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Other study and living costs

Program-related costs

In addition to general living costs, you’ll need things like textbooks, a computer, memory stick and stationery. Also remember to budget for course-related equipment such as lab coats or uniforms, and regular expenses like printing costs, parking or public transport.

Some professional programs (eg education, health) may require memberships, certifications, licences and/or immunisations. Check your program page for details.

Design program students should allow additional money for materials and printing costs.

Second-hand textbooks are often available at reduced prices or your textbook maybe available for loan in the library. English Language Program students are loaned textbooks for the duration of their English for Academic Purposes program.

OSHC costs

Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) is compulsory for most International students who are studying in Australia on a Student visa.

The costs for OSHC vary depending on the type of cover (single, couple/single parent or family) and the duration of your studies. This cost is separate to your tuition fees.

UniSC can arrange visa-length OSHC for you and accompanying family members on your behalf with our preferred provider, Medibank. You can review the benefits of Medibank's Comprehensive OSHC policy and pricing here.

To find out more about the cost of OSHC through Medibank, contact the International Office for a quote.

Living costs

An international student at UniSC would normally require approximately A$450 to A$500 per week to live comfortably on the Sunshine Coast. This covers typical accommodation costs, food, transport and other daily life expenses. This amount is in addition to airfares, visa application, health cover and tuition fees and will vary depending on your lifestyle and preferences.

If you have a spouse or dependent child accompanying you to Australia, you will need to allow more for living expenses.

The Department of Home Affairs provide an outline of how much a student should budget for living costs for themselves and any dependents. You can view it by visiting their Student visa - Step by Step instructions and by checking the information provided in Step 2 - Gather your documents > Evidence you have enough money for your stay.

Study Australia also provide information about indicative costs for living in Australia, as well as a cost of living calculator.

If your dependants are of school-age, you will be required to pay full fees for their schooling. You should allow at least A$9,660 per year for the cost of each child's schooling. Costs vary between schools and you are responsible for finding out how much your child's schooling will cost.

Below is an overview of common expenses for international students for you to use as a general guide. Food prices were sourced from the websites of local stores and reflect the cost for house brand products. Your personal shopping experience may differ, depending on the products you choose to purchase.

Expenses Approximate cost
General living  
Private share accommodation (may include electricity, water, internet, etc.) A$85–300+ (per week)
Homestay accommodation (may include some meals) A$235–325+ (per week)
Food A$100+ (per week)
Gas, electricity A$50–150+ (per week)
Phone, internet A$10–20+ (per week)
Transport A$20–55+ (per week)
Stationery, photocopying, etc A$20+ (per week)
Entertainment A$80–150+ (per week)
Cinema ticket (student rates) A$16.00
Food items  
Bread A$4+
Milk (2 litre) A$3.10+
Cheese (250g) A$5+
Eggs (large, free range) A$5.20+
Cereal (standard box) A$4.50–8.00+