Accommodation and living costs for International Students



There are a variety of accommodation options for students including fully catered lodging, boarding houses, share houses and private rentals.




The University has partnered with the Australian Homestay Network to provide students with an opportunity to have a fulfilling short-term living experience or choose a long-term  private rental close to campus.



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 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$21,041 a year for the main student;
  • A$7,362 a year for the student's partner;
  • A$3,152 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 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 Home Affairs website.


Armidale has numerous shops that vary from corporate businesses to smaller locally owned stores, therefore the diversity and range of products available caters to all. In addition to mainstream grocery stores such as Woolworths and Coles, Armidale has International specific stores such as the Nepalese and Indian grocery shop.

There are shopping centres in Armidale with a range of homeware, clothing, pharmacies, supermarkets, cafes and additional speciality stores.

Armidale business trading hours are generally 9am-5pm on weekdays (Monday-Friday) however certain stores extend their hours on Thursday for late night shopping (9am-9pm). On weekends (Satuday-Sunday) you will find many businesses have shorter trading hours however the town is usually busy with people visiting local cafes.