Is Sydney too expensive?

Written by Student Life, Tips & Tricks

Oh gosh,  1AUD = 79,35 Nepalese Rupee = 16,184 VND = 81.22 Yen

Sydney is one of the most expensive cities in the world to live in. So, how can you survive in Sydney over a 3 year-bachelor-degree or 1 year-postgraduate- degree or 3 year-high school-degree, when you are an international student relying on parents’ or just yourself for financial support?

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Accommodation

If you are here in Sydney now- spending 450 AUD/week for a single room and facilities – consider seeking alternative options. There would be a cheaper one out there for you such as sharing houses or living in a home-stay accommodation.

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For example: in the CBD Sydney, a single room is around 250 AUD or more. A shared room for two people can cost 170 AUD while for four people the rent can be 150 AUD. However, the price also depends on the location and the suburb chosen.

Tips:

  • Go for a house inspection to see if all the necessary facilities are provided and speak to the tenants. You may decide if your personality fits your prospective housemates
  • “He kicked me out of the house around 1:00 am in the morning and denied to return my bond. I can’t do anything because we didn’t sign any contracts” one student said. Before signing the contract for a shared house, be sure to carefully read through the terms – especially for returning bonds and lease period sections

Saving money doesn’t mean you have to trade off your health and security. Please dial triple 000 for any emergency situation or contact us for further advice and assistance.

Food Shopping

Despite surrounding by famous beaches and harbors, having a seafood meal is pretty much a middle-class lifestyle. As being students, a limited budget doesn’t allow us to overspend for exclusive food. But, we can’t starve to death.

Knowing the base price of the food is a good idea for you to make a plan and to choose where and what to buy. In order to have a good knowledge the price, spend around 5-10 minutes of your time searching for online  prices or ask your friends before creating a shopping list.

Drumsticks might cost around 2.99 AUD/kg to 5 AUD/kg in butcher stores. In the supermarkets, it may be a bit pricier. 500-gram minced cost around 3 AUD to 5 AUD in Coles, 5 AUD plus in Woolworths or 4 AUD in Aldi.

“Chicken in Australia is pretty cheap so I usually buy around 6-7 chicken drumsticks for a whole week meal, one drumstick with a bowl of soup and rice a day.”

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Tips:

  • Store and freeze your food. However, don’t refreeze it again to avoid food poisoning
  • Take note of the label on the product, its ‘used by date’ or ‘best before’ date
  • Check out the supermarkets’ brochures for the week before heading to the shop. Supermarkets always give you a special discount such as buy 2 cans of milk for 5AUD (4AUD/each) or 10kg of brown rice for 10AUD (3.5AUD for 2 kg).  Buying in bulk and sharing the cost with your housemates/roommates is always the best option in this case.
  • Don’t forget to check out supermarket’s brochures for the week before heading to the shop (avoid junk food)
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“Living together with another 3 girls in a room, we always cook dinner and lunch together. Since we all have different backgrounds, it’s fun to try different cuisine dishes from the girls every time and It’s pretty cheap.”

So cooking from scratch like our grandparents used to do, you find much cheaper and healthier than buying processed and canned food.

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“I am vegetarian, so potatoes, broccoli and carrots are enough for my body to function a whole semester”.

The ground floor of Haymarket is the place for you. Here you will find fresh produce such as potatoes and pumpkins as well as fruits. You can store these in the fridge for longer than leafy green salads.

Watch the clock and stick to your shopping list! 

 

 

Last modified: February 26, 2016

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