Setting up your new home
These are the costs you will most likely encounter when moving to a new city and/or to a new accommodation.
|One month's rent in advance||
|It's common procedure to pay a month's rent in advance as a lump sum.|
|Bond is usually one calendar month and therefore more than a 4-week's calculation.|
|Utilities/phone connection||$150-$200||This will vary depending on the provider.|
|Furniture and household items||$500-$1500||This cost assumes that whitegoods (e.g. refrigerator, washing machine etc.) are included. Always check with your landlord or renting agent if whitegoods are included; if not, you will need to purchase these items yourself.|
Living independently as an adult includes responsibilities like paying rent, bills, buying your own food and making sure you have transport to get around. Mind that the estimated costs below may also vary depending on whether you are frugal or a big spender.
|The campus you attend and the type of accommodation you are living in will affect the price.|
|Electricity, gas and water||$35-$140||Different utility providers charge different rates.|
|Phone and Internet||$20-$55 (pre-paid arrangement or plan)||
Mobile phone bills will vary depending on the plan you have.
$100 for car
|Car costs include registration, insurance, fuel, parking, and maintenance.|
|Public transport (PT)||Up to $55||This rate is based on a full-fare Myki two hour trip. Concession fares are available to eligible students. Depending on your PT usage, you may find
|Recreation/entertainment||$80-$150||This cost will depend on the choice and frequency of entertainment or hobby.|
*Our current cost of living figures claim accuracy as at 2018.