As a prospective international student studying at the Griffith English Language Institute, it is important that you understand about the cost of living in Australia. As each student's financial situation is different, we recommend you take some time and think about the cost of living in Australia for your specific situation.
The Australian government requires students to have access to AU$19,830 per year to meet their living costs.
- Student visa living costs and evidence of funds (Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection)
As an example, below is a breakdown of possible living costs.
- Shared accommodation - AU$70 to AU$250 per week
- Groceries and eating out - AU$80 to AU$200 per week
- Gas, electricity - AU$60 to AU$100 per week
- Phone and Internet - AU$20 to AU$50 per week
- Public transport - AU$10 to AU$50 per week
- Entertainment - AU$50 to AU$100 per week
How can I access my money?
When you arrive in Australia, we recommended that you have access to approximately AU$3,000 to cover any immediate costs. The following cards are accepted in Australia.
You will be able to withdraw cash at Australian ATMs (Automatic Teller Machines) if your debit card is a part of the Plus, Cirrus or Visa networks. Please ensure you check with your bank before you leave for Australia as you may need an updated card or pin to access this service.
In the long term, the easiest and most affordable way to access your money in Australia is to set up an Australian bank account. The major banks in Australia are
ANZ provides specialised information for international students on how to set up an Australian bank account before you leave for Australia. For more information on banking in Australia, visit