Cost of Living in Sydney, Australia

Prices in Sydney

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Restaurants [Edit]
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 16.00 A$
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 80.00 A$
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 9.95 A$
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 6.50 A$
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 8.00 A$
Cappuccino (regular) 3.73 A$
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 2.87 A$
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 2.33 A$
Markets [Edit]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 6.12 A$
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.59 A$
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.30 A$
Eggs (12) 4.55 A$
Local Cheese (1 lb) 5.05 A$
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 4.82 A$
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 7.83 A$
Apples (1 lb) 1.75 A$
Banana (1 lb) 1.36 A$
Oranges (1 lb) 1.40 A$
Tomato (1 lb) 1.98 A$
Potato (1 lb) 1.40 A$
Onion (1 lb) 1.06 A$
Lettuce (1 head) 2.27 A$
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.58 A$
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 17.00 A$
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 5.25 A$
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 5.95 A$
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 22.00 A$
Transportation [Edit]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 4.00 A$
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 160.00 A$
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.60 A$
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.88 A$
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 60.00 A$
Gasoline (1 gallon) 5.34 A$
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 25,000.00 A$
Utilities (Monthly) [Edit]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 193.95 A$
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.69 A$
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 68.15 A$
Sports And Leisure [Edit]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 69.35 A$
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 20.59 A$
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 19.00 A$
Clothing And Shoes [Edit]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 108.37 A$
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 83.00 A$
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 137.31 A$
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 143.25 A$
Rent Per Month [Edit]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 2,395.43 A$
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,730.10 A$
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 4,819.37 A$
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,830.03 A$
Buy Apartment Price [Edit]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,315.47 A$
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 774.41 A$
Salaries And Financing [Edit]
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 4,602.04 A$
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 4.88

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Last update: October, 2015

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72 Comments so far
#Web Browsor on Aug 27, 2015 :
Hi, I started to know Sydney since 2000, the Olympic Games.

I remember AUD was in such a lower level comparing with USD.
The lowest point was around 2002. Friends & I enjoyed a lot in such dreaming university academic life (2002 - 2004) in Sydney.

I could rather say, nowadays Sydney property price in or near CBD is too high for young couples and of course for newly U Grad ready for white collar.

Remember even ready to be in professional career, you still need to go exams. & practices at least some years to go.

Before qualified, it's such an expensive city you live in!

Even Suburb property price started climbing since early-2014!

New comers if with limited budget, should consider a bit faraway 30km + from CBD...
#Magoo on Aug 13, 2015 :
Urban Camper that's ridiculous, as if we're going to live inside our car while we build a life in Sydney.. talk about uncomfortable and cramped it would be..

Even Air BnB might be a worthwhile alternative for those doing a short stay..
#urban camper on Jul 27, 2015 :
Hello there Internet peoples..

HOW TO LIVE RENT FREE in fabulous Sydney

That's what me and a friend have been doing for the past 6 months..

It's not hard to do .. but you need to have your wits about you..

Urban stealth camping (aka sleeping in your car..)

It doesn't have to be rough, in fact you can make your car like a little micro apartment or
mini mansion.. quite comfortable but it does have to be stealth..

1. Tinted windows
2. Keep your possessions out of sight
3. Vary your night time parking spot so as not to draw attention to yourself/vehicle
4. Know where it is safe to park and where to avoid
5. Avoid near schools, quiet residential streets, certain industrial estates,
and parks and recreational facilities. Many beaches are patrolled and should be avoided.
6. Best paces to park: outside/near churches, 24/7 supermarkets and convenient stores, places where you won't stand out.. possibly near freeways is a good idea (not on the freeway of course..)..

Arrive late after 10 or 11 pm and move on early around 5 or 6 am.

Don't park in the same spot more than one night every 3 or 4 days or per week..

Local swimming pools
Gym (membership)

Public spots
Nice Hotels
Gas stations

Living in a car is a bit like living on a house boat or in a caravan ...
You have to be able to adapt and not be a scardy cat.

Cars are obviously much smaller than vans and camper-vans and 4WD's but cars are less conspicuous
and more agile and cheaper to run..
#Jelena on Jul 25, 2015 :
Hi Richard, how can you live 100% rent free? I'm just curious. I loved Sydney and would like to live and work there for a while.
#Richard on Jul 24, 2015 :
My wife and I live in Sydney and are saving to buy a house, we both work full time (white collar) and made a vow not to pay rent. We live in the lower North Shore 100% rent free, we are saving about $1200 per week towards a property and have been for the last 12 months and will continue to do so for the next 3 years which should see us around the $350-400K mark in the bank (we invest also). We are both university educated and do not believe in renting, why should we pay a large proportion of our after tax salary for an investor owned property in addition to our tax dollars being provided to a landlord who most likely negative gears. It is just plain madness and would mean we retire with nothing.

If more people chose to make a stand and do what we are doing and comfortably REFUSE to rent then rental vacancies would increase and rents would start to fall, if enough of had the courage and vision the investor led boom could be reigned in and first home buyers could once again enter the market.
#Tom of The City on Jul 19, 2015 :
Stana they are interesting comments and I will provide my take on life in Australia.

