Cost of living

Wollongong enjoys a very reasonable cost of living, which means you can focus your efforts on your study, not your finances.

Median rental figures for a three-bedroom house

Cost of living in Wollongong is lower than other cities in Australia, including Sydney and Melbourne. Here we've compared weekly rental costs across several cities based on government data.

Wollongong* $500 $2,150
Liverpool* $475 $2,042
Sydney* $995 $4,278
Inner Melbourne** $800 $3,400

*NSW Department of Family & Community Services Rent Table, March Quarter 2020

**Victorian Department of Health and Human Services Victoria Rental Report, March Quarter 2020

Average weekly cost of living in Wollongong

This table provides an indication of weekly living costs for students who rent a room in Wollongong. The figures quoted are per person, per week in Australian dollars and should be used as a guide only. Actual costs will vary based on individual circumstances.


Food prepared at home

(& other groceries)

Bills (eg. electricity)Local travel costs

Personal purchases

(internet, social, textbooks etc)

Total cost ($ per person, per week)
Shared 2-bed apartment, Wollongong & UOW area (own room)* 190 80 30 31 105 $436
Shared 3-bed shared house, Wollongong & UOW area (own room)* 167 80 20 31 105 $403
Homestay, Wollongong area (single room)+ 294 0 0 31 100 $425
Kooloobong Village, self-catered, shared unit, Bld37 (single room)^ 224 80 0 0 95 $399
Bangalay, self-catered, shared unit (single room)^ 262 80 0 0 95


Campus East, flexi-catered, shared unit (single room)^^ 189 30 0 0 95


*NSW Department of Family & Community Services Rent Table, March Quarter, 2020
+Homestay 2020 rates for a student aged 18 and over
^52-week contract - UOW Student Accommodation fees for 2021
^^45-week contract - UOW Student Accommodation fees for 2021