The cost of living in Canberra is moderate and the city provides a variety of options to help keep costs down, including low-cost supermarkets and discount stores. It also helps to buy seasonal produce and cook your own meals as other options to manage your budget.

Estimated Cost of Living in Canberra

To live on your own, you need about AUD $26,000 a year to cover basic costs. We also recommend you have at least AUD $5,000 on arrival 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 cost of supporting a family can be substantial, wherever you are. In Canberra, the additional living cost for a partner is about $8,000 per year. The additional living cost for each child is about $5,000 per year. This does not include the cost of childcare or schooling.

The childcare cost in Canberra is about $500 per week ($100 per day). At the more popular childcare facilities, there are often no vacancies and a long waiting list.

For more information, please see the Australian Government information on 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.