You're right about houses/flats.. mine freezes in winter and boils in summer...

1. House prices are incredibly expensive.. $750K - $3M for a reasonable house in a nice and safer area. (apartments/flats $280K - $800K are available in suburbs..)

2. Eating out at restaurants and fast food joints is costly, especially restaurants..
Expect to pay $60 - $120 per person for a medium rated restaurant .. (drinks extra).

3. Electricity and Gas is very expensive because not only do you pay a premium for the usage but you also pay between $1.20 - $1.40 per day for each of the utilities PER DAY just for the connection fee.

4. The cities can be dangerous because of a) drugs, b) mental illness, c) angry and brutal people, d) thugs & crooks e) violence for no reason

Here's what is good once you understand survival in the urban jungle.

1. Public transport in cities like Melbourne is much better than what a lot of people think ..
It's much more affordable now that there was a restructure and if you buy a yearly ticket then it works out at less than $4 per day (full fare) for Unlimited Travel.

2. Suburbs with lot's of Indian/Sri Lankan immigrants have the best value for money restaurants at the best prices..
You can get lunchtime specials for Thali, rice and curry etc for $7 - $8, masala dosa for $7.50

3. If you avoid the trouble spots and avoid the usual risks (late night wandering and gallivanting in the city and parks and other risky places..) you can enjoy your life here.. the high cost of getting by can wear you down at times but that's also true of London, Los Angeles, New York and most other developed cities.

4. Australia has a very large mixed population of cultures, particularly Chinese and Indian but also extends to other Asian countries and other regions of the world.

5. Radio Broadcasting in the 1611 - 1701 kHz AM band is available for broadcast entrepreneurs wishing to construct a non-commercial radio station. Assignments depend on frequencies available in the area they wish to operate from. Currently country/regional Australia has frequency assignments available .. especially for 1692 and 1701 kHz AM.

6. Setting up business in Australia is relatively straightforward and the main thing is to register for GST and file your tax returns.

7. If you're smart, lucky and work hard and sensible with your money you can enjoy a nice comfortable lifestyle even if it is an expensive country.

8. Hot summers and cold winters... but Australia is a big country, if you want a tropical lifestyle then you can move north and enjoy that climate.
#Stana on Jul 10, 2015 :
I have travelled to Australia many times for leisure and business and honestly can't find a single reason why anybody would move there( to live permanently) unless you are coming from Syria or worse (if that place exists). Australia is the most over rated place in the universe. Sydney is dangerous place to live and it's now not just western Sydney where bullets fly every night. Racism (against white people) is rampant and I would never ever send my kids to most schools in Sydney. Yes nice beaches - as good as any around the world but you will sit 2 hours in traffic to get there and then fight (literary) to park your car somewhere. Everything is too expensive because business knows that there is nowhere else to go. Island mentality prevails and most people especially the ones that have never travelled outside OZ think that Australia is the pinnacle of all existence. this is in a country where most people live in houses that are not habitable in winter because of horrible minimum building standards. Most houses have single glazed windows - in 2015?!?!?!?!?!
Food is ok but the famous BBQ is just plain sausage on mostly gas BBQ's that will burn not cook it. Compared to let's say Argentina they have no idea about Bbq'ing meat. Most people there actually can not afford to buy quality meat. In a country surrounded by water fish meat regularly cost $30 a kilo or more.
Anyway just what I think. Stana, Prague CZ.
#Subbu on Jul 10, 2015 :
Hi, Im moving to Sydney with an offer of 70k (including Super) along with my wife. We are looking to rent a 2BHK apartment outside the CBD, maybe inner West or a little further. We plan t use the Public transport for the first few months and will eat out maybe once a week. With this income would we be able to save something and have a comfortable life (not flamboyant or luxurious)?
#Malika Tanzania on Jul 03, 2015 :
I love Sydney n I think if you want to live in such a lavish city you need to pick up your game, cnt wait to join Sydney ppl I'll be coming there next year to macquarie
#Invicta on Mar 27, 2015 :
J I read your comments and it made me smile... This notion of living the dream is so 70s..

Back then houses with pools and lot's of space could be had by almost anyone.. now it's a big ticket item.. I live in a 2 bedroom unit and that's a reality I am now used to.. it's no big deal.. If you want to laze in a pool then use a public one or zip down to the beach..

Switch your map of reality and learn to enjoy living in a smaller space, the big wide wonderful world is waiting for you just outside your door regardless...
#J on Mar 25, 2015 :
Rents are a joke in Sydney. 3k/month for a 3 bed place in Hornsby. It didn't have a pool!!

Your not living the aussie dream if your pad does not have a pool.

