The cost of textbooks can vary depending on which course you’re enrolled in. Once you start at University you'll have a chance to find out more which books you'll need to purchase or if there are sufficient copies in the Library.
To find out which textbooks you might need, search for your course units and check whether there is any required reading.
Generally, the annual cost for books and stationery tends to be approximately AUD$650.
Resources & material fees
Most VE/TAFE courses require you to buy equipment, textbooks or special clothing.
For details on specific costs per unit, view the latest list of VE/TAFE course material fees.
Most materials will be provided to you by your teacher. You will be advised on the first day of class if there is anything extra you may need to purchase.
Depending on your circumstances, these are some other costs to consider:
- graduation ceremonies costs and ticketing
- library expenses -
- studying abroad students on exchange in Melbourne have additional semester fees and fees for compulsory health insurance, visas, travel and living costs.
Parking & transport
Depending on your usage, you may also wish to budget for the following extra expenses:
- car parking fees
- public transport fares on Melbourne's trams, buses and trains. You can get concession fares if you're studying an undergraduate course full-time on campus and are an Australian Citizen or permanent resident. More details on the Public Transport Victoria website.
Cost of living in Melbourne
International students can read more about the cost of living in Melbourne (this could also apply to domestic students living out of home).
Housing and accommodation may be your biggest expense, so consider:
Government income support payments
If you are a full-time student or Australian Apprentice you may be eligible for student income support payments administered by the Department of Human Services (previously known as Centrelink).
Student payments include Youth Allowance, Austudy, and ABSTUDY.
VU financial advice & support
At Victoria University (VU) we offer more than 500 scholarships across all levels and fields of study, including 100 exclusively for secondary school students in Melbourne's west.
We offer also free financial advice from trained professionals, who can advise you on strategies for budgeting study-related and living costs.
Ask questions & find answers through Ask VU.
Phone: +61 3 9919 6100
Visit: Student Service Centre