Darwin is a unique tropical city famous for its beautiful sunsets, spectacular natural scenery, cosmopolitan markets, vibrant multiculturalism, Indigenous culture, fascinating history and its proximity to and engagement with Asia.
Located in the Northern Territory, Darwin is Australia’s northernmost capital city with many direct travel routes to Asia. In fact, Darwin is just a few hours away from most capital cities in South East Asia and just six hours from southern China.
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Living in Darwin
Darwin has an extensive public bus system that services most suburbs; from the inner city to local beaches, up to the northern suburbs and down to Palmerston and surrounds. As a student your are eligible for concession rate fares and can purchase $1 tickets for three hours of travel, or better still, buy a weekly ticket for only $7.
Flat terrain and cycling paths make for easy, safe walking and cycling as well. More information on Darwin's bicycle paths can be found on the NT Government.
Driving a car or motorbike is another option. Alternatively, Uber and other ride-sharing services are also readily available in Darwin.
Share accommodation in Darwin can vary in price depending on the suburb but is likely to cost between $168 and $250AUD per week. For more information, visit our accommodation pages.
Cost of living
The cost of living in Australia varies from person to person depending on where you live and your lifestyle choices. Students should not expect to fund their studies or living costs in Australia through part-time employment only.
During your studies, you will need to purchase textbooks and other items required to study. Textbooks can vary from $200 - $500 per semester. Other expenses might include stationery, printing, purchasing a laptop or computer, protective clothing, work materials, travel and accommodation for placement, working with children clearances and computing programs. Find out more about additional fees and expenses here.
The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has financial requirements you must meet in order to receive a student visa for Australia. As of October 2019, the 12-month living cost (per person) as suggested by the DHA are:
- Individual student - $24,505
- Partner or spouse - $8,574
- Child - $3,670 (per child)
For an approximate guide on Education and living costs visit the Study in Australia website.
Other expenses and fees
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