As a result, I turned my recent job offer down
#Mind Odyssey on Feb 25, 2015 :
I am the sort of person that can live on the smell of an oily rag (more or less), but people with an penchant for fancy cars, exotic holidays, flash apartments/houses, a taste for fine dinning, bar cocktails and café lounge society and to attend all the right sports, cultural and leisure events,weekends away and one or two annual long-distance exotic holiday experiences... will need a good healthy paycheck.. In fact I would say probably around $150+ plus..
#New Yorker on Feb 17, 2015 :
I'm 26 and currently working on my nursing degree to get my RN. I do have some other nursing experience . I currently live in NYC ( Manhattan) so kind of used to reduced spaces and high rent. However, nurses here make around 66-72K for starters ( American dollars) a year plus benefits which kinds of makes it up for it. I've been reading and I must say I'm a bit discouraged now. Any hope for me? Woukd I be able to live comfortably in Sydney or Melbourne?
Thank your for your help!
#JamJam on Feb 07, 2015 :
Of course a lot of people buy or rent apartments and their cost is considerably less... Also, if you choose to live further out in a suburb like Blacktown which is approx 35 km from Sydney central business district (CBD) you can buy houses anywhere from $300k - $600k or rent 3 bedroom houses for around $360 - $420 per week.

So you can live in Sydney more affordably so long as you realise you won't be in the 5 star locations.

Here are some reviews

Note: I do not live in Sydney but I did a quick but of research...
#Phil on Feb 07, 2015 :
Just a brief comment based on the posts I have seen here. I came to Sydney in 1978. Most of the questions I see here seem more appropriate to a much earlier era. That dream is decades gone. The accommodation and satisfactory wage level situation in Sydney is dire. Come and try it here if you have a good deal but don't burn your bridges

Don't come to Sydney if you expect to start at the top. Most people start at the bottom and remain there. Sydney is not the land of opportunity. It is extremely expensive. For my house in outer Sydney I could buy two fairly new six bedroom brick houses in New England USA at a similar commuting distance. I have a fibro house with two bedrooms

I know this is bad news for many who dream of a better life. It may well be better but don't expect miracles. I would estimate a comfortable wage in Sydney would be around 300K for a couple living together - servicing a housing loan on a decent house anywhere near the centre would cost around 1000dollars per week without paying off a cent of capital - double it and triple it for a more middle class suburb, search Mosman or Randwick or Rose Bay to get an idea of how expensive "middle class" is in Sydney, mostly reasonable houses costing 2.5 million upwards.
#Gleb on Jan 24, 2015 :
Hi all! Need a piece of advice about Sydney cost of living and stuff.
We are a family of three from Russia. Me(28), being an IT guy (prev. long history of System administrating. Now about 4 years of management/coordinating positions in IT integration/banking ), my wife(29), being a doctor (neurologist. medical residency finished in 2011. yeah-yeah, i know the sad part about passing exams and internship for her or she won't be allowed to practice) and our wonderfull son, who turns 1 in several weeks (no degree yet %) ).

Being dissapointed with goverment actions we are planning to move out soon, using visa subclass 189, applying for permanent residenship. Since we have some friends in Sydney + it seems like a tough place, but having lots of opportunities, we are concentrating on Sydney.

From what i see, from different sites, i can try to get from 60k (if not lucky enough and will be able to find smth only in system administration and will qualify low (had no practice for a long time now - management work, blah-blah-blah)) to 80-90k (if lucky enough to get an IT junior management job). I would like to continue to develop myself to management, but ready to return to "ground-level". Since I'm a newcomer and being a realist i understand that i may be not the best catch for an employer, without having some Australian work experience.

So, starting from this info, what do you think about comfort level we can get? My friends in Sydney get 70k and after taxes, renting out 1 bdrm in Meadowbank, renting a car, food and some fun expenses, he even has around 1k free.
Of course we have a lot of hopes for my wife to get her degree approved and after that, i think, everything will start to be ok, but some time will pass before that. She needs to upgrade her english level, to study for exams...

Will be thankfull for any comments! Have a nice day!
#Micro Processor on Jan 18, 2015 :
Sydney is a lively, fun, exciting, dangerous, wicked, crooked, expensive and amazing place to live.If you can land yourself a reasonable white collar job then you'll be set on a path of good living and able to save money, buy a house/apartment, new model car and live the dream..

If you're a bit further down on the corporate ladder and you're wearing closer to blue collar then be prepared to struggle to save money
and buying a house/apartment may be difficult...

If you're a contractor, plumber, electrician, house painter, roof tiler, builder or renovator then you can make a very comfortable living
and find yourself able to afford a nice house, car and lifestyle.

If you're a taxi driver, cafe/restaurant worker, shop assistant, courier driver then you're gonna have to share accommodation as rents in Sydney are
damn high..

If you're on a low hourly rate then make sure you work extra hours.. do as much overtime and weekend work as possible and shift work pays better.. (penalty hours) .. make up the difference by working longer hours...

If you're a real estate developer, property flipper, landlord with a dozen or more properties then you're on easy street...

