​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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
per week
$290 - $440
Textbooks/ stationery
Reading materials, text books and stationery
per annum
$400 - $700
School uniforms
Jumper, dress/trousers,
shirt, shoes
per annum
$300 - $950
VCE and VCE VM exam fees
Years 11 & 12 onlyAnnual$76.50 - $473.15
​VET - related materials fees
​e.g. hospitality equipment
​Per subject
​$60 - $950
School camps and excursions
If offered
per annum
$400 - $900
Transport
Train, bus and tram (myki​ passes)
Weekly$10 - $50
Monthly$50 - $200
Personal expensesEating outPer outing$25 - $45
Movie ticketPer outing
$12.50 - $15
Hot chocolate or coffee in a caféPer unit$4.50 - $7.00
Attraction entry
(eg. Zoo, Aquarium)
Per outing$35 - $50
HaircutMen's$30 - $60

Women's$50 - $70
Telephone servicesMobile phone
Monthly$20 - $100
Phone cardPer unit
From $10
Telephone callLocal - per minute
$0.36 - $0.50

International - per minute
$1.38 + $0.55 connection fee
​Electronic device costs 
​Computers, iPad or tablet
​per annum
​$500-$1250


CRICOS Provider Name and Code: Department of Education, 00861K.
CRICOS Course Names and Codes: Primary (Prep to Year 6), 019047G; Secondary (7-12), 019048F; Victorian College of the Arts Secondary Course (7-12), 028651A.
Last Update: 5/12/2023 9:44 AM