Accommodation and living costs for International Students

UNE International Student Accommodation Scholarships

International students commencing studies at the University of New England’s Armidale campus in 2019/2020 may be eligible for an accommodation scholarship in one of UNE’s residential colleges. The accommodation scholarships are valued up to AUD$11,000 each for up to one academic year of accommodation.

Registrations are now open. Scholarships are limited so eligible students should apply as soon as possible.

Students commencing in UNE’s Trimester 3 are not eligible to apply for the UNE International Student Accommodation Scholarship.

More information about the offer

New accommodation package at Earle Page College (EPC) for only $170 per week.

Earle Page College (EPC) offers an inclusive,friendly and welcoming College community for students from all over the world. Residential blocks are set amongst beautiful leafy grounds and courtyards.

Why choose EPC:
  • Flexible
  • Easy to apply
  • Secure and safe community
  • No contracts
  • No deposits or bonds
  • Nursing students don’t pay while on placement

More information about the offer

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The city of Armidale offers a variety of  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 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$20,290 a year for the main student;
  • A$7,100 a year for the student's partner;
  • A$3,040 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.