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||$400-$1000||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.|
Part of becoming a grown up usually 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||$30-$45||Different utility providers charge different rates.|
|Phone (fixed line)||$10-$15 (fixed only)||Mobile phone bills will vary depending on the plan you have.|
|Internet||$0-pre-paid arrangement or plan||Internet may be included in rent or it may be part of your mobile phone plan.|
|Food||$80-$100||You can reduceyour fod bill by shopping at discount supermarkets and local markets. Also keep an eye on special offers!|
$100 for car
|Car costs include registration, insurance, fuel, parking, and maintenance.|
|Public transport (PT)||Around $37.60 ($3.76 per trip)||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 iUse Pass more economical.|
|Recreation/entertainment||$50-$100||This cost will depend on the choice and frequency of entertainment or hobby.|
*Accommodation costs are based on advertised share housing available in 2015.