When you calculate the cost of living in Melbourne or regional Victoria you may find that the expenses are different to what you have to pay in your own country.

The Living costs in Australia page on the Study in Australia website lists some common expenses and approximate costs.

The Cost of living page on Insider Guides website steps you through common expenses to provide an estimate of the cost of living in Australian cities.

What to include in the cost of living

Rent (or other accommodation), utilities, groceries, restaurants and transport are good places to start.

Rent and other accommodation
Tenants pay rent and also need to pay for electricity, gas, internet and cable services. If you are sharing the rental of a property, you and the other tenants will probably split these expenses between you.

The costs below are an approximate guide only. Students should be aware that these costs can vary depending on your study location in Australia.

• Hostels and Guesthouses - $90 to $150 per week
• Shared Rental - $85 to $215 per week
• On campus - $90 to $280 per week
• Homestay - $235 to $325 per week
• Rental - $165 to $440 per week
• Boarding schools - $11,000 to $22,000 a year

Other living expenses
• Groceries and eating out - $80 to $280 per week
• Gas, electricity - $35 to $140 per week
• Phone and Internet - $20 to $55 per week
• Public transport - $15 to $55 per week
• Car (after purchase) - $150 to $260 per week
• Entertainment - $80 to $150 per week