Cost of Living in Melbourne

Summary about cost of living in Melbourne:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 2,103.74 Rs 1,732.49-2,846.24
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 9,899.95 Rs 7,424.96-13,612.43
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 1,420.02 Rs 1,225.12-1,632.10
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 1,051.87 Rs 866.25-1,361.24
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 1,113.74 Rs 866.25-1,484.99
Cappuccino (regular) 523.64 Rs 433.12-618.75
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 382.77 Rs 247.50-495.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 346.08 Rs 247.50-433.12
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 700.47 Rs 468.44-1,030.57
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 350.66 Rs 224.53-449.05
Rice (white), (1 lb) 151.45 Rs 112.26-224.53
Eggs (regular) (12) 559.02 Rs 433.12-742.50
Local Cheese (1 lb) 530.78 Rs 336.79-954.24
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 598.51 Rs 505.19-785.85
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 835.80 Rs 505.19-1,122.64
Apples (1 lb) 230.12 Rs 168.40-280.66
Banana (1 lb) 196.36 Rs 167.83-224.53
Oranges (1 lb) 191.12 Rs 157.17-252.59
Tomato (1 lb) 281.36 Rs 196.46-449.05
Potato (1 lb) 204.88 Rs 112.26-280.66
Onion (1 lb) 158.91 Rs 84.20-224.53
Lettuce (1 head) 311.67 Rs 247.50-371.25
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 252.66 Rs 123.75-371.25
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 1,856.24 Rs 1,484.99-2,474.99
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 614.97 Rs 371.25-866.25
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 695.94 Rs 433.12-1,051.87
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 3,786.73 Rs 3,093.73-4,430.23
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 544.50 Rs 495.00-556.87
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 19,119.28 Rs 17,943.66-22,597.72
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 618.75 Rs 519.75-754.87
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 358.48 Rs 323.03-493.91
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 4,232.23 Rs 3,712.48-4,685.15
Gasoline (1 gallon) 679.73 Rs 632.40-744.82
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 3,093,734.92 Rs 2,969,985.53-3,464,983.11
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 3,011,145.65 Rs 2,722,486.73-3,493,197.98
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 25,190.08 Rs 14,849.93-39,960.82
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 26.92 Rs 14.85-49.50
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 8,694.40 Rs 7,424.96-11,137.45
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 9,250.27 Rs 6,187.47-14,849.93
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 2,969.99 Rs 1,856.24-4,331.23
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 2,474.99 Rs 1,856.24-2,722.49
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 246,184.99 Rs 111,374.46-371,248.19
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 2,535,042.79 Rs 1,410,495.63-3,341,233.72
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 12,132.60 Rs 8,043.71-14,849.93
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 7,419.81 Rs 4,331.23-12,251.19
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 15,035.55 Rs 11,137.45-18,562.41
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 17,092.89 Rs 12,374.94-24,749.88
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 230,032.02 Rs 185,624.10-284,623.61
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 175,105.40 Rs 148,499.28-222,748.91
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 413,061.21 Rs 309,373.49-559,718.52
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 268,690.88 Rs 197,999.04-358,873.25
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 111,245.70 Rs 91,972.80-120,714.29
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 88,897.12 Rs 65,530.62-103,469.40
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 555,690.94 Rs
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 4.19 433.12-606.37

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Last update: December 2019
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79 Comments so far

#Anonymous on Nov 17, 2019 :
Any suggestions on annual income for a single person moving from the US to Australia? To live comfortably not just barely get by.
#Anonymous on Sep 14, 2019 :
Hi every one please suggest me 10500 AUD is sufficient for me or not with wife and 2 children
#Anonymous on Sep 14, 2019 :
Hi every one please suggest me 10500 AUD is sufficient for me or not with wife and children
#Whatever on Jun 10, 2019 :
International students really killed this page. It's not about you guys!!! #To guy with wife and 3 children that wants to live in Melbourne on $30 000 a year - Does your wife and kids eat and drink? Are they resistant to Heat and Cold? Can they run as quickly as train? Etc. Etc. Etc. To other one- there is no difference in cost of living between Ringwood and Croydon.
#Josh on May 30, 2019 :
Doing this for school so trash but also good. I don’t know we’re the low and height market is!,
#DF on May 01, 2019 :
Expensive city for a family

