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Living in Sydney

Living in Sydney

Sydney is consistently ranked as one of the most liveable cities in the world. There is a wide variety of things you can see and do in Sydney – from enjoying the weather at the famous Bondi Beach, enjoying great local food and wines at various festivals and markets, to admiring the many world heritage listed sites located just an hour from Sydney. Local shops and malls generally operates from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Sunday; with extended trading hours on Thursday, from 9am to 9pm.

Bankstown Community College is centrally located in the heart of Bankstown shopping districts, restaurants and cafes. Our campus is only a short walk from Bankstown Station where students can catch the train or bus to get to/from college.

Students holding an international student visa are allowed to work no more than 20 hours per week during study terms, provided that it does not adversely affect their academic performance.  During term breaks, students may choose to work full-time hours.  Students must also obtain a Tax File Number (TFN) which required to undertake any job in Australia.  For more information on your tax obligations or to apply for a TFN, please visit

The Australian government suggests that international students allow funds of approximately AUD$18,610 per annum to support their living expenditure. The information below is to be used as a reference only, which was obtained from Living in Australia website.



  • Hostels and Guesthouses – $90 to $150 per week
  • Shared Rental – $85 to $215 per week
  • On campus – $90 to $280 per week
  • Homestay – $110 to $270 per week
  • Rental – $165 to $440 per week
  • Boarding schools – $11,000 to $22,000 a year


Other living expenses

  • Groceries and eating out – $80 to $280 per week
  • Gas, electricity – $35 to $140 per week
  • Phone and Internet – $20 to $55 per week
  • Public transport – $15 to $55 per week
  • Car (after purchase) – $150 to $260 per week
  • Entertainment – $80 to $150 per week


Minimum cost of living

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has financial requirements you must meet in order to receive a student visa. Below is a guide on the requirements you must meet to study in Australia:

  • You – $18,610
  • Your partner – $6,515
  • Your first child – $3,720
  • Every other child – $2,790

Sydney enjoys a sunny, Mediterranean-style climate all year round with more than 340 sunny days per year. Summers are warm to hot and winters are mild, with rainfall spread fairly evenly throughout the year. In summer (December – February), average maximum temperatures are around 26°C. It can also be humid at this time with an average humidity of 65 per cent. Average maximum temperatures in the winter months (June-August) are around 16°C. Sydney’s rainfall is highest between March and June.

Australia is quickly becoming a cash-less city where your everyday transactions are done electronically.  There are four major banks operating in Australia with ATM facilities conveniently located at almost every corner of main shopping districts.  Most shops in Australia do not accept cheques, but will accept payment made with major credit cards (VISA / MasterCards) and EFTPOS cards.

If you are hurt in an accident or need urgent medical attention in an emergency, you should call 000 and/or go straight to the Emergency Department of a hospital.

As an international student studying in Australia, you are required to hold a valid Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) policy for the entire duration of your studies.  OSHC is a form of insurance which assists international students meet the costs of medical and hospital care that they may need while in Australia. OSHC will also pay limited benefits for pharmaceuticals and ambulance services.  Fore more information about what is covered in your OSHC, please contact your OSHC provider or visit the Department of Health website.

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