COST OF LIVING IN AUSTRALIA
Australia offers a good quality of life. Costs of living can be quite high but it is usually compensated by very decent wages. You can easily combine studying with a reasonable standard of everyday living.
When estimating your income and costs keep in mind that in Australia most information is given on a weekly basis (52 weeks in a year). Naturally both costs and wages are higher in major cities than in smaller towns. A person with a student visa can legally work 40 hours over two week period during the course duration and full time during holidays and school breaks. It is usually enough to afford a living and school fees. Average hourly rate in most of popular, casual jobs is $20 which means you will be earning $400-$500 a week. Department of Immigration and Border Protection estimates that it takes $382 per week ($19 830 per year) for an overseas visitor to study in Australia.