Accommodation and living costs

Accommodation

The city of Armidale offers lots of different accommodation options for students including fully catered lodging, boarding houses, share houses and private rentals.

Living Costs

Migration regulations in Australia require international students to show evidence that they can contribute to the cost of living and studying in Australia. This helps to ensure students are better able to make the most of their studies and have a safe and enjoyable experience in Australia.

While international students are able to supplement their income with money earned through part-time work in Australia, the 'living costs' requirement helps to support the success of students in their studies by ensuring that they don't have to rely on such work to meet all their expenses.

From 1 July 2016, the basic rate of living costs under the Migration regulations increased. Under these regulations prospective student visa applicants and their family members must have access to the following funds to meet the living costs requirements:

  • A$19,830 a year for the main student;
  • A$6,940 a year for the student's partner;
  • A$2,970 a year for child.

Students must demonstrate that the funds they are relying upon to meet the costs of studying in Australia will be genuinely available to them during their stay in Australia.

The figures above are indicative only and that costs can vary significantly depending on where you live in Australia. You should be prepared in case your living costs are greater than the indicated figures.

For more information visit the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.

Shopping

Australia's major town centres and capital cities have world-class  shopping facilities. Hours are generally 9.00am to 5.30pm seven  days a week, with late night shopping until 9.00pm on Thursdays  or Fridays. Mainstream grocery stores in Armidale include Coles and  Woolworths.

Below is a list of average costs for everyday grocery products in  Australia:

  • loaf of bread – A$2.50 to A$4.50;
  • two litres of milk – A$2.20 to A$3.50;
  • newspaper – A$1.50 to A$3.00;
  • box of breakfast cereal – A$3.00 to A$5.00;
  • jar of instant coffee – A$4.00 to A$10.00;
  • bottle of soft drink – A$1.50 to A$4.00;
  • bottle of shampoo – A$2.50 to A$5.50;
  • bar of soap – A$1.90 to A$2.50;
  • one apple – 50 cents to 90 cents;
  • one banana – 70 cents to 90 cents;
  • beef (500 grams) – A$7.00 to A$10.00; and
  • chicken (600 grams) – A$7.00 to A$10.00