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Cost of living

Budgeting

How much money you will need to live in Tasmania really depends on what kind of lifestyle you want to have. 

There are many smart ways to manage your money. Whatever strategy you choose, you must budget enough to cover your food, electricity, transport, clothes, health insurance and your studies for each week. Try to leave a little bit extra for fun too.

A good indication for how much money you will need to live in Australia is provided by Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection:

  • $18,000 a year for the main student
  • $6,300 a year for the student’s partner
  • $3,600 a year for the student’s first child
  • $2,700 a year for every other child and where required.

These figures represent what someone could live on as a bare minimum. In most cases your living expenses will be higher, but only you can know how much you will really need.

 

Rent 

If you are under 18 and not living in Tasmania with a relative, you will need to live in a homestay. Students who are over 18 have a choice. Click here to gind out more about GETI's homestay program.

The price of your rent will depend on what agreement you make with your landlord, flatmates or homestay host. If you want to include some meals, power or internet, this will obviously cost more.

These figures are only approximates and actual prices can vary greatly.

  • Private Housing  - A$150-$200 per week (per room)
  • Homestay 
    • Years 9-12 (including meals and power) - $245
    • Years 7-8 (including meals and power) - $266
  • TasTAFE – negotiable

 

Groceries

Tasmania is a fertile island which produces a lot of wonderful produce, so if you buy Tasmanian grown food you can save money. As well as large supermarkets, there are also regular farmer’s markets each week all over Tasmania where you can buy straight from the grower, which is a great way to shop cheaply.

Tasmania also has some small stores that specialise in Asian, Indian, African and European groceries. Be prepared to pay more for items from your own country however, because you’ll need to pay for the cost of bringing them to Australia!

Here is a rough guide to how much items should cost. These are not exact. Remember, you should be trying to live within your budget. As a good indication, you should try to spend a maximum of $100-$150 per week on groceries and less if you can…

  • 1kg rice $3.00-$4.00
  • 250g beef $3.00
  • 12 eggs $4.00
  • 1 kg fresh fruit $3-$5
  • 1 litre of milk $2.50-$3.00
  • 50 gm packet noodles $1.00 - $1.50
  • Can of Coca Cola $1.50
  • Cup of coffee $3-$4
  • Movie ticket $12.00
  • Lunch, take away $5-$15
  • Restaurant meal $30+

 


Transport

Some students are able to walk to classes within half an hour of their homestay, but this is not always possible. Most will use Tasmania’s public transport bus network. International students at schools and TasTAFE are eligible for discounted bus tickets, but must show their student card when asked.

On average, students can expect to spend $15-$20 per week on public transport. Electronic ticketing systems are also available that provide cheaper fares when paying in advance.

Click here for more information on bus services in Hobart and Launceston, and in Devonport.

 

Mobile phone

The phone company you use in your own country may have a global roaming service, but this will make your calls very expensive. If you are staying in Australia for more than a couple of weeks, you are better off buying a local phone or SIM card and using a pre-paid credit plan.

How much you will need for calls each week obviously depends on your level of use and how many international calls you make. There are many plans to choose from and many different phone companies. As a minimum, you should expect to pay at least $30 per month.

 

Internet

Many Australian homes have broadband internet access, but it may be slower or more expensive than what you are used to. Australian internet services are currently undergoing a major national upgrade, with fibre optic cable being laid right around the country – starting in Tasmania. In the meantime, existing services often have data limits. Wireless internet is also widely available in Tasmanian cities.

If you are in a homestay, your host might already have internet services connected. You will need to negotiate a cost for using it. If you want to connect your own service in Australia, you can compare the many different providers and their plans here.

 

Books

Depending on what course you are doing, you could expect to pay over AU$100 per semester for text books.

Some courses also require additional equipment, like uniforms. It is your responsibility to know what is required, but you can contact GETI for assistance.