International Students Coming to Australia Living costs and other expenses

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Living costs and other expenses

Studying in Australia is very affordable especially when you know what to budget for. The below information is a good example of some of the basic costs associated with living and studying during your time at JCU.

On Campus

Full-board $296 - $435
Self-catering $218 - $238

For more information on accommodation visit JCU Accommodation Services.

Off Campus

1 bedroom flat/unit $230 - $275
2 bedroom flat/unit $295 - $350
3 bedroom flat/unit $320 - $350
4 bedroom house $430 - $465
2 bedroom townhouse $280

All costs listed are median weekly rents for Cairns and Townsville, and are subject to change. Based on postcodes: 4870, 4811
Sourced from the Residential Tenancy Authority Queensland, September 2016.

Estimated Costs

The following table provides a guide to the approximate cost of living in Cairns and Townsville.

ExpenseApproximate cost (A$)
Rent (share only) $120 - $150
Electricity $10 - $30
Internet, Mobile** $20 - $55
Transport/Travel $10 - $50
Homestay $180-$230

Based on a privately rented share house. All costs are approximate and are subject to change.

**JCU has free wireless Internet available to students on campus.