Family of 4 (young children) needs $110k gross household income minimum to survive. Not much left after tax.
#Jun on Mar 29, 2019 :
How much salary of an welder fabricator in melbourbe, better if someone knows the lowest and the highest salary... And which suburb cheaper to leave, ringwood or croydon?
#Anonymous on Mar 27, 2019 :
Where do you get your prices from,the moon? Maybe you're a moon student instead of an international student huh? The prices given here by NUMBEO are only off by a small percentage higher.I live in Melbourne.Which Galaxy system do you live in dufus?
#Anonymous on Mar 24, 2019 :
As an international student who lives in Melbourne, I think you can live much cheaper than what you have seen here. Most of the prices are higher than usual and normal one. If you buy your groceries from ALDI or COLES, I think you can manage all groceries $150-250 a month!!! Utilities (water, electricity and heat) vary but if you share an apartment with others, the whole cost would be around $50 monthly in average. You can get phone sim-card from Catchconnect or Kogan, 3G data, unlimited nationalwide calls and text for just $15. You can find other options on their websites. Do not waste your money to get a shitty products from Telstra, Vodafone or Optus!!! The most expensive part of living in Melbourne is rent!! If you wanna rent a private room in an apartment, you would pay $200-300 weekly but in suburbs outside of CBD it might be cheaper $150-250 weekly. So suppose to what I have experienced here, for having a standard and normal life in Melbourne, all expenses besides the rent is something around 250-350 monthly. The rent would be $150-300 weekly depends on where you are planning to live.
#Anonymous on Mar 24, 2019 :
Everything is very expensive in Melbourne and getting higher all the time.It amazes me how to anyone would even want to live in a dump like Australia.Two hours at the airport waiting for my next flight was enough for me just passing through.
#Gadane Mer on Mar 03, 2019 :
Childcare costs vary even in the same neighbourhood. When we first arrived in 2011, we were paying 105 aud/ day in St Kilda. Now we are paying 180 aud/day in Camberwell. Centrelink pays back 7500 aud per year. Total madness! Many Australian women stopped working for this very reason. And as being the most apolitical society in the world, you can’t see any protests anywhere in Melbourne.
#Garry Hart on Feb 14, 2019 :
Hi Guys,
Can anyone let me know what child care costs would be like for non residents on a working visa ?
Many thanks,
#again on Jan 26, 2019 :
Hi to everyone,
I want to know what monthly salary is enough to live a normal life in Melbourne?
#Shadi on Jan 22, 2019 :
I am a physician and suppose to begin a PhD program in he university of Melbourne,if I got a scholarship I would receive 30.000 Aust Dollars per year, is it enough for a me,my wife and 3 kids?

thanks in advance
#Kodresko Natalia on Jan 05, 2019 :
Kodresko Natalia.
Have pursue very seriously -- please me help on natural contact with Australian Police on decide my Immigration case.Russian FSB DOING EVERY DAY PERSECUTE -PURSUE AND NO DOING JUSTICE.
#Pink on Jun 28, 2018 :
Hi, I am an International future student in Deakin University. I have following questions:
1. Is taking admission in November intake not a good ida? Does the PR becomes difficult for November intakers as I have heard people saying that the course is shorter for November students than July.

2. Which area is best to look for accommodation near Deakin University Burwood Campus and how much does it cost?

3. Are studio apartments cheaper or expensive near Burwood campus?

4. Is it a good idea to look for accommodation 20km away from university as people say there are not part time jobs near to Burwood?
#ActualAussie on Jun 06, 2018 :
I've been living in melbourne my whole life, and first of all - you can't even get 60 Mbps internet (which stands for megaBITS per second, and is actually 6 megaBYTE per second) unless you have a residency with fiber connection (which not very many do, and even then you'll struggle to get 6 megabytes per second). The national average is less than 1 megabyte per second, and living in the city, paying $55 per month you will get close to 2 megabytes per second.