Doctors, Nurses, Dentists, Lawyers, Accountants, Bankers, Listed Company Directors, Police/Fire/Ambulance/Council/Public Transport workers all make good money... $100K to $1,000.000 depending on how high you go...
#Marko on Jan 14, 2015 :
I am planing to go in Sydney in Aprill with work holiday visa. I'm from Croatia and i have high school of economic. My question is what job can i find there with high school and what salary?
#Sydneydetails on Dec 21, 2014 :
hi Guys
I find this forum very helpful as i have been offered a job in sydney recently and wanted to know how much compensation will be sufficient to live a healthy standard of living.
Earning - approx $6500 will it be sufficient to get a decent place to rent near cbd. I dint drink or smoke so given the deatls above i think it should turnout well. Can someone living in sydney help answer my question, please.
#Zinat on Nov 10, 2014 :
Hi, I am wondering if any body can provide me information regarding elementary school enrollment.
1) if a child born on March 2008, which grade she supposed to be in Australian education system?
2) what are the processes?
3)when is the starting day of a new school year in Australia?

Thanks in advance.
#Miles on Nov 08, 2014 :
Thanks a lot brother (Nugegoda is a state of mind...).I really appreciate the words you've said.Wish you good luck!!! :)

many regards
#Nugegoda is a state of mind... on Nov 08, 2014 :
Hi Miles, there's opportunities in the music business in Sydney and Melbourne and really anywhere now because it's no longer
run by local distributors and manufactures but has pretty well gone over to the Internet with iTunes, Spotify etc..

So you could be anywhere ... as long as you're making the right music and get lucky along the way.

Luck does play a part and if you work hard and long enough you're eventually bound to get lucky...

Sydney is an expensive town and if you're a little more on the broke side then you're gonna have to house/room share
because rents are damn high.

Sydney is a vibrant city with lot's of social elements as well as corporate ladder climbing and the chase for money...

Good luck and I hope you too get lucky !!! :)
#muhammad khaleel on Nov 07, 2014 :
hi guys, i am M.Sc. (Hons.) Agriculture. i am agriculturalist and planning to move to Australia because Australian agriculture, climate and economy is attracting me. currently i am nor sure about job situations in Australia, can any body guide me about agricultural jobs market and which region is more privileged by agriculture? further more how i can get low cost accommodations on arrival in Australia.
muhammad khaleel
#Miles on Nov 05, 2014 :
Thanks a lot for your kind words buddy (Boy from Nugegoda).There's one more thing I needed to know brother.Are there no opportunities for band music in Sydney?
Will I be able to make money through creating new EDMs'(Electronic Dance Music)?
If yes,then how much it could be per month?
So,you're tellin' me not to come to Sydney but aren't there any opportunities for musicians' in Sydney?
Is it only possible in Melboune?

By the way,your words were pretty clear and inspirable as well.That really helped me to paint a picture about the present condition of Melboune music industry.Hope your words would come true that someday I got a chance to make millions. :p

many many regards
#Boy from Nugegoda on Oct 31, 2014 :
Hi to Miles who wrote:

"I am a vocal of a rock band in Bangladesh.I want to come to Sydney as an international student and I really want to have a singing career in Australia.

Will Sydney be the right choice for me to come?Is there any opportunities still there to have a musical career?

Will there be any job for me?

and if there,then how much they will be paying me every hour?

I'm in a fix.I need the answers ASAP.Can anyone please give me the answers?

A lot of questions there .. my advise, bypass Sydney and head to the music, entertainment and creative capital of Australia
which is Melbourne.

Set your computer, tablet up as your recording studio and start working on making high fashion energy dance electronic music
with broad appeal.

Lot's of labels in Melbourne that are looking for EDM dance music and they can get your music on iTunes, Spotify and all the other
hit music selling and streaming sites.

You can make millions if you play your cards right and have a head full of hooks...

In the meantime you will have to have a little money to get by ..

There are jobs in cafes, restaurants waiting on tables and working in the kitchens, jobs cleaning offices and luxury homes,
customer service jobs in shops and call centres, driving taxies, trucks, courier vans etc..

$15 - $30 per hour average amount...


1 bedroom flat in south east Melbourne, suburbs such as Murrumbeena, Clayton, Springvale, Westall, $240 - $280 per week

Share a house/unit with someone else and pay around $100 - $140 per week

Train/Bus/tram tickets..
2014 fares
Zone 1 full fare all day Mon-Fri $7.16
Weekends Sat/Sun $6.00 (covers Zone 1 and 2)

Live near a railway station so you won't need a car..

See some of the other posts to get more ideas .. otherwise write your questions here...

Good Luck...
#Miles on Oct 28, 2014 :
I am a vocal of a rock band in Bangladesh.I want to come to Sydney as an international student and I really want to have a singing career in Australia.Will Sydney be the right choice for me to come?Is there any opportunities still there to have a musical career?Will there be any job for me? and if there,then how much they will be paying me every hour?
I'm in a fix.I need the answers ASAP.Can anyone please give me the answers?
#Husnain on Oct 26, 2014 :
How much will earn a international student... While he is doing a job in a hotel as a helping chef...??
And how much $ they paid us for 1 hour ?
#DJ on Oct 07, 2014 :
As a graduate student, will I be able to live ok in Sidney on $35,000/year?
#Bamboo on Sep 08, 2014 :
Hi #Etienne on Aug 31, 2014 :

You think one car is sufficient?

