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Advice on Accommodation & Living Costs in Australia

Advice on Accommodation & Living Costs in Australia.

The main options for undergraduate students in Australia are:

• Halls of residence – usually on campus, and solely for students. Halls of residence are filled predominantly with undergraduate students, and this is the option that most international students choose. Halls are likely to cost AUD$90-$280 per week.

• Homestays – where families open up their home to international students for extended periods, so they can experience the culture whilst completing their university course. Cost: AUD$235-325 per week.

• Private rentals – where students rent an apartment privately from a landlord, either on their own or with other people, usually other students. Cost for shared rentals is likely to be between AUD$165 and $440 per week. You will need to, on average, have at least AUD$ 19,830 per year to cover all your living costs as the cost of living in Australia is high - but this is comparative to the wages people earn. (Rates are intended as a guide only)

For Parents

Helping your child stay safe

Australians enjoy a lot of freedoms, and the country is a relatively safe place to live. Students should always take care to protect their own personal safety in order to avoid becoming victims of crime. They can do this by:

• Avoiding carrying around large amounts of money
• Staying in groups, especially at night, and avoiding walking alone where possible
• Not making valuables obvious
• Always having a route home planned and never getting into unlicensed taxis
• Being wary of strangers
• Being careful of traffic

Staying in touch

Staying in touch when your child is studying on the other side of the world might seem daunting – but there are ways you can talk regularly that don’t have to involve long distance phone calls and a nasty bill at the end of the month. Here are a few tips:

• Skype – the free video calling service can be downloaded within seconds, and will allow you to talk face to face anywhere you have an internet connection

• Blogging – maybe encourage your child to keep a blog of their adventures overseas, so that other families members (such as grandparents) can keep up to date

• Local sim cards – it is also a good idea for your child to buy a phone with a local pay as you go sim card when they arrive so that they can text and call home without running up a bill