Living in Australia

As part of our commitment to our students, CIC helps make the process of moving to Australia as comfortable as possible.

To make the moving process as stress-free as possible, we encourage students to come prepared with relevant information needed for living in Australia. Important things to consider and plan before you arrive should include:

• Your departure

• Arrival in Australia

• Remaining visa compliant while in Australia

• Accessing support services

• Working while you study

• Living costs and accommodation

• Health and safety

We provide some information on these important topics below, but we encourage you to do further research, so you feel fully prepared before you move.

Some useful links are:

10 Facts about living in Australia

Study in Australia

Live in Australia

Department of Home Affairs

Student visas


Whether you are planning to study in Melbourne or Perth, it is essential to decide what type of accommodation you prefer before you move. You can find out more about living in these cities:



Short-term accommodation

After you arrive in Australia, you’ll need a place to stay. Arranging short-term accommodation, at least for the first month, should give you enough time to settle in. Costs will vary depending on your budget and what accommodation you want. Utilities are usually included in most of these temporary arrangements.

Some suggested websites are:

Private rentals

You may prefer to stay at a private rental property. Consider the following when making your selection:

• Get access to a private rental database

• Understand your rights and responsibilities as a tenant

• Find affordable and safe accommodation close to campus

• Estimate the costs for food, rent, utilities and maintenance.


Homestay provides a cultural exchange between you and a local family or individual (called a host). You live as a guest in the host’s home and, unlike a private rental, you do not need to pay a bond, find furniture, sign a lease or search for a property.

Living in a supportive environment, you are provided with a clean, furnished room which includes items like a bed, desk and wardrobe, access to bathroom and laundry facilities, and meal services. Utilities are also included.

Hosts offer ongoing support and can show you around the local areas or orient you about nearby facilities such as banks, post offices, shops and public transport.

CIC’s preferred homestay network provider is Australian Homestay Network. Find out more at

Cost of living

It is important to be aware of the cost of living (accommodation, food, travel, etc.) before moving to Australia. To be granted a student visa, international students are required to demonstrate that they have access to funds that will cover their living expenses during their time in Australia.

Several websites offer cost estimates for students’ living expenses in Australia, but the actual cost will vary depending on your preferences. We recommend researching the cost of living before you move.

Living costs for dependents in Australia

Most student visas allow for students to bring their eligible family members to Australia. Students will be required to prove that they have sufficient funds to not only cover their own cost of living, but also the cost of living of any of the dependents they wish to come to Australia with them.

Find out more here.

Useful Information

Education Services for Overseas Students

Cost of living

Study in Australia

Tuition Protection Service

Note: If you are planning to bring school-aged dependants with you, please see Australia’s schooling obligations and options.

For your guidance, please visit our Policy Library which has all you need to know about your rights, responsibilities and support you are entitled to as an international student in Australia.

Living in Melbourne

Melbourne has topped the rankings as the world’s most liveable city five times in a row, and it’s easy to see why!

A multicultural city which is home to more than four million people, Melbourne is considered the cultural and sporting capital of Australia, with engaging events drawing crowds from across the country every weekend.

It is renowned for its diverse food scene and is the self-claimed coffee capital of the world – you will need to judge this for yourself, but that won’t be hard with coffee shops on every block.

It is a city of both stately and modern buildings, with many dating from the 19th and 20th centuries standing next to modern day architectural masterpieces. Melbourne also has many beautiful parks and is in proximity to attractions including the Great Ocean Road and Phillip Island.

Not only does Melbourne offer all this, but it is a top international student destination. In 2016, it came 2nd in the QS Best Student Cities list.

Find out more about studying in Melbourne.

Living in Perth

Located in the state of Western Australia, Perth is a great option for international students looking to study in one of Australia’s most picturesque locations.

Known as the City of Light, Perth is renowned for its beautiful beaches, stunning waterways and Mediterranean climate which see the city receive more hours of sunshine than any other in Australia. It is home to Kings Park, one of the largest inner-city parks in the world which offers access to native flora and fauna, to fantastic views of the city and to Swan River – all in walking distance from the CIC campus!

Apart from being one of the most scenic cities, it is also one of the most vibrant, with a dynamic nightlife and restaurant scene as well as a vast multicultural environment.

Not only does Perth offer all this, but it consistently ranks as one of the top 10 most livable cities in the world – making it a top international student destination.

Find out more about living and studying in Perth here.


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