Cost of living

Cost of living in Wollongong

Wollongong enjoys a very reasonable cost of living, which means you can focus your efforts on your study, not your finances. Cost of living in Wollongong is lower than in many other cities in Australia, including Sydney and Melbourne. Here we’ve compared weekly and monthly rental costs across several cities based on government data.

CITY WEEKLY MONTHLY
Wollongong $470 $2,037*
Canberra city centre $638** $2,765**
Melbourne - Fitzroy $750 $3,250^
Sydney - city $945 $4,095*

 

AVERAGE MONTHLY COST OF LIVING IN WOLLONGONG† Rent Food prepared at home & other groceries Bills e.g. electricity Local travel costs Personal purchases (e.g. clothing), mobile/internet, entertainment, food and drinks (on campus), text books Total cost $A per month
Shared 2 bedroom apartment, Wollongong & UOW area (own room) 780* 320 120 124 435 $1,779
Shared 3 bedroom shared house, Wollongong & UOW area (own room) 679* 320 80 124 435 $1,638
Homestay, Wollongong area (single room) 1,127 0 0 124 405 $1,686
University accommodation, self-catered (Kooloobong Village) 1,040 320 0 0 375 $1,735
University accommodation, catered (Weerona College)  1,540 0 0 0 375 $1,915

Source: * NSW Department of Family and Community Services Rent Report September 2016; ^ Department of Health & Human Services Rental Report (Victoria), Sept 2016; † Does not include initial cost, e.g., bonds, set-up costs and application fees. **Numbeo.com sited 24/04/17

Last reviewed: 26 June, 2017