Cost of Living in Australia Part II

Costs for activities

In addition to working for the university, you naturally also want to have fun studying abroad. Therefore, students should factor in the cost of recreational activities when considering the cost of living in Australia.

There is no shortage of leisure opportunities in Australia. If you like, you can, for example, watch the latest blockbusters in Australian cinemas, meet fellow students in a trendy bar and then go to a club to dance or attend one of the many sporting events and much more. In total, students should budget around AUD 200 to AUD 400 per month for activities, depending on where in Australia they live. Here are a few price examples for popular leisure activities:

Company Costs
Eating out in a cheap restaurant AUD 18.00
1 cinema ticket AUD 18.00
1 ticket for an “Australian Football” * match AUD 25.00

* Popular Australian sport that is similar to rugby

Transportation costs in Australia

Whether to university, shopping or to the parties of fellow students – as a student you have to get from A to B somehow. Therefore, of course, transport costs are also part of the cost of living in Australia. In the city, public transport is the best and cheapest way to get from one place to another. The monthly costs for public transport in Australia are between AUD 40 and AUD 200. Those who like to cover distances by car can also purchase such a set of wheels. After that, there are of course fuel and other costs. Petrol is quite cheap in Australia compared to Germany. The liter costs on average AUD 1.39. Overall, the running costs for a car can be put at AUD 600 to AUD 1,000 per month. Fora taxi ride always has to be paid a basic fee. Then there is the fare per kilometer. The basic fee is on average AUD 4.00, the fare per kilometer is AUD 2.17.

Travel in Australia

Students who want to see a lot of the red continent while studying in Australia should take a plane for further domestic travel. Flying is relatively cheap in Australia. Depending on the travel time, there are, for example, flights from Melbourne to the region around Ayers Rock ( one way ) from AUD 139. However, so-called low cost airlines such as Jetstar or Tiger Air are not always the cheapest. It may be cheaper to fly with the largest Australian airline, Quantas. A comparison is worthwhile.

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Communication costs within Australia

Another item under the cost of living in Australia is the cost of communication. Of course, you want to get away as cheaply as possible.

When international students in Australia surf and make calls using their German mobile phone contract, high roaming charges arise. This is easy to avoid: on cell phones without a SIM lock, the German SIM card can easily be exchanged for a prepaid SIM card from an Australian mobile operator. The SIM card for Australia can either be ordered before departure or bought after arrival in Australia. Since, just like in Germany, there are many different mobile phone providers with different tariffs, it is advisable to compare the prices carefully. A cheap prepaid card with no credit is available for as little as AUD 2. Using your mobile phone to make calls within Australia costs an average of AUD 0.42 per minute.

Health care costs in Australia

International students in Australia usually have to be insured through the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC). This is special health insurance for international students in Australia. The OSHC costs an average of AUD 437 annually and covers about visits to the family doctor and up to a certain amount also prescription drugs. However, the OSHC does not reimburse dentist visits. Private international health insurance is recommended for such things.

In Australia, you have to be particularly careful about sunburn. That is why sunscreen is an absolute must-have for health protection. A 1 liter bottle of sun cream with a sun protection factor of 50+ is available from large supermarket chains for as little as AUD 9 to AUD 10.

Every now and then you may need medication for headaches and the like. The prices for painkillers, for example, are very different in Australia and Germany and depend on the manufacturer, among other things. Over-the-counter drugs, including some pain relievers, are also available in supermarkets in Australia. At the big chains, prices for a pack of pain relievers are between AUD 0.70 and AUD 17.00, depending on the product and pack size.

Cost of Living in Australia Part II