There are several different options available for accommodation. Annual living costs have been estimated at A$18,610 by Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP).

Type of accommodation


'Homestay' is when you live with an Australian family in their home. The homestay family provides you with meals, laundry facilities and your own room with a study desk. You are usually asked to help with some household chores. Homestay also gives you the chance to practise your English every day at home.

Booking Homestay

Sydney TAFE can help to arrange short-term homestay accommodation when you arrive in Australia for a fee (A$300).

To book homestay accommodation, tick the box on your application form. We will send you a service request form with your offer letter asking you to confirm that you want us to arrange your accommodation.

The fee for this service is charged with your tuition fees which needs to be paid in advance before you arrive in Australia.


Hostels (rooming houses) provide a friendly, safe, supervised environment. You get your own room or a shared room. The kitchen, bathroom and television room are shared. Many hostels also provide meals.

Shared rooms cost about A$30 - A$35 per night and private rooms cost about A$60 - A$80 per night.

Sharing a house or apartment

When you share a house or apartment with one or more other people, you are more independent than if you are living in homestay or hostel accommodation.

You will need to supply your own furniture if the house/apartment is unfurnished. You also have to arrange for your own towels, pillows, sheets and blankets.

You share the cost of rent, electricity and gas. You need to buy your own food and do your own laundry and cooking, although many sharing arrangements include sharing the cooking.

Estimated costs for Sydney

AccommodationWeekly cost estimate
Shared 2-bedroom apartmentA$125 - A$200 per bedroom
Shared 3-bedroom houseA$100 - A$180 per bedroom

Renting by yourself

Studio apartments or one-bedroom apartments are smaller and less expensive to rent than larger apartments, but may cost you more as you cannot share the rent or any expenses.

You will need to provide your own furniture if the house or apartment is unfurnished. You also need to supply your own pillows, sheets and blankets, dishes and cutlery and pay for expenses such as electricity and gas. You also need to clean your apartment, do your own laundry, buy your own food and do your own cooking.

Costs depend on the size and location of the apartment but range from A$180 - A$350 per week.


Our CRICOS Provider Code is 00591E and CRICOS Provider Name is TAFE NSW - Technical & Further Education Commission.