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This is the cost of living in Melbourne, Australia

Are you starting to look for the city you would like to live in while studying? This time we want to share some data about the cost of living in Melbourne, which will help you in your research and of course when making a decision.

It's important to know that Melbourne is the second most expensive city in Australia, but it’s also a city where you can find more job opportunities and better wages. 

Next, we'll show you the basics so you can get an idea of how much it costs to live in Melbourne. Get ready!


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One of the fundamental expenses to consider in your budget is housing. Rentals in Melbourne may vary depending on the area and type of accommodation you choose. 

Per week, a single room on the outskirts is around $200 AUD. Living downtown will be a little more expensive, the cost per week is around $250 AUD. Dorm rooms are usually around $170 AUD. 

When looking for a place to live, keep in mind the costs of electricity, water, gas and Wi-Fi because not all rentals include them.


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In Australia, you can shop in supermarkets such as Woolworth, Coles and Aldi. Some products can be expensive but when they have offers, there are good prices.

You can also buy your fruits and vegetables in markets that are usually available on Sundays.

The cost of buying your food will depend on you. Here are some examples to let you know how much can they cost in supermarkets.

  • 500 gr (1 lb.) Chicken Breast: $5.24 AUD
  • 1 litre (1 qt.) Whole Milk: $1.29 AUD
  • 12 large eggs: $5.19 AUD
  • 1 kg (2 lb.) Tomatoes: $4.54 AUD
  • 500 gr (16 oz.) National Cheese: $7 AUD
  • 1 kg (2 lb.) Apples: $4.25 AUD
  • 1 kg of Potatoes: $3.44 AUD
  • 0.5 l (16 oz) of local beer in the supermarket: $5.76 AUD
  • 2 litres of coke: $2.70 AUD
  • Bread for two people, 1 day: $2.51 AUD

If you want to save money you can buy right before they close. They usually give special prices with the last thing left.

So far, what did you think of the cost of living in Melbourne? 


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Melbourne's public transport system is integrated into a network of trams, buses and train. 

Train, tram or bus tickets cost around $4.50 AUD. To save some money you can take the option of weekly and monthly passes that you can use in any public transport as many times as you want.

To use transportation in Melbourneyou will need a Milky Card. With this, you can pay for the bus, train or tram.

One important fact: Tram service in the central shopping district and downtown Melbourne is free of charge. At the stops, some signs tell you where the free zone starts and ends. 

International Student Discounts

Eligible students from participating universities, colleges, and schools can purchase an iUSE Pass.

If you are an international student and are enrolled in a university degree (bachelor's degree or bachelor's degree) or a higher VET career (advanced diploma) and attend a participating institution, you can purchase an annual discounted ticket.

How to buy an iUSE Pass

You can buy an iUSE Pass through your university, college or school. It will save you 50% of the annual cost of the full price ticket. The pass is valid throughout the year.

If you would like to receive more information about how the pass works and find out if your institution is participating. Log in to the iUSEpass or click here.


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The cost will always depend on where you are going or the quality of what you are going to buy.

Here are some options and prices:

  • Regular dinner for two in a neighbourhood restaurant: $61 AUD
  • 2 movie tickets, regular schedule: $40 AUD
  • 2 theatre tickets (best seats available): $164 AUD
  • 1 cocktail, drink or drink at a club or disco: $18 AUD
  • Cappuccino in the expensive area of the city: $4.64 AUD
  • 1 half-litre beer in a neighbourhood bar: $12 AUD
  • The monthly fee to a gym in the expensive area: $98 AUD
  • 1 pack of Marlboro cigarettes: $35 AUD

Take advantage of the Happy Hour that some places normally offer between 5 pm and 8 pm.

The idea is to have an amazing time, without wasting your money.

Beauty & Wellness

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Visiting a hairdresser in Melbourne is quite expensive. Washing, drying and cutting your hair costs about $90 AUD.

If you want to get a cheaper price you can have a simple haircut, for about $30 AUD.

Waxing is also not too affordable. Full leg waxing costs about $60 AUD, the bikini line is at $30 AUD, and so are the eyebrows.

Personal Care: These are the costs of some basic products and services.

  • 6-day cold medicine (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent): $11 AUD
  • 1 box of antibiotics 12 doses: $14 AUD
  • Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes): $59 AUD
  • 1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, or similar brand) :$7 AUD
  • Deodorant Roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.): $3.60 AUD
  • 2-in-1 Shampoo (400ml ~ 12 oz.): $7 AUD
  • 4 rolls of toilet paper: $2.92 AUD
  • A tube of toothpaste: $3.68 AUD

Clothing and footwear

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If you plan to invest in new clothes, consider the following prices:

  • 1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar): $119 AUD
  • 1 summer lady dress in a fashion store (Zara, H&M or similar stores): $65 AUD
  • 1 pair of sneakers (Nike, Adidas, or similar brand): $113 AUD
  • 1 pair of men's leather shoes: $106 AUD

Keep in mind that you may not need to spend so much money, as Melbourne is has a large supply of all kinds of second-hand products, such as clothing and footwear.

Savers is the largest used clothing business in the city. In this store, you can find T-shirts or sweaters from $3-$5 AUD.

To conclude, we can tell you that it is a good opportunity to choose Melbourne if you want to get a job, because their salaries are excellent, so you will end up adapting to the lifestyle offered by this city. 

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