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How Much Does it Cost to Study in Gold Coast?

Oct 4, 2018 6:55:00 PM / by Yulia Darmorez


Australia is a popular student destination because of its unique environment, high-quality education and great laid back atmosphere. If you are interested in studying in the Gold Coast, one of the important points to consider is how much everything is going to cost.

Tuition fees

One thing that helps you to save money while staying in Australia is the ability to pay for the courses beforehand. This will make your budgeting easier during your schooling and it can also help you with saving up money for your education before you even end up in Australia.

Certificate Levels I to IV, Diploma, and Advanced Diploma all of these courses are called the vocational training. If you are going to Australia for vocational education and/or training, you will pay anywhere from $4,000 (for a 4 to 6 month Certificate I program) to $22,000 (for a complete advanced diploma program).

A master’s degree costs $20,000-37,000, with a doctoral degree ranging from $14,000 to $37,000.

The most affordable option is to enrol for the English course - ELICOS. English language courses, on average, cost about $300/week depending on the length of the course that you are taking.



It’s no surprise to most Australians that the cost of living varies greatly from one city, state or territory to another. The most expensive place to live in the country is Sydney of course. Melbourne, Darwin and Perth trail closely behind.

We offer our students a homestay accommodation in the Gold Coast  including 2 meals on a week day and 3 on weekends. Prices start from 260$ per week. Of course you can rent an apartment on your own. Monthly rent for a 45 m2 furnished studio in the not expensive area will cost 1,500$+.

Health Cover

If you are an overseas student studying in Australia, you need to have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).

The cost of the OSHC policy will depend on the level of cover that you choose; however, according to Canstar’s research, the lowest cost of minimum cover is $438/year for singles cover, $2,685/year for couples cover and $4,026/year for family cover (Australian dollars).

Other costs


*all the prices are in USD

**more info you can find on numbeo.com

How to save and earn money is Australia?

Make sure you applied for ISIC card. The International Student Identity Card is an identity card and discount card issued by the ISIC Association to students, and offers discounts for travel, insurance, and various goods.

You may find some scholarship for international students. You can check the college or universities websites for more information.

In order to work in Australia while you are a student, you must have a student visa with a work permit. Mostly you are allowed maximum 40 hours of paid work per fortnight during sessions. During the session break, you may work unlimited hours.


In order to work or open a bank account in Australia, you must obtain a TFN (Tax File Number). Your TFN is confidential. If you work in Australia , you are required to file a tax return, which is tracked through your TFN. As an international student, you will likely receive a refund when you file your tax return.

Your hour rate depends on your previous experience. If you don’t have any, the average income is 15-19$ per hour. For students who come with some past working experience, it may rise up to 30$ per hour. It’s flexible and also depends on the business you choose to work in.

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Topics: Envirotech Education, Study in Australia

Yulia Darmorez

Written by Yulia Darmorez

Social Media Marketing Manager at Envirotech Education. Passionate about Digital Marketing and Graphic Design.

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