Cost of living

Thousands of international students work and live comfortably in Melbourne with enough money to cover course and resource fees, accommodation, transport, food and health insurance.

Melbourne has world-class shopping in and around the city. If you want to save money on life’s essentials, you can find a variety of markets and shopping centres close to VU campuses.

Course fees

You need to pay a fee deposit after you are accepted into a course at Victoria University.

Course fees will be detailed in your International Student Offer Acceptance Form.

Course fees:

  • may be different amounts for different courses
  • may change

Compare courses and fees on our international course list.

Health expenses

Before you are granted an Australian student visa, you need to have health insurance for the duration of your study.

Your International Student Offer Acceptance Form will also list the fee for Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC), currently A$435 (for a single, 12-month policy).

Personal care and hygiene could cost A$20 per week (approximately).

Find out more about the range of medical services and treatments for you and some members of your immediate family from OSHC.

Course resources and materials

You may need to buy equipment, textbooks or clothing to enrol in some courses. These resource and material fees can vary depending on the needs of the course. Compare courses and fees on our international course list.


The cost of textbooks can vary depending on which units and/or electives you have enrolled in as part of your course. To find out which textbooks you need, search for units and check whether your unit has any required reading.

Annual costs for books and stationery are A$650 (approximately).

You can buy new or secondhand textbooks from the Victoria University bookshop. If you need a textbook for only a short time, borrow it from our library.


When you arrive in Melbourne you will have to pay 'set-up costs' for accommodation.

These set-up costs could include:

  • a 'bond' or a security deposit for your accommodation
  • rent in advance
  • furniture and other things to set up your house.

Set-up costs will vary widely, depending on whether you choose student housing services or private rental.

Set-up costs vary from A$750 – A$3500 (approximately).

A room in shared accommodation is A$150 per week (approximately) plus electricity, water and gas costs of between A$10 - A$30 per week (approximately).

Find out daily and/or weekly costs for the university's student accommodation at UniLodge @ VU and Victoria Place. Read about other housing & accommodation options.

See rental advice and a summary of median rental prices for Inner, Middle and Outer Melbourne according to the Real Estate Institute of Victoria (as at June 2014).

Food & groceries

You can save money on food and other essential items by shopping at markets. The Footscray Market is a great place to shop for savings if you live close to, or study at one of our Footscray campuses. It is across the road from Footscray Station, and is easy to reach from all parts of Melbourne.

Victoria Market is a large outdoor and undercover market a short walk from City King and City Queen campuses.

The Footscray and Victoria markets specialise in fresh food, and Victoria Market also has a huge range of clothes and other goods, especially on weekends.

You can have a lot of fun exploring new tastes in Melbourne. The city is home to many cafes and take-away shops, halal restaurants, grocery stores and speciality vegetarian diners.

Food and drinks costs are A$100 per week (approximately).

Travelling around Melbourne

Our campuses are easily accessible by Melbourne's public transport network.

Trains, trams and buses will take you anywhere within walking distance of metropolitan Melbourne.

The inner city areas are classified as Zone 1 and outer areas are classified as Zone 2.

While concession fares are not available to international students, the full-fare rate is reasonably priced for Melbourne metropolitan areas for 2012.

A$33 per week (approximately, Zone 1)

Schooling for your children

If you have children from 5-15 years of age, it is a legal requirement that they attend school.

There are many public, private and multi-faith/religious schools for all ages, which charge fees ranging from low to very expensive. Find out more about education and childcare in Victoria, Australia.