There are a few initial costs you’ll need to allow for when your first set yourself up in Sydney. Costs will vary depending on what type of accommodation you’ve chosen - and any specific needs you may have.
Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) is essential for all international Students. OSHC must be arranged prior to applying for your student visa.
One of the first things most students do is set themselves up with a new Australian mobile phone SIM (here is a list of network providers), to keep you connected to family, friends and other students. Depending on your accommodation arrangements, you may also need to set up internet at home.
If you’re looking for furniture or other items to set up your new home, think about using sites like Gumtree and Facebook Marketplace. Buying pre-loved goods at a cheaper price is good for you – and good for our planet.
How much will it cost to live in Sydney?
Your weekly living costs will vary depending on your choices. In addition to your accommodation costs, students can expect to spend anywhere between $275 and $540 per week on general expenses.
- Groceries and eating out - $140 to $280 per week
- Gas, electricity - $10 to $20 per week
- Phone and Internet - $15 to $30 per week
- Public transport - $30 to $60 per week
- Entertainment - $80 to $150 per week
- Car (after purchase) - $150 to $260 per week
You can customise your living costs estimates and work out how much your expenses will be in your local currency with either the Living Cost Calculator or Currency Calculator.
UTS College students also have access to range of free services activities, including WiFi on campus, the Student Lounge and wellbeing programs, to name a few. You also get access to an awesome range of fun and exciting events and activities through UTS College Activities Club and Activate UTS.