Also, I have no idea how you came to those numbers for rent/buy. If you're going by average, that is a bad way to calculate a useful number for people because the extremely expensive and opulent apartments will throw off the number by a large margin. You can rent in the city for around $500 per room, per week easily and they will be very modern and spacious apartments. Rent outside the city is more like $300 per room per week for very large private houses with a pool. Some people rent decent houses for less than $100 per week.
#Alfredo on Apr 23, 2018 :
I am from Chile and i wonder, how is the IT work in Australia? i am working at technical support and i am thinking in moving to live and work in Australia.
#fa on Feb 05, 2018 :
Hi every one
My husband and I currently planning to move to Melbourne. Our jobs in Iran are auditing and I do photography in a professional level too. We both worry about finding jobs in Melbourne. Is it hard to find auditing jobs for my husband who is ACCA member with 8 years experience? and photography job for me??
Please advise if you can....
#Chicken on Jan 29, 2018 :
Hello. I am moving to Melbourne this year to study digital design. I am planning to get some part-time or freelance jobs related to my major. Is it hard to find design jobs at local businesses for an international student? (I have ~2 years experience in graphic designing).
Thanks a lot!
#Ru on Jan 17, 2018 :
#ali where do you stay? Which street apartment complex
#Meno Silva on Dec 20, 2017 :
Hello. I would like to ask you a question in relation to the above's statistics model chart. Where is the percentage of 0.04?
Thank You.
#Banjaluka on Dec 17, 2017 :
Hi to everyone,
I want to know what monthly salary is enough to live a normal life in Melbourne?
#ali on Nov 14, 2017 :
i live in a 3 bed room house in melbourne rent is just 1350$ excluding any other expenses .around 250 p/m utilities.petrol 1.35 p/l a couple earning 5k p/m can live here alright
#Malcolm on Oct 30, 2017 :
As an Australian who spends time in both Melbourne and London I would dispute the prices quoted here

I find Australia more expensive for most things compared with the UK, especially food which would say is about 50% more expensive than the supermarkets in the UK. Eating out is particularly expensive in Melbourne, there are very few mid price restaurants where you can eat for $40 per head. Mains are typically $25-35, entre typically $15-20 and similar for deserts. A decent bottle of wine will set back at least $50 on top. I can eat much cheaper in London and food quality is good.

Don't believe me just do the checks yourself on line. Compare you local shop in Waitrose/Tesco/Aldi etc with Coles and you'll see what I mean
#Bebe on Oct 30, 2017 :
Hi there!
As a Melbournian myself I think that it really depends on how often you get that money, if its yearly probably not, monthly yes and daily for sure! But it also depends on where you live too, some places tend to cost more and leisure is often expensive, but if I were to recommend a place to eat I would say FODDIES it's healthy, good meals and for an amazingly cheap price.
Good Luck John!
#John on Sep 07, 2017 :

I'm currently planning to move to Melbourne with my wife and 2 sons.Im a qualified Chef and my wife Accountant.Will 12k after taxes enough to comfortably live in Melbourne?Please advise.....
#Burini on Sep 06, 2017 :
I'm a single 26 years old civil engr. (structural engr.) having 3.5years experience working in a precast company as a structural engr., I'm planning to migrate to Sydney within a year time,.. just asking about how easy I can get a job there in any of the reputed pre-cast companies! and what about salaries! are they good to cover my living expenses over there! just need your help in giving me a clear picture on the life expenses and other related things, etc.,..

Thanking you in advance.

Awaiting your reply/feedback please.
#Sayontan on Aug 23, 2017 :
Hi there,
I got a job offer with a Big 4 Consulting firm in Melbourne. We are a couple (27m,25f) and we were planning to move over to Melbourne this November. Is 10000AUD or 6600AUD (after tax and superannuation deduction) per month good enough to spend life in Melbourne? What would be the expenses in terms of 1 BHK apartment, utilities (gas/electric/water/garbage/internet), health insurance, fooding? Most importantly, do I need to renegotiate or go ahead with the current situation.
Thank you!
#marzsha on Mar 29, 2017 :
Hi there,
We are planning to move to Melbourne, Australia in PR status this coming Sept 2017 with my husband and 5 year old son without jobs prepared. I am wondering about the cost of living, schooling and how long will it take getting a job. We are both Mechanical Engineer in profession. Thank you..
#Ajay on Mar 13, 2017 :
i am agricultural scientist from india and spouse is lawyer by profession,we have 2 kids. we are now move to melbourne on pr.
pls guide us we can easily get jobs or not and what r the rough monthly expense after reaching there.
#GN on Jan 16, 2017 :
hey #edel - and would be good places to start looking. Rentals vary depending on the location/ suburb.

