Before you move to Melbourne or start life at Victoria University (VU), think about your study and living costs for the year.
We can help you with budgeting and general financial advice. We can also advise on loans, scholarships, and any government assistance you may be entitled to.
You will need to pay a deposit for your tuition fees after you are accepted into a VU course.
If you are an Australian student, your fees will be outlined in your invoice (statement of account).
Course resources, textbooks & materials
You may need to buy equipment, textbooks or clothing to participate in some courses. These resource and material fees will vary depending on the needs of the course.
Cost of textbooks varies depending on your course. To find out which textbooks you need, find your course and check if there is required reading. If you need a book for a short time, borrow it from a VU .
Annual costs for books and stationery is AUD$650 (approximately).
Other study costs
Depending on your circumstances, these are some other costs to consider:
Travelling around Melbourne
You will need to buy myki card (a reusable travel card) to travel by train, tram and bus in Melbourne and regional Victorian centres. You can buy a myki card at some train stations, all 7/11 stores and many newsagencies.
Postgraduate students or part-time students are not eligible for concession fares.
Melbourne free tram zone
Driving & cycling
Cycling around Melbourne is another option. Cycling is a great option for short trips around the city and inner suburbs. Road rules apply to cyclists in Melbourne.
Accommodation & housing costs
If you are moving to Melbourne you will need to pay initial set-up costs for your new accommodation.
Costs could include:
- 'bond' or security deposit for your accommodation
- rent in advance
- furniture and other household items.
Housing costs vary widely, depending on whether you choose student housing services, a private rental and whether your property is furnished.
Financial advice & support
Student payments include Youth Allowance, Austudy and ABSTUDY.