International Students Fees and costs Living costs and other expenses

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
www.jcu.edu.au/jcuhalls/money

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.