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Living costs

Student living expenses

The cost of living in Adelaide is lower than in any other mainland capital city in Australia. It means you have more to spend on food, accommodation, supplies, travel and entertainment.

This amount does not cover major expenses such as your tuition fees, the purchase of a car, television or computer. Expenses quoted in the table below are a guide only.

This amount does not cover major expenses such as your tuition fees, the purchase of a car, television or computer. Expenses quoted in the table below are a guide only.

Average weekly living costs in Adelaide:

Expense WeeklyMonthly

Accommodation (shared or single)

$120 - $380

$480 – $1520

Groceries

$90 - $130

$360 - $520

Telephone/internet

$15 - $40

$60 - $160

Transport

$20 - $40

$80 - $160

Electricity/Gas

$35 - $50

$140 - $200

Clothes/Entertainment

$50+

$200+

Total

$330 - $645

$1320 - $2580

Regularly purchased items in Adelaide:

Expense

Loaf of bread

$2.50

Bowl of noodles / fried rice

$4.50 - $5.50

Milk (1 litre)

$1.85

Big Mac

$3.60

Cup of coffee

$3.00 - $3.50

Bottle of water (600ml)

$3.00

Newspaper

$1.25 - $2.00

Cinema ticket

$15

Bus/Train/Tram Ticket (single)

$2.10-$4.90

SAIBT estimates that a single international student requires approximately AUD$14,000 - $19,000 per year for accommodation, food, textbooks and other study materials, as well as personal expenses including transport, entertainment and recreation costs.