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