Tips for international students in Sydney

Tips for international students in Sydney
Updated 2019-06-26 08:26

Sydney is very costly for international students not only because of the tuition fees but also because of the living expenses. Students will often need to find a job to be able to make ends meet.

Being an overseas student, it is sometimes difficult to get your head around the student culture in Sydney. Students here enjoy the benefits of quality education but also the moderate climate and an incredible multicultural student population. The laid-back education style can feel unusual to some international students.

Student accommodation

As far as accommodation is concerned, both on-campus and off-campus living options are available, but the first option is quite expensive. Expats usually prefer the latter option as it is lighter on pockets. There are shared accommodations as well where rent is shared with housemates.

The cost of living

Cost of living for international students would be around AUD 20, 000 a year which would include:

'¢ Rent per person in shared accommodation ranges between $250 - $380 and can be more expensive depending on location

'¢ Groceries ranges between $100 - $120

'¢ Internet/Phone ranges between $30 to $100 depending on the plan you choose

Transport costs range between $10 to $50 per week depending on location

'¢ Gas/Electricity can be as expensive as $ 2,000 per month

'¢ Eating out is expensive so it is better to cook for yourself.

Student discounts

Student discounts are available for students completing their bachelors or masters in any institution in Sydney. An ISIC card would cost you $30, and you can have discounts on groceries, eateries, movies, and fuel. Student edge is an app you can use to buy educational material which would also get you discounts. If you need to purchase software for learning, student discount is a website that helps while studentVIP is the best place to find discounted textbooks for your course.

Whenever you need to buy something, always browse student discounts first as it can help you save quite a lot of money.

Working as a student

Students here also often get themselves a part-time job. As a student, you are allowed to work 40 hours a week during term-time and however many hours you wish during semester breaks. You must be familiar with your rights and should not opt for cash in hand jobs.


For the more socially and culturally slanted, Sydney's universally prestigious exhibition halls, art displays, and social celebrations are a treat for everyone. Regardless of whether it is the Bondi Beach sculpture exhibition or Fashion Week, or the various music and theatre exhibitions, you will never run out of things to do.

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