A car allows you to visit and sightsee the beautiful coastal and country areas of NSW
and allows freedom of movement in the comfort of your own micro-climate auto(mobile).

We are both project managers in IT/banking so should be earning around $10,000 pre-tax I hope. Are we gonna be ok vs life in South Africa?

$10,000 a month is plenty of money - you will be very comfortably off and able to save lots of money and enjoy
all the things Sydney has to offer.
#Etienne on Aug 31, 2014 :
Looks like my wife and I and our 9yo boy might be moving to Sydney in near future. You think one car is sufficient? We are both project managers in IT/banking so should be earning around $10,000 pre-tax I hope. Are we gonna be ok vs life in South Africa?
#Anonymous on Aug 01, 2014 :
Hi to #Sajjad on Jul 26, 2014 : #Vaibhav on Jul 21, 2014 : #John on Jul 16, 2014 :

Here's are some approximate estimates on the costs of living in Sydney and Melbourne.

1 bedroom walk up flat within 7 - 15 km of city $240 - $280 per week
1 bedroom modern apartment within 7 - 15 km of city $340 - $420 per week

Train Fares - Sydney
Ticket fare-band 0 - 10kms 10 - 20kms 20 - 35kms 35 - 65km 65kms +
Adult Single $3.80 $4.60 $5.20 $6.80 $8.60
Concession Single $1.90 $2.30 $2.60 $3.40 $4.30

Rice and curry $8 - $10
Fast Food Hungry Jacks meal - Vege burger, fries and drink ~$8.60
Coffee in a cafe $3.40 - $3.80
Chinese food in food court $8 -$10

Australia is a good place to start your own business and there are many opportunities for
car mechanics, electronic technicians and engineers, plumbers, builders, carpenters,
house painters, roof specialists, electricians.

Also good for writers, poets, musicians, record producers, internet content creators,
software developers, e-book publishing, entertainment content creators, education content creators..

Health Care
Nurses, Doctors, Hospital Orderlies, Dentists, Opticians, Aged care providers etc..

Data services testing, mobile phone telco support, Internet broadband and high speed fibre network support,
Cellular/Mobile phone network support..

Public Transport
Working for the public transport system offers good jobs and good wages ..

Restaurants, Cafes..
Cooks, chefs, cleaners, kitchen hands, waiters .. loads of jobs available..

Cleaners .. lot's of jobs (many off-book cash) cleaning offices and shops..

Taxi/Courier/Truck/Van/Delivery driving..
Loads of jobs available..

Best way to save money if you're coming here on a budget:
1. Share housing: You can cut your rent by half or more by sharing accomodation.
2. Cook your own food at home, go to inexpensive restaurants for simple but tasty meals
(Shines, indian, Sri lankan, Middle eastern etc..)
3. Enjoy Prasadam vegetarian meals at ISKCON centres for free
#Sajjad on Jul 26, 2014 :
I have got a opportunity for Australian permanent residence trough an agent
I am working in garment manufacturing industries like men's/ladies outer wear
as a quality manger,
I would like to know what is the minimum cost of living in Australia per month?
I would like to know what will be my salary per month according to US Dollar?
#vaibhav on Jul 21, 2014 :
whatwould be my monthly expenses in sydney if i join the UTS???
what would be the minimun expense for rent and food???
#John on Jul 16, 2014 :
I'm a automotive electrical engineer living in south africa at the moment. Thinking of moving to sydney. What are the oppertunities for someone like me to A) start their own auto-electrical business and B) to work for a company that values my skills. Alos, what is the salary like? any feedback would be appreciated.
#TomTom on Jul 01, 2014 :
Hi to Kiran from India who had some questions on Jun 29, 2014 :

1) How are the job opportunities for sales & marketing (with engineering graduate)?
It's competitive and you may first have to settle for another job role in possibly an unrelated field while
you keep searching for your priority position.

2) How much salary I can expect in Australia.
$60K to $120K depending on the job role, performance and size of company.

3) How are the monthly expenses to live there?
Rent 1 bed flat $350 per week, weekly Train/Bus/Tram ticket/s around $60,
Food for 1 person $15-$20 per day, Electricity/Gas/Water approx $70-$90 per week,
#Kiran on Jun 29, 2014 :
Hello friends.
I am Kiran from India.
I am engineering graduate & I have 4.5 years of experience in sales of industrial products & technical machinery.
I am interested to move to Australia for Job.
kindly suggest:-
1) How are the job opportunities for sales & marketing (with engineering graduate)?
2) How much salary I can expect in Australia.
3) How are the monthly expenses to live there?
kindly answer my questions...
#Time Travel on Apr 26, 2014 :
Fran come and move to Sydney or Melbourne, you'll love it here !!
#Fran on Apr 25, 2014 :
Hey. I live in london (Uk). Rent here is 1500gbp to live much far from the center (zone 4), plus i need to pay council tax (148a month). My salary is crap, i'm manager in a big coffee house and i get 8 p/h. My partner is a chef and to get 450 a week he needs to work 75h. Weather is always crap. People are pretty stressed. Cigarettes are 7-10£. I spend 140£ a month in transport.
#Brazilian guy on Apr 16, 2014 :
This is a response to #Anonymous,

If you are thinking that the government is stolling from the australian citizen, try to take a look in Brazil, imported products have scary taxes, something like 80% of the product + shipping, internet is a piece of shit, for rent you have do sell your eyes, and everyday on the news, there're notices of corrupt politicians stolling the brazilian money, superfaturing in public constructions.

