Cost of living

The University of Tasmania is an affordable option for international students, providing a great standard of living and lower accommodation costs than other Australian capital city universities.

Rough guide to living costs

The following is a rough guide to living costs for international students living in Tasmania (in Australian dollars). Of course, these will vary depending on your preferred standard of living and where you choose to live.


  • Hostels and Guesthouses: $90 to $150 per week
  • Shared Rental: $85 to $215 per week
  • Single Rental: $150 to $300 per week
  • On-Campus: $185 to $245 per week
  • University Homestay: $270 per week

Living expenses

  • Groceries and eating out: $80 to $200 per week
  • Utilities: $12 to $20 per week
  • Phone and Internet: $20 to $55 per week
  • Public transport: $15 to $30 per week
  • Car (after purchase): $150 to $260 per week
  • Entertainment, sport, personal care: $60 to $150 per week
  • Study expenses (books, photocopying, stationery, etc.): $800 per year

Source: University of Tasmania Accommodation Services 2017;, Tasmanian service providers, September 2016.

The Australian Government provides information on living costs in Australia for students and we strongly recommend you consult their website for further and most up to details Australia-wide details.

Financial requirements for your visa

In order to receive a student visa, you must show you have the financial means to study in Australia, including your travel expenses, your first year of course fees and $19,830 living costs for 12 months. If family are travelling with you, you will also have to show:

  • Partner or spouse: $6,940 extra
  • Per child: $2,970 extra

Visit the Immigration and Border Protection website for more information.

Students with families

The school-aged children of many international students enrolled at the University of Tasmania are required to pay tuition fees to attend a Tasmanian Government School.

Some exemptions apply, including for the children of Australia Awards scholarship holders or students enrolled in postgraduate research degrees such as PhDs.

The Tasmania Department of Education can provide full details.