Studying in Australia

Studying in Australia is an amazing experience, and one you will remember for the rest of your life! But at the same time it can be an anxious experience moving away from your home, friends and family. We have put together this page to help you get through the first step of moving to Australia to begin your study journey.

Insider Guides provides you with extensive resources to prepare you for your move to Australia, as well as provide insight and guidance to your time studying here.

Learn more about Australian culture, employment, accommodation and much much more by viewing the Insider Guide to Studying in Australia.


Knowing the average living costs in Australia is a crucial part of your financial prepration when deciding to move to Australia. Below is rough idea of the some of the costs you will need to consider while living and studying in Australia.

Rent: $185 to $440 per week

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

The Cost of Living Calculator is a great tool for international students to use when planning the lifestyle of your choosing in Australia.

You can compare accommodation, transport options, entertainment activities and much more.



Accommodation is a big living expense for international students moving to Australia and there is a lot to consider. We recommend that you decide on where you would like to live, based on the campus you choose.

We encourage students to move into a shared apartment or find someone they can move in with, and choose a place where utilities such as electricity and water are included in the cost of the weekly rent.

For information about accommodation options in Australia, you can read the Insider Guide’s page Student Accommodation in Australia.


Australia has a wide variety of transport options in the city centres of each state. On average public transport will cost around $30-$60 per week, however, this will depend on the type of transport and how frequent you use the public transport system.

Visit the Insider Guides page, Transport: Getting Around Your City, to see a full breakdown of transport options in each city.

For more information on transport and parking around our ALG campuses please see our Campus Locations Page.

Study Costs

Before you move to Australia think about your study and living costs for the duration of your course.

After you are accepted at ALG, the cost of your tuition fees will be outlined in your Letter of Offer. Click here to see ALG’s tuition fees

Please note that course tuition fees may vary for different courses and may change each year.

For other additional costs, please refer to the additional fees table.


Obtaining a Student Visa

In order to study in Australia, all International Students must hold a valid Student Visa from the Australian Government, Department of Home Affairs. To be eligible for a Student Visa, a student must:

  • Be over 16 years of age
  • Have been accepted to study at an educational institution in Australia (substantiated by a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE)
  • Have Overseas Student Health Cover

Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)

OSHC is an insurance to assist international students meeting the costs of medical and hospital care that they may need while in Australia. OSHC will also pay limited benefits for pharmaceuticals and ambulance services. As an international student, you must show evidence that you have health insurance cover before a visa can be issued. OSHC is required for the total duration of your studies.

These are some of the insurance companies in Australia that offer OSHC to international students:

  • Australian Health Management
  • BUPA Australia
  • Medibank Private
  • Allianz Global Assistance (subcontracted by Lysaght Peoplecare)
  • nib OSHC

Please note that the list above is for students reference only.