Tips for international students in Sydney

Tips for international students in Sydney
Updated 2022-10-27 08:32

Sydney is an expensive city for international students, not only because of the high tuition fees, but also because of the living expenses. Students often need to find a job to support themselves.  

Here's what to expect when studying in Sydney.

As an international student, it can be difficult to understand the student culture in Sydney. Generally speaking, students enjoy the benefits of a quality education, a mild climate and a multicultural student population. The relaxed style of education may seem unusual to some international students.

Student Accommodation in Sydney

When it comes to accommodation, there are good options both on and off campus, although the former is very expensive. Expats generally prefer the second option, which is the cheapest. There is also the option of shared accommodation where the rent is divided between the roommates.

Cost of living in Sydney

The cost of living for international students in Sydney averages around AU$21,041 per year, including:

Rent per person in shared accommodation, costing between AU$215 and AU$350 per week and can be more depending on location,

Groceries between AU$100 and AU$120 per week

Internet / phone which costs between AU$15 and AU$30 per week depending on the plan you choose.

Transportation costs which range from AU$30 to AU$60 per week depending on location.

Gas and electricity which can cost between AU$10 and AU$20 per week.

Eating out is expensive, so it's best to cook for yourself.

Student rates in Sydney

Discounts are available for students who complete their Bachelor's or Master's degree at any Sydney institution. An ISIC (International Student Identity Card) would cost you AU$30, and this will give you discounts in grocery stores, restaurants, for activities, flights etc.

"Student Edge is the largest student organization for high school, TAFE, VET and university students in Australia. Student Edge helps students navigate student life, including offering incredible discounts that can be redeemed by showing the Student Edge app or discount card.

The "studentVIP" site is the best place to find college textbooks at discounted prices. Whenever you need to buy something, always browse the student discounts first, as it can help you save a lot of money.

Finding a job as a student in Sydney

Many international students in Sydney have part-time jobs. Normally students are allowed to work up to 40 hours a fortnight during the semester and unlimited hours during the vacations. But to address labor shortages, the government has temporarily relaxed the working hours for student visas.

Students will be able to work before the start of their course and will also be able to work more than 40 hours per fortnight in any sector of the economy. Make sure you know your rights and do not opt for undeclared jobs that pay cash.

Entertainment in Sydney

Sydney's galleries, art exhibitions and social events are a real treat for expats. From the Bondi Beach Sculpture Exhibition, Vivid Festival, Fashion Week, to various music and theater performances, you'll never run out of things to do in Sydney.

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