There are no places on hospitals if you get some problem, the schools education is one of the worst in the world, there's a votation in national congress that gives 10% of the seats in fereral universities to ex drug addicted people.

Resuming, all the Brazilian territory is falling into pieces, for Fifa world Cup, the government spend billions of dollars building stadiuns, but, the rest of the country is falling.

#Brett on Mar 29, 2014 :
Re: Anonymous on Jan 09, 2014:

I am really sorry you feel the way you do about Sydney. It is a shame you didn't mention:
• the pristine beaches,
• the fabulous waterways such as Port Hacking and Pittwater to mention a few.
• the city bordered by national parks to north, south and to the west,
• the outstanding restaurants and bars
• practical residential and commercial buildings and infra structure,
• unparalleled sporting facilities and events,
• Highly cultured in all areas of the arts,
• The beautiful Botanical Garden smack in the CBD.

Just a few positive aspects of Sydney listed and having lived there for 50 years I am not unaware of brown-outs or an abundance of timber cladded house.
I reckon you are a nark. Not because you don’t like Sydney, but because you give a balanced opinion thus suggesting you sound like a perennial whinger.
#ex kangaroo on Feb 15, 2014 :
here in europe cigarets cost only 4 to 5 euro good wine 3 to 5 euro cinema 10 euro petrol is 1.6 a litre rent 400 euro monthly i am an Australian living in europe north italy i think its cheaper here you have beatiful beaches near and 1 hour i am skiing on the snow i think i am better off in europe love Sydney too expensive bye aussies
#Tom of Sydney on Feb 02, 2014 :
Van you will like Australia. Sydney is a modern organised city with a good infrastructure.

A lot of our farming foods end up going offshore as well .. and prices are quite high here .. but the opportunities and
quality of your life here makes up for it.

Internet speed is fine .. don't believe what some people write .. most people have access to fast broadband
and fast wireless / mobile broadband.
#van on Jan 30, 2014 :
I can't believe people complain about 6mb internet. Worst in the world? please. Come visit South Africa, all internet is wireless, we got no wires left!! Uncapped? please, no such thing. we get 1mb internet so expensive only politicians can afford.
All our good produce goes to Aus, Newz and England. We are literally not allowed to eat our own produce, we must eat the crap we get from Lesotho, Swaziland and Mozambique (Zimbabwe no longer really exists.) Africa is not much the same as always, every single day it is worse and worse. Approximately 1 person is raped here every single minute, and is NEVER caught. Please get me out of here. Aus seems perfectly fine with their copper cables.
#JungleBoy on Jan 13, 2014 :
Sydney and Melbourne are the best cities to live in. If you're wealthy or on a good wicket you can buy a house .. in a good suburb not too far from the city you would expect to pay $900,000 to $3,000.000: A lot of people a choosing to buy or rent apartments because of the cost difference when compared to houses.

My advise, don't move to the cheap/low rent areas because that's usually where the trouble is with dysfunctional youth/adults and high crime.

Move to a good area and choose a smaller space to live in.

As one of the other posts said - you can live cheaply on about $30-$40 a day if you choose by sharing accommodation and being sensible and smart with your money..

Or if you're wealthy you can live high on the heap like a king in a spacious city or harbour apartment or massive mansion and land compound with harbour views and your own jetty. (You're probably looking at $25-100 Million for such a place..)

Sydney is great and so is Melbourne.

As another post said .. it is a capitalist city in a capitalist country so expect to pay for everything... that's business...
#L on Jan 12, 2014 :
Sri, check the website "Gumtree" as it is generally the most popular place for shared-house listings.
#Sri Cahyati on Jan 11, 2014 :
hay , anyone can help me? i very need link boarding house in sydney
#Bob on Jan 11, 2014 :
Sydney is a great city.Ultra modern but plenty of outdoors.The Harbour is teaming with wild life.Like NYC, you can live rich or cheap.Buy at Costco,use trains or bike,swim at the numerous beaches,lots of cheap inner city restautants.
#Anonymous on Jan 09, 2014 :
It's funny how you all just love wasting money on rent and saying living in a small 3 bedroom apartment is nice wtf that is not Australia, secondly I have lived in Sydney most of my life and been to other countries,so here is the real deal.

Transport is complete shit house we are talking like 3rd world rails and trains with high price tickets.

