​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​When you study in Victoria, Australia, you can enjoy a very high standard of living with a reasonably low cost of living.

Working out what it costs

The table bel​ow will help you (and your family) work out your expected cost of living. Victoria is a place where it’s possible to live well without spending a lot of money.

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Item Description TypeEstimated cost (AUD)
HomestayBased on 7 nights
accommodation & 3 meals per day ($250 - $320 per week)
Annual$13,000 - $16,640
BooksVCE reading materials
and text books
Annual$400
UniformJumper, dress/trousers,
shirt, shoes
Annual$300 - $600
Exam feesYears 11 & 12 onlyAnnual$200 - $420
School CampIf offeredPer outing$300 - $500
TransportTrain, bus and tram (MYKI passes)
Weekly$27 - $39
Monthly$91 - $131
Personal expensesEating outPer outing$20 - $30
Movie ticketPer outing$22
MagazinePer unit$10
DVD PurchasePer unit$30
Hot chocolate or coffee in a caféPer unit$4.50 - $6.00
Attraction entry
(eg. Zoo, Aquarium)
Per outing$30 - $35
HaircutMen's$20 - $40
Women's$40 - $70
Postal servicesLocalPer stamp$1
InternationalPer stamp$3
Telephone servicesMobile phoneMonthly$40 - $60​
Phone cardPer unitFrom $20
Telephone callLocal - per call$0.25 - $0.40
International - per minute$1 + $0.55 connection fee

Last Update: 11/11/2016 11:37 AM