Australian School-Costs & Accommodation

Cost of Schooling in Australia

School-level education in Australia is very cost effective, especially compared to other English-speaking countries. Costs vary from State to State and depend on whether students attend public or non-government schools. However, the following costs show what overseas students can expect:

Application fees
These cover the costs of reviewing the student’s application, even though the student may not be accepted by the school.
This depends on the school selected.
$6,000 – 15,000 per year
Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)
This covers normal childhood accidents and illnesses.
$420 per year
This cost varies considerably.
$70 – 400 per week
Other incidentals
For example, school uniforms, living expenses and learning materials.
Accommodation for Overseas Students

There are several accommodation options for international students such as:

Boarding school

  • Many non-government secondary schools provide accommodation, meals and laundry services for international students.Tuition fees are in addition to the boarding fees.


  • This is popular with younger students and those studying short-term English courses.
  • Students can live with an Australian family, gain access to the Australian lifestyle and practise English in a natural and friendly way.
  • Meals are usually included in the cost and single or shared rooms may be offered.
  • Self-catering homestay is sometimes available at a cheaper price.


  • This offers the same or similar services as a homestay, but in a rural setting. It can be suitable for short stays.

Share or Rental Accommodation

  • Students over 18 may share or rent an apartment or house.

Approximate costs for each type of accommodation are shown below:

Boarding SchoolA$11,000 – 22,000 per year
Homestay / FarmstayA$235 – 325 per week
Share AccommodationA$95 – 215 per week
Rental AccommodationA$185 – 440 per week
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