney

This information will help you get a feel for living in Sydney, how to arrange accommodation, how much money you will need to support yourself (and any dependants), and where you can go to socialise and make friends.

It is a requirement of the Department of Home Affairs that, from 1 July 2012, prospective overseas students will need to demonstrate that they have access to at least AUD$18 610 a year to fund their living costs in Australia. Initial establishment costs for a shared apartment, such as rental bonds for accommodation, electricity, gas and telephone, could add up to at least AUD$4 200.

More information about studying in Australia is available from the Australian Government's Study in Australia website:


There is a lot to consider when planning accommodation in a new country. The Australian Government's Study in Australia website provides helpful tips about searching for accommodation.

UniStays offers services to help you find private rental accommodation in Sydney.


Non-tuition fees

We recommend that students budget AUD$600 per year to cover costs for textbooks, stationery and other sundry costs. The costs of books vary depending on your program. It is advisable for you to buy at a minimum the core textbooks suggested by their lecturers and reading lists.


Entertainment in Sydney caters to a wide range of budgets.

Beyond the campus, Sydney hosts major events starting with the Festival of Sydney in January. These provide opportunities to explore the cultural and artistic aspects of Australia.

When you first arrive in Sydney, a trip on the 'Sydney Explorer' bus can be a great way to visit different parts of the city. A day pass will take you to see Sydney's top sights. You can pre-book tickets at Sydney.com

Entertainment cost estimates:

  • movies: $17
  • eating out: $30+
  • take away food: $10 - $15
  • lunch in a cafe: $8 - $15
  • coffee: $3.00
  • fast food (McDonalds, KFC, food courts): $5 - $12

Public transport

Sydney's public transport network includes buses, trains, ferries and light rail servicing the city and suburbs. Find travel options and at NSW Transport Info.