Cost Of Living

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An international single student living in Sydney requires approximately AU$20,292 to $21,041 for living expenses each year.

Remember that your cost of living in Sydney will vary according to your lifestyle. For example, eating out at restaurants all the time will increase your living costs a lot, as will driving a car (you will have to pay for petrol, registration, maintenance and insurance, as well as the car itself).

Restaurants Avg. Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 15.00 A$ 12.0020.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 80.00 A$ 60.00110.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 10.00 A$ 9.0011.20
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 7.00 A$ 5.008.34
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 8.00 A$ 6.009.00
Cappuccino (regular) 3.76 A$ 3.504.00
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 3.21 A$ 2.504.00
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 2.59 A$ 2.003.00
Markets Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 liter) 1.73 A$ 1.003.00
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) 3.07 A$ 2.004.00
Rice (white), (1kg) 2.83 A$ 2.004.00
Eggs (12) 4.84 A$ 3.506.00
Local Cheese (1kg) 10.43 A$ 7.0016.00
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg) 11.06 A$ 8.9914.00
Beef Round (1kg) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 15.96 A$ 10.0025.00
Apples (1kg) 3.95 A$ 3.005.00
Banana (1kg) 3.07 A$ 2.004.00
Oranges (1kg) 3.13 A$ 2.004.00
Tomato (1kg) 4.42 A$ 3.005.50
Potato (1kg) 2.69 A$ 2.003.50
Onion (1kg) 2.47 A$ 1.503.00
Lettuce (1 head) 2.53 A$ 2.003.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.67 A$ 1.854.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 20.00 A$ 15.0025.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 5.28 A$ 4.008.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 5.61 A$ 4.008.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 24.20 A$ 20.0028.00
Transportation Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 4.00 A$ 3.005.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 160.00 A$ 112.00240.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.60 A$ 3.505.00
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) 2.50 A$ 2.193.50
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 56.68 A$ 55.0065.00
Gasoline (1 liter) 1.29 A$ 1.191.45
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 25,000.00 A$ 22,000.0029,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 23,662.00 A$ 21,500.0025,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment 171.73 A$ 104.62250.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.87 A$ 0.401.20
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 67.93 A$ 59.9989.00
Sports And Leisure Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 72.99 A$ 52.00100.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 21.97 A$ 15.0030.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 20.00 A$ 17.0022.00
Clothing And Shoes Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 103.41 A$ 80.00135.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, …) 68.00 A$ 50.00100.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 137.56 A$ 110.00180.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 150.86 A$ 100.00200.00
Rent Per Month Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 2,502.13 A$ 2,000.003,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,708.50 A$ 1,260.002,045.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 4,607.41 A$ 3,915.005,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,919.09 A$ 2,304.003,500.00
Buy Apartment Price Avg.
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre 12,789.62 A$ 9,000.0017,000.00
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 8,648.99 A$ 6,400.0011,000.00
Salaries And Financing Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (Net After Tax) 4,585.39 A$
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 4.71 4.175.12