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Cost of Living in Melbourne City for International Student 2020 – Latest Updates

Filed in Education by on March 9, 2020


Cost of Living in Melbourne City for International Student 2020 – Latest Updates.

Cost of Living in Melbourne City: This article provides a breakdown of the cost of Living in Melbourne City for intending international students. Please read on to get more information.

Cost of Living in Melbourne City for International Student 2020 - Latest Updates

Melbourne is the capital and most populated city of Victoria, a state in Australia. Its name refers to an urban assemblage of 9,992.5 km2 which comprises a city area with 31 towns, and also refers to the common name of its city center. Melbourne has a population of about 5 million and its residents are referred to as “Melburnians”. Their currency is called Australian Dollars, denoted as AU$.

Many students choose to study in Melbourne because of its high educational standards and the availability of jobs for students who wish to take on part-time jobs during their school years. But before you make up your mind to study in Melbourne, you have to put into consideration the cost of living in the city.

So this article will give you a detailed account of the cost of living in Melbourne city so that as a student, you will have an idea on how much you will be spending on feeding, accommodation, buying of books, clothing, transportation, etc. The list is as follows:


Basic Lunchtime menu in the business districtAU$17
Combo meal in fast food restaurantAU$11
500g of boneless chicken breastAU$6
1L of whole fat milkAU$1.29
12 large eggsAU$6
1kg of tomatoesAU$5.09
500g of local cheeseAU$9
1kg of applesAU$4.17
1kg of potatoesAU$3.33
0.5L domestic beer in supermarketAU$5.51
A bottle of red table wine, good qualityAU$19
2L of Coco-ColaAU$3.12
Bread for 2 people for 1 dayAU$2.08


Monthly rent for 85m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in an expensive areaAU$2.574
Monthly rent for 85m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in a normal areaAU$1.887
Utilities 1 month for 2 people in 85m2 flatAU$285
Monthly rent for 45m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in an expensive areaAU$1.991
Monthly rent for a 45m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in a normal areaAU$1,433
Utilities 1 month for 1 person in 45m2 (480 sqft) studioAU$338
Internet 8Mbps for 1 monthAU$61
40” flat screen TVAU$554
Microwave 800/900 wattAU$155
3L Laundry detergentAU$13
An hourly rate for cleaning helpAU$30


A pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar)AU$115
1 summer dress in a high street store (H&M, Zara or similar)AU$63
1 pair of sports shoes (Adidas, Nike, or other brands)AU$143
1 pair of men’s leather business shoesAU$162


Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSV 150 CV or similar, with no extrasAU$26,089
1L of gasAU$1.44
Monthly ticket public transportAU$146
8km taxi trip on a business dayAU$34

Personal Care

Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Coldrex, Frenadol or similar brands)AU$12
1 box of antibiotics (12 boxes)AU$18
A short visit to a private doctor (15 minutes)AU$72
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB)AU$7
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml)AU$5.23
2-in-1 Hair shampoo (400ml)AU$6
4 rolls of toilet paperAU$3.03
Tube of toothpasteAU$3.90
Standard men’s haircut in some areas of the cityAU$26


Basic dinner for two in neighborhood pubAU$54
2 tickets to the moviesAU$39
2 tickets to the theaterAU$263
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area of the city, including appetizers, main course, wine, and dessert.AU$90
1 cocktail drink in downtown clubAU$18
Cappuccino in expat area of the cityAU$4.39
1 beer in a neighborhood pub (500ml)AU$10
iPad Wi-Fi 128GBAU$589
1 minute of prepaid mobile tariffAU$0.29
A month of gym membership in business districtAU$70
1package of Marlboro cigarettesAU$33

The above prices above are based on consistent data from reliable sources and with the above listed; I believe students interested in studying at Melbourne, will now have an idea of the cost of living in the city and will be prepared for it financially.

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