Planning your arrival

Australian Awards Scholarships (AAS) awardees are encouraged to contact the Australia Awards office in their home country for information about their application, offer, pre-departure briefing and travel arrangements.

Cost of living


Airport transfer

What can I bring to Australia?

Cost of living calculator

Living expenses

Living expenses include food, clothing, entertainment, transportation for you and your dependents (if any), but also child care and schooling if you bring your child or children. Your actual expenses may vary according to your individual life style. The University's Student Financial Aid provides further information on cost of living and budget advice.

Accommodation expenses

Rental costs vary according to (among others) the size of the property and its distance to Melbourne CBD. The result of this calculator is given for three regions:

  • Melbourne City (up to 5 km)
  • Inner Melbourne (up to 20km)
  • Outer Melbourne (up to 40 km)

List of suburbs

When deciding on accommodation, consider travel time and available transportation options to campus. Most students live in Melbourne City or Inner Melbourne.

Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)

The University arranges your OSHC for the duration of your course. You will receive an OSHC card when you arrive in Melbourne. if your OSHC expires earlier than your award end date, contact the AAS team by emailing

For information about family OSHC, see Bringing your family.

Students are encouraged to take out Ambulance Victoria membership.

Study details

Refer to your Letter of Offer to complete the following details.

  • Number of years (e.g. 3, 0.5)


Complete this section if you are bringing family

Include the number of children that are joining you in each age group:

  • e.g. 1200, 2400

Costs are shown below
If you make changes, click on the Calculate button again

Temporary accommodation

As it can take some time to secure permanent accommodation, students are encouraged to book temporary accommodation for at least one week. It is critical that you have confirmed accommodation before departing your home country.


The University can facilitate temporary accommodation bookings for commencing Australia Award Scholars. Accommodation is available near the University's Parkville campus and at hostels in the central business district.

Awardees receive email instructions for booking.


Awardees are responsible for all housing costs. Indicative accommodation costs are:

  • Dormitory room: $35 per night
  • Single room: $70–$80 per night
  • Twin/double room: $90 per night
  • Family room: $130–$170 per night

Self-arranged temporary accommodation

If you wish to arrange your own temporary housing, please refer to information about housing providers within 10km of the University's Parkville campus at Student Housing.

You can also contact one of our preferred accommodation providers directly to organise accommodation, subject to availability:

Melbourne Metro YHA

Provide your arrival information and rooming requirements in your email.

Once your accommodation is arranged, arrange your airport transfer.

Long-term housing

When choosing long-term housing, it is important to consider a range of factors including your budget, location and easy access to public transport and shops. For a general estimate of the cost of living in Melbourne, use the cost of living calculator or learn more about cost of living.

There is a great demand for affordable housing in Melbourne, especially at the beginning of each semester. If you do not arrange your accommodation before arriving in Melbourne, we recommend that you book temporary accommodation for when you first arrive.

The Student Housing website is a useful resource. You can learn more about accommodation options and tenancy or find contact details for student apartments and hostels.

If you are bringing family, you will most likely need to look for a vacant property in the private rental market.

Once you have done your research, contact if you have specific questions about housing options or tenancy agreements.


We recognise that leaving your home country and finding accommodation can be a big step. With this in mind, Student Housing offers interactive webinars to help you decide on your housing options in Melbourne, as well as give you some tips on securing accommodation that meets your budget. Viewers will have the opportunity to ask their own questions at any point. Commencing awardees will receive an email regarding upcoming webinar dates.

Airport transfer

The University offers a free airport transfer service to commencing Australia Awards scholars from Melbourne Tullamarine Airport to the University of Melbourne and surrounding areas. This service is operated by TOGOTO.

Awardees receive email instructions for booking.

What can I bring to Australia?

Australia has strict quarantine laws to protect its valuable agriculture industries and unique environment. Before you travel, find out what you can't take into Australia:

When you enter Australia you must complete an Incoming Passenger Card and declare whether you are carrying any food or plant material and animal products. If in doubt, declare.
  • Other items you must declare include medicines and any currency amount over AUD $10 000 in Australian currency or foreign equivalent. If you are using prescribed medication, contact the nearest Australian diplomatic mission to confirm that the medicines and the amount are permitted. You should also bring a letter from your doctor with details and purpose of the medication.

It is prohibited to carry illicit drugs.