Dreaming of studying in the Land Down Under?

Australia isn’t just beautiful – it’s also vibrant, entertaining, clean, culturally diverse, and famous for excellence in education.

At AIM, we welcome students from every corner of the world.
Here are some fast facts about our country:

  • Australia has been voted the second-best country in the world for overall quality of life [i]
  • Almost half of all Australians were either born overseas or have at least one parent who was born overseas [ii]
  • Nearly 20% of Australians speak a language other than English [iii]
  • Australia’s education system has been labelled ‘world-class’ [iv]
  • Australia’s live contemporary music industry generates revenues of $1.5-$2 billion annually [v]
  • Australian music and performing arts are driving creative industries sector growth, with 6% average growth [vi]

Accommodation Options

Both AIM campuses in Sydney and Melbourne are non-residential. AIM will recommend to students various accommodation providers however all students must organise their accommodation independently. 

Speak with our team to get some advice or more information on accommodation options in your new city by emailing recruit@aim.edu.au


Homestay is a cultural exchange between a local individual or family, called a “Homestay Host”, and a visiting International Student who comes to live as a guest in their home while they are studying in Australia. The Host provides the Student with all their basic needs, including their own room, food (if applicable) and space to study. In return, the Student pays a weekly fee. 


Hostels provide a friendly, safe, supervised environment. Guests get their own room or a shared room. Dining room, games room and television room are communal. Many hostels also provide meals. 

Shared Accommodations 

Shared Accommodation gives students more freedom. Students can share a room, house or apartment depending on their budget. Usually they will need to supply their own furniture, appliances and cover their own living and household costs. 

Apartments or houses 

A good option for students who are more independent and want their own private space. Studio (one-bedroom) apartments are more popular amongst students who choose this option because they are less expensive to rent compared to the larger apartments or houses. 

Cost of Living in Australia

The Australian Government advises student visa holders to have the financial capacity to cover living costs of approximately AUD$21,000 per year.
Using this amount as a guide, you will need at least $1,750 per month for accommodation, food, utilities and entertainment. (Of course, actual costs will vary depending on your lifestyle choices and personal needs.) 
Remember, your living expenses are separate from tuition fees.
Click here for more details about the Australian Government’s financial requirements for international students.

Cost of Living in Sydney
& Melbourne


Homestay Accommodation

The Sydney Homestay website suggests you can expect to pay between $195-$500 per week, depending on location and boarding arrangements.
Private rentals

According to Sydney Moving Guide, approximate costs for renting in Sydney can cost between $350-$570 per week for a 1-bedroom apartment. Renting a private room in a shared property tends to cost between $300-$400 per week.


Homestay Accommodation

 According to the Australian Homestay Network, you can expect to pay anywhere from $180 to $335 per week, depending on location and living arrangements.
Private rentals

The average house rental price in Melbourne is approximately $400 per week (depending on location) according to realestate.com.au.

[i] QS Best Student Cities (2015)
[ii] City of Sydney NSW Government, 2017
[iii] Economist Intelligence Unit Safe Cities Index, 2015
[iv] Economist Intelligence Unit Global Liveability Ranking, 2016
[v] Economist Intelligence Unit Global Liveability Ranking, 2016
[vi] Australian Live Music Census
[vii] QS Best Student Cities (2015)
[viii] Economist Intelligence Unit Safe Cities Index, 2015


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