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Costs associated with your study at CDU will depend on several things, including your study program and where you choose to live. There are many online budget calculators to assist you with budgeting, such as Money Smart budget planner. This is a useful tool and we recommend using it or something similar to ensure you are prepared financially for coming to Australia.

Find out more about costs and fees associated with studying at CDU in the below section.

Fees and expenses

  • Looking for the tuition fees? You can find these in each course.

    1. Go to: and select your study area
    2. In each of the study areas are all of the course available at CDU
    3. Select your course, you will find all of the course details here
    4. Select the 'Fees' tab to view the tuition fees.

    The fees advertised are the annual fee for the course. These fees are subject to annual increases each year of your study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

    CDU offers a number of scholarships to international students to assist with the cost of study.

  • On October 11, 2011 the Australian Parliament passed legislation allowing universities to charge a fee for student services and amenities of a non-academic nature.

    The Minister for Tertiary Education also issued universities with strict guidelines on what your Student Services and Amenities Fees may be spent on. You can read about the guidelines on the Australian Government website. Find out more information below on what the CDU SSAF Fee is for this year. 

    Learn more

  • Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) is your health insurance while you are in Australia on a student visa and is needed before you apply for your student visa.

    You must have OSHC for the entire length of your student visa and if you need to apply for a new student visa, you must extend your health cover before applying.

    OSHC also gives you peace of mind knowing your health will be looked after and you can easily access medical services while you are in Australia.

    To get an accurate quote on how much this will cost, click the Allianz prices link below

    Allianz Prices

    How much you pay for OSHC depends on the type of cover you need. For example:

    • Singles –  covering only the overseas student who is the primary Student Visa holder*
    • Dual family – covering the overseas student, and either:
      • One adult spouse or de facto partner
      • One or more children under the age of 18 years old
    • Multi-family – covering the overseas student and more than one dependant, which can include:
      • Only one adult spouse or de facto partner
      • One or more dependent children
  • Travel costs

    Costs will depend on where you are flying from and to and the time of year. 

    Estimated Costs* in AUD below:

    To Darwin: $500 - $3,000

    To Sydney: $200 - $3,000

    Sydney to Darwin: $150 - $500

    Sydney to Alice Springs: $300 - $600

    Darwin to Alice Springs: $300 - $500

    *We recommend you research your flights through Webjet for an accurate quote.


    Darwin International Airport is located in Darwin’s northern suburbs and approximately 8km from Darwin city centre. If you plan to arrive at Darwin International Airport from overseas, you may need to transit through either Singapore Changi Airport, Bali International Airport or through other Australian cities such as Sydney, Melbourne or Perth. If you book a connecting flight, it is important to have at least two hours between your arrival and departure times to allow for any unexpected delays.

    Note that due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, these arrangements may be different. More information can be found at Australian Government’s advice for international travellers.

    Darwin International Airport

    Sydney International Airport is Australia’s busiest airport. The airport is located about 8km south of Sydney’s city centre and has convenient transport to the city by both road, rail and buses. You may find different flight routes to Sydney International Airport however due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, these arrangements may be different. More information can be found at Australian Government’s advice for international travellers.

    Sydney International Airport

    Alice Springs only has a domestic airport. You will need to fly to Darwin or to Sydney and then book another flight to Alice Springs.

    Alice Springs airport

    Airport Pick up

    Darwin: flying into Darwin you can arrange a free airport pick up. Details on how to arrange this can be found here

    Sydney: If you are staying in Sydney there are a few options:

    1. Train or public transport

    2. Taxi, Uber or other share ride

    3. Hire car

    Details of airport pick up options can be found online here. If you have a domestic flight to Darwin or Alice Springs you will arrive at the domestic terminal, here is more information on how to catch your next flight. 

    Alice Springs: details on the transport options from the airport to your accommodation can be found online here. 

    Unless you are taking advantage of the free airport pick up in Darwin, it is recommended to keep aside $15 - $100 AUD for airport transfers. 

  • The cost of living in Australia varies from city to city, and students should not expect to fund their studies or living costs in Australia through part-time employment only.

    The Department of Home Affairs has financial requirements you must meet in order to receive a student visa for Australia. From 23 October 2019, the 12-month living cost was listed as:

    • Individual student - $21,041
    • Partner or spouse - $7,362
    • Child - $3,152

    However, costs will vary from person to person depending on where you live and your lifestyle choices. The below table gives a cost comparison between the living expenses in Darwin and Sydney (note: figures included are an approximate guide only).

    In addition to weekly expenses, you may also have establishment costs on arrival. These include security deposits, temporary accommodation, linen and basic home wares. You may also need to allow for a deposit on a contract for your mobile device.

    Cost of living in Australia


    Learn more about each campus and the cost of living

    Study in Darwin

    Study in Sydney

    Study in Alice Springs

  • During your studies, you will need to purchase textbooks and other items required to study. Text books can vary from $200 - $500 per semester depending on the course you are taking. Other expenses might include: stationary, printing, purchasing a laptop or computer, protective clothing, work materials, travel and accommodation for placement, working with children clearances and computing programs. These will depend on your course. 

  • For Summer Semester all new commencing and continuing students will be able to pay their tuition in the instalments outlines below.

    New Commencing for SS, 2020

    • 50% for COE issuance
    • 25% due on census date 4th Dec 2020
    • 25% due on 4th Jan 2021

    Current Students enrolling in non-compulsory SS, 2020 units

    • 25% on Monday first day of Summer Semester 9th Nov 2020
    • 25% on Friday census date 4th Dec 2020
    • 25% on 4th January 2021 (last day of semester break)
    • 25% on 22nd January 2021

    Details for future intakes will be updated soon.

    Details on the CDU's policy regarding refunds can be found online here.


  • The University offers faster and secure payment options. You can pay via one of the following payment options listed below.

    Payment Options

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