Estimated Cost of Living in Canberra

Estimated Cost of Living in Canberra

Canberra is Australia’s national capital of approximately 390,000 residents and a moderate cost of living.  There are many ways to keep costs down by shopping at low-cost supermarket and stores such as Aldi, Big W and Kmart.  Buying produce that are in season and cooking your own meals are useful options to manage your budget.

For a single, you will need approximately AUD $26,000 a year to cover basic costs. In addition, we recommend that you have at least AUD $5,000 when you arrive to cover the initial costs of study material, rental bond and furniture. These estimates do not include large household items such as a refrigerator or car.

The additional cost to support a family can be substantial.  Additional living cost for a partner/spouse coming with you is approximately an additional $8,000 per year.  Additional living cost for a child is approximately an additional $5,000 per year for each child.  This would not include the cost of childcare or schooling.  Childcare cost in Canberra is approximately $500 per week ($100 per day).  At popular childcare facilities, there are often no vacancy and a long waiting list.

For further information, please see the Australian Government information on living costs - https://www.studyinaustralia.gov.au/english/live-in-australia/living-costs

 

Weekly expenses for a Single student     

Shared house or flat

One-bedroom unit

Rent

$200 to $250

$350 to $450

Mobile phone and internet

$15

$15

Household products (cleaning, self-care)

$10

$10

Food

$100

$100

Utilities (gas, electricity, phone)

$30

$50

Travel (Concession Bus)

$30

$30

Spending money/Entertainment

$50

$50

Incidentals

$20

$20

Total weekly costs* (AUD)

$455 to $505

$625 to $725

 

 

 

* Please note these are estimates only; actual costs of living will be determined by lifestyle.​