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Cost of living

The amount of money required for living expenses depends on location, lifestyle and personal choices. The table below shows different accommodation options and costs associated for one student. It should only be used as a guide to help prepare your own individual budget. It is important you research the accommodation options available and choose one that best suits your needs and lifestyle. Remember to consider things like distance to your University or exam centre, access to shops, public transport and childcare facilities.

Accommodation costs (weekly Residential Colleges Toowoomba (meals included) Education City Springfield Off-Campus student accommodation
Share House (sharing with one other person)
Rent  $285 - $330 (including meals)  $140 - $195  $80 - $150  $100 - $200 
Food/groceries  Included in rent  $80 - $150  $80 - $150  $80 - $150 
Utilities (gas, electricity, internet)  Included in rent  Included in rent (except internet, plans available from $40/mth)
$20  $20 
Mobile phone  $15  $15  $15  $15 
Transport (fuel or public transport)  $10  $5  $15  $15 
Entertainment and personal items  $20  $20  $20  $20 
Approximate weekly cost  $330 - $375  $280 - $325  $230 - $370  $250 - $350 
         
Plus establishment costs         
Bond  Not required  $560 - $780
$320 - $600   $400 - $800 
Rent in advance  Not required  $280 - $390  $160 - $300  $200 - $400 
Connecting utilities (e.g. phone, gas, electricity)  Not required  Not required  Not required  $80 
Setting up house (e.g. furniture)  Not required  Not required  Not required  $200 
Total  Nil  $840 - $1170
$480 - $900  $880 - $1 480