Costs & Practicalities
How much does it cost to study in Australia or New Zealand?
Please check the information in this section carefully to get a guide to university tuition fees and an idea of what to expect from living costs. When preparing your budget, remember to factor in how long you intend to be in Australia or New Zealand each year. The academic year is typically 40 weeks long, and lots of the online cost calculators and example budgets provided by the universities work on the assumption that you will be there for just 40 weeks. If you want to stay on over the summer and work, or travel (which you're entitled to do on a student visa) you'll need to allow extra budget to cover this.
Your budget checklist:
- Tuition fees
- Living costs (including accommodation, food, local travel, textbooks, going out)
- Flights (most students come home once or twice a year)
- Student Visa (for Australia this is a one-off cost, as your student visa is valid for the duration of your stay. For New Zealand, your visa will need to be renewed at the university after one year)
- Health Insurance for the duration of your stay (this can be arranged through the university, and price quotes are provided on letters of offer, or use an OSHC comparison website such as OSHC Australia). The Australian Department of Health have a FAQ about OSHC here.