Electricity is crazy high unless your some old fart that does not have a laptop, computer, big TV, nice sound system, mobile, tablet, Worst case is that you live in Sydney with no gas, so your hot water is Electric and your stove is Electric and you be paying a lot more especially if you have down lights everywhere as there 50 watts each most rooms have 5.

brown outs and blackouts are also common.

water is filled with crap, its so bad that you can clean concrete with it and watch it froth up and wash it clean........well at leased you will save on cleaning products.

houses are shit as well a lot are wood or cladding that will also increase your cost as well it looking crap.

apartments are fancy name for units or shoe boxs, I do not care how nice they are but lets face it you cant do anything in them, like turn your music up, watch a movie of a night, have a party with friends, maybe you want to hang some pictures and stuff well in a lot of places tuff titties there as you would not be allowed or have to ask.

If you rent in Australia, Sydney your treated like shit.
If you buy a house in Australia, Sydney your rich, have too much cash to burn, or your crazy as prices like this can only go in one direction.

Internet, Australia has the worst Internet in the world this is no joke, you would be lucky to get 6mb and be paying the same price as someone on 20mb with unlimited cap << well thats good unlimited cap cool you can download all you want on slow speed.

With our great new PM Tony Abbot who knows nothing about Technology or Science for that matter "Religious NUT" has Flushed the NBN down the toilet.... so the internet is not going to improve in the future.

Fact the copper lines are now owned by the government.
Fact if you call Telstra or who ever they will not fix the lines.
Fact The copper lines are the problem with the Internet in Australia Fibre is the way of the Future.

With more demand on the internet clearly its just going to get worse.

Reasons the Australian people they have lived most of there life's in a bubble and think its the best country in the world and pay anything to live here.

Fact its not.

Fact smokes cost $24 for a pack of 40's that's nearly 50cents per sig.... does the gov help people to quit no.

Fact Australian government just wants every ones money up there ass.
#Harry on Jan 08, 2014 :
Have a look at the comments about the Cost Of Living in Melbourne - very good advise and suggestions.
#Mazhar on Jan 06, 2014 :

I am planning to travel to Sydney in search of a job. I don't have any idea about the city. Can some one suggest a place to stay there which will cost me the lowest and help me in looking for a job?

Also, let me know how much salary I can expect. I am an IT professional with 9 years of experience.

Thanks in advance.
#AA on Dec 29, 2013 :
I've been living in Sydney 27 years and these prices seem okay as an average and statistically but if you are planning to move here from Overseas you will probably want to live in the inner city (within <5km from CBD). If this is the case you should expect higher inflated prices on rent, groceries, and entertainment. Your quality of life will be well worth the inflated prices as your salary and vicinity to the city / beaches will compensate.
#Bharat Peswani on Dec 29, 2013 :
Hi I am planning to move with my wife to Australia for a job.. can anybody tell me what is the average salary we can expect and the average cost of living...
#AliBee on Dec 25, 2013 :
All you guys wanting to live in Sydney and complaining well you are partly the problem in driving housing and costs up so spread the love around to other places in Australia. I'm a eurasian migrant living in perth for 40 years and prices are worse so Sydney is like third world for me! Sydney is a nice place but effectively land locked with the harbour and run out of space. Most migrants to Australia land in Sydney and stay there adding to the pressure so blame yourselves partly for the problems.

