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The cost of living like in other places will vary according to the city where people live and the lifestyle of each individual. Major cities such as Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane, for example, has higher cost of living than other cities. Each student will generally require between AUD 1,500 to AUD 2,000 per month. This fee covers the cost of accommodation, meals, transportation, telecommunications, and other daily necessities. The Department of Home Affairs requires you to show that you have access to $20,290 for 1 person and $7,100 for your partner.
If you bring your family, then you need to provide an additional approximately AUD 8,000 per year for your partner, and about AUD 5,000 per year for each child. This estimation does not include the tuition fee. The cost of living in Australia can be more expensive compared to the cost of living in Indonesia, but the amount of fees required is very dependent on the lifestyle and the type of accommodation you choose.
The Australian government issued regulations for international students who are under 18 years old. Parents or guardians are required to regulate the provision of shelter and the welfare of the student prior to his departure to Australia, as well as report to the host institution.
- Student Visa & Health Insurance (CRICOS & ESOS ACT)
Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) is a list of all the course providers and institutions that are allowed to accept international students. Students who want to register for the learning period of more than three (3) months need to obtain a student visa (student visa subclass 500) Australia. Student visas are issued only to registered courses in CRICOS. The duration of student visas granted is in accordance with the duration of the program adopted.
All of these are covered in the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act-laws that protect international students in any way for the quality assurance of education in Australia and the refund of school fees if the institution cannot fulfill its obligations.
Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) must be owned by all Australian student visa holders, which must be purchased from registered health organizations, such as Medibank Private, Australian Health Management (AHM), Bupa Australia, Allianz Global Assistance (Lysaght Peoplecare)
NIB, etc. OSHC is paid before the visa is issued and the amount paid normally includes the total duration of the student’s learning. Students who do not have a student visa because the courses are taken less than three (3) months, are not required to have OSHC, but it is advisable to have travel insurance (travel insurance).
This insurance covers the cost of general practitioners, hospital inpatient care and prescription drugs, eye and dental care is usually not included, then it is recommended that you check it before leaving for Australia.
OSHC cost is around AUD 500 – AUD 600 per year, depending upon if it is for you or a family.
The place and the comfort of the accommodation play an important role in determining whether or not you stay at home in Australia. Therefore, the selection of proper accommodation and in accordance with the needs of each student is one of the main things that need to be considered. The types of accommodation usually occupied by international students in Australia are:
- Accommodation on campus
(On Campus Accommodation)
Many universities have dormitories. Boarding facilities are generally equipped with a bed, a study room, bathroom, laundry, kitchen, as well as a gathering place. Most dorms provide food. On-campus accommodation costs average about AUD 230 – AUD 400 per week.
- Rent Apartment or House
International students can rent an apartment or house. The amount of the rent paid vary according to the location, spacious, and the facilities available. Many international students occupy the house or apartment together (sharing). The cost of renting an apartment is AUD 350 – AUD 550 per week. These costs can be saved by inviting friends to stay together so that each tenant only pays for their portion of the cost.
- Stay with Australian Family (Homestay)
Homestay is one of the most effective ways for international students to practice English and a good experience to get to know the culture and customs of Australia. Living with a host family provides valuable opportunities to have conversations with them. You can learn more quickly because you are constantly thinking and speaking in English in every situation – a situation that is very practical. You can choose a homestay which includes a meal or just room only. For student who is under 18 years is usually recommended to stay in a homestay in order to get closer supervision from parents. As a guest of a homestay, you are expected to be independent, respectful and willing to cooperate. Homestay fee ranges between AUD 250 – AUD 360 per week (including meals).
Part Time Work
At this time, new student visa issued immediately have a limited work permit/limited work condition. International students may work part time 40 hours per two (2) weeks during college and work full time during the holidays. For Post Graduate Students (Master & Phd students), and their partners, they are permitted to work to work without a maximum time limitation, once their studies have commenced.
Besides getting some allowance, employment opportunities will greatly add to the experience, insight, and independence of students. All these advantages can be a good start for entry into the workplace after graduating from the study.
The salary earned during part time work is around AUD 18 – AUD 26 per hour.