Australia is an affordable and friendly place to study

It also offers a combination of quality education and high living standards. The cost of living in South East Queensland, where our five Griffith University campuses are located, is considered more affordable than other major Australian cities such as Sydney and Melbourne.

Study costs

As an international student you are required to pay tuition fees. You can view our fees website for more information or visit our degree finder for the specific tuition fees for each program.

Students studying an English language course will also be required to pay tuition fees.

As part of your study, you will be required to pay Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of your visa.

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Cost of living

Studying overseas will require you to pay more than just tuition fees. These costs will vary depending on your lifestyle, accommodation and personal requirements. In addition to study fees, you will also need to budget for accommodation, transport and parking and other living expenses such as groceries, entertainment and clothing. You will also need to budget for your return trip home, international phone calls, student visa and recreational activities.

The Australian Government requires students to have access to AU$20,290 (Australian dollars) per year to meet their living costs.

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  • Groceries and eating out: $80 to $280 per week
  • Gas, electricity: $20 to $50 per week
  • Phone and Internet: $20 to $55 per week
  • Public transport: $20 to $55 per week
  • Car (after purchase): $150 to $260 per week
  • Entertainment: $80 to $150 per week
  • On-campus accommodation: $166 to $208 per week
  • Off-campus accommodation: $160 to $450 per week
  • Homestay: $190 to $280 per week

The information above is based on 2019 costs. Please be advised it is an estimate only and individual differences mean prices will vary. The above costs do not include: security deposit, textbooks, clothing and medical expenses.

At a glance

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Bringing your family

If you are bringing your family with you to Australia, you will need to make sure you have access to the necessary funds to support your family financially.

Bringing your family

Exchange rates

Use a currency converter to view the exchange rate between the Australian dollar and your local currency.

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Scholarships and finance

Griffith offers an exciting range of scholarships to support international students with study and living costs. We also support more than 250 sponsored students from around the globe and assist with financial aid options and student loans.

Scholarships and finance

Work-study options

Working part-time can also help complement your study and living experience. As an international student, you can work up to 40 hours per fortnight, subject to visa restrictions.

Working while studying

Contact us

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