From australia we are looking across the world and what do we see - Europe except Germany and a few others, mostly all EU stagnating and going backwards, eastern europe, Russia and central Asia not hearing good things, USA slightly better but the same and their military budget of 50% of the world well that makes jobs or does that drag them down at the expense of their own citizens welfare, NE Asia like Japan the same stagnating except korea, China booming but for how long and howabout their one party PLA and pollution and standard of living, parts of south east Asian doing well, India improving, Africa much the same as always, Latin America well Brazil and Chile doing well but catching up needed and the others no good. Am I missing anything here? Cost of living for me I don't drink much, don't smoke, eat mostly noodles, rice and curry which is plentiful, healthier and cheaper than western food, not to mention generally tastier in restaurants.
#JDF018 on Dec 25, 2013 :
It's funny....we are looking at moving to Australia...likely Sydney and really I am happy with the prices as they are about the same as prices in Vancouver Canada. I would love a place that would be great for design (I'm an Interior Designer and my husband is an Architect) and a little less expensive to live.
#Raj3892 on Sep 25, 2013 :
o ma gawd i am really scared now , my family is planning to make me do mba from University of new southwales but now i think i would go kenya lol , 1 pack of cigrette -5-6 dollars thats more than double wtff.... m just freaking out ,,,, imbalance in economy :x
#DMYTRO on Sep 14, 2013 :
So, guys! If I will compare live in Sydney and live in Kiev, capital of Ukraine (between Poland and Russia). In Australia life is real better. Yes you have to pay double price compare with Ukraine, but average salary is 10 time highest!
#Dee on Aug 21, 2013 :
Sydney is expensive in terms of housing, transport & entertainment. 'Regular' 'branded' supermarket prices are also high, BUT you can shop smart, cook and eat well e.g. at discount supermarkets like Aldi and Costco, or at markets for in season fruits and veg. The large supermarkets like Woolworths and Coles also offer no frills homebrands like $2 for 2L milk. However, it is also true that my trolley of necessities on specials for a family of 3 is $150-200 every 2-3 weeks. This is supplemented by meat from the butcher or Aldi, and veg & fruits from markets.
#zambian on Aug 20, 2013 :
jeez am scared to death, am planning to further my studies in australia,coming from zambia where things are holy cheap and the prices up there have just really freaked me out,i would never afford 2 yrs :(
#Mark on Jul 27, 2013 :
Australia is like any other country, if you know where to go prices are much cheaper. You dont buy beer by the six pack, a carton
on special will cost $30.I am travelling in europe at the moment, Dont go to scandinavia unless you have won the lotto,six pack in oslo 30 aussie dollars, and i have looked every where for cheaper. Beef over here hardly exists , in australia its everywhere along with all other cuts. If you do intend to head up here bring your booze with you from duty free or germany
#Statos on Jul 05, 2013 :
Yeah Im surprised by the cost of Rents in Sydney, that is really expensive. However the overall quality of life is really good. One needs to know how to smartly spends its money. Yes, a night out for drinks can be very very painfull. Good thing I dont smoke and dont drink ! :D
#Analyst on Jul 05, 2013 :
Well well it's no surprise that "greed" eventually leads to out of control prices! I wonder how long before they realise the circle is completely broken in Australia due to the hugely overvalued property market making a huge impact on the cost of living which in turn has catapolted prices on all goods and services. The only people who seem to have had a pay rise in the last 10 years are the politicians and those that work for government departments which now receive more than Mining companies for some roles...odd! Time will tell!
#Jatin Gajjar on Jul 03, 2013 :
What is the average salary given Indian Chartered Accountant in sydney? particularly in audit and account department. Let me know about scope for M.A. (Master in Arts) with special subjects of High Level English for a lady.
#Anonymous on Apr 09, 2013 :
I wonder how much does a family of four need before tax for a decent living in Sydney? When taking about decent life I think about nice 2 bedroom rented home near sea, eating out three to four time a month, having car, saving for pension and holidays, good schools etc... just to feel like a human beings who deserve to enjoy in fruits of their work:-)
#Kayla on Jan 30, 2013 :
Is there a site that tells you the cost of living from 1998?
#Nicki on Jan 06, 2013 :
well if i can put some facts,in croatia avarege anualy income is around 1000AUD lets say in australia anualy avarege incom after being taxed is around 6000 AUD. and from this list above ill take 3 things to compare.. in croatia you will find drinks as it is here, most of food is cheeper than in croatia, and price of car is same as it is here. It is ridicules how quality of life depends on where you live.. australians, they can afford car for 5 monthly incoms, in croatia you will need six times more monthly incoms to afford it, you will need 27 wages to do so. and price index are almost same, in favor of australia where prices are cheeper. But with that amount of money you earn here on monthly basis, it is good life i must say.
#jr on Dec 02, 2012 :
Rent, eating and drinking out in Sydney are ridiculously expensive!
For example, a 1-bedroom apartment in a nice apartment block in the city centre or within a couple of km from the centre is around AUD 2,200 per month!
#John on Oct 15, 2012 :
Just back from a week in Sydney, and struck by how expensive it was. Just as dear as London or New York now.
#DaveO on Aug 08, 2012 :
Just got back to the US from Sydney and Brisbane. We were surprised at how expensive beer is in Australia. In the US, you can buy a six-pack of domestic beer at a grocery for $7 or less, or an import for $9. In Australia, we never saw any beer for less than $14 for a six-pack.
#Greg Kirkwood on Aug 01, 2012 :
Many of the prices are far inflated, for living in NSW, I can buy bread for $1 per loaf, and that goes for many other items, which are cheaper, such as shoes, etc. You just need to look around to find much cheaper prices. AS for the Rents, that is fairly true, and this is red hot! Cigarettes are amazingly expensive due to this government jacking up the tax! Yours, Greg Kirkwood.
#Johnfromoz on Jun 25, 2012 :
Prices for food are way above the actual ones, unless one buys from 7/11 or Coles Express or another similar place. Big supermarkets have their own brands and pricing for these items are the same nationwide. Coles and Woolworths are the biggest ones. Their milk costs $1 per litre, loaf of white bread costs 99 cents just to give an example. It is really beyond me why would anyone pay $3 for milk or $4 for bread just coz it has a nice label and its advertised a lot on TV. Chickenbreast, like other meats are a lot cheaper at butchers. Chicken fillet, just like steak and pork cost around $6-$7. Of course, there are more expensive steaks too. It really comes down to where one shops and what lifestyle leads.
#Sydneysider74 on Jun 14, 2012 :
The cost of living has gone way up in Sydney. For a 2 bedroom apartment 6 kms for the city, we are paying $750 AUD per month - $3,250 per month - pretty OTT! As for groceries - you go to the shops to get "a few things" and you'll easily drop $50 each time. You need a good salary to live in Sydney these days
#Cancerian on May 31, 2012 :
Hi, I am moving to Sydney and my monthly income after tax would be around $ 7250. I will be living with my wife and 7 years old daughter. Can you help me on monthly approx expenses with family in Sydney?

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