Good luck!
#edel on Dec 12, 2016 :
I am from Ireland and hoping to move to Melbourne in April. I am just wondering about the cost of living and if I was to rent a room in a house approx how much would it be ?
#Tom Tom Turnaround on Dec 04, 2016 :
Hi to
#Mario on Nov 16, 2016 :
I am from West Africa and i will be relocating with my wife and two kids to Sydney Australia,

A: You've come to the Melbourne page Mario..

A: I wish to further my education to enable get a good paying job,

Don't we all !!

even though i got no school admission yet, my wife will definitely want to get a job,

A: Yes everyone wants a job if they want money !!

i have no idea of cost of accommodation and cost of living.

A: Well, you've come to the right place..

I seek an advise on how to go about this whole thing.. Thanks.

A: Just ask specific questions here (or on the Sydney page) and let your fingers do the walking
and type in and forage about in the search engine for answers.. use the Aust gov sites as well..

Just heard a great Christmas song
"Santa Baby" by Disco Pirates
it's a very catchy song and great remix
#Mario on Nov 16, 2016 :
I am from West Africa and i will be relocating with my wife and two kids to Sydney Australia, i wish to further my education to enable get a good paying job, even though i got no school admission yet, my wife will definitely want to get a job, i have no idea of cost of accommodation and cost of living. I seek an advise on how to go about this whole thing.. Thanks.
#anom nom on Nov 12, 2016 :
I'll have a shot at answering the questions from the post below..

1. I am 23years old want to move to Footscray area
Can i have a job as a waitress there?

A: I can't see why not.. good chance working in a casual fast food or
cheap restaurant in the area..

2. What is the requirements?

A: Preparedness to work for cash: I imagine a lot of these small independent outfits will prefer to pay cash (under the counter as so to speak..) so you might make $15~$20 an hour

3. Can i work there for 6 months?

A: If you're coming here on a tourist visa then there are probably working restrictions..
Check the Aus. Gov tourist and visa site for more info..

4. How much it cost for room in Footscray?

A: Probably $150 - $220 a week thereabouts
#Amy on Oct 03, 2016 :
Hi great site!!
Questions in my mind... Hope you can help me find out.
1. I am 23years old want to move to Footscray area
Can i have a job as a waitress there?
2. What is the requirements?
3. Can i work there for 6 months?
4. How much it cost for room in Footscray?

#Podi Malli on Sep 22, 2016 :
Hi khushal,

being a coder / software developer can be an exciting and very (financially) rewarding career and I think so often it's an entrepreneurial creative and business activity - which means it may be challenging to land a job in the field .. often it requires the person to create their own job..

But having said that.. there are still companies that need people who can write code and come up with creative solutions..

Melbourne has thousands and thousands of apartments .. there is an apartment construction boom going on so you shouldn't have any problems finding a place to rent..

(apartments are a lot cheaper than houses..)

You may have to get a job in a unrelated field to begin with.. remember to be flexible and open to opportunities..

Goo Luck..
#khushal shah on Sep 20, 2016 :
My name is khushal and I am planning to move to Melbourne, Australia with my spouse in the month of oct 2016. I hold a dependent Visa (subclass 573). I am a software developer (web development) having 4+ years of exp. Tried getting job from here in India, but no luck so far :(

and my spouse has student visa, she is CA and has 5+ experience.

My question is do i will get job in software industry ? or do i need to do some kind of odd jobs 1st ?
how can book 1 small apartment not shared near la trobe uni?

Best Regards,
#save money and get rich on Sep 15, 2016 :
Hi there, I'll try and answer the following questions..

My bills (single person in flat in south east melbourne)

electricity (every 3 months) $140 - $180
gas (every 2 months) $65 - $75
water (every 3 months) $160 - $400 depending if you have a leaky tap

Main electricity energy guzzlers

Air Conditioners and Heaters
Electric hot water systems
Electric Cookers

Main expense is from air cons and heaters

Use a fan instead of air con and you will save a lot

Don't leave the lights on when you're not in the room

limit your use of electric heaters and you will save a lot

About refrigerators, I've read it's not good to turn the power off/on regularly because
it can cause the compressor to pack up ...

Electricity, gas and water all have a daily connection charge of something like $1.10 - $1.30 each per day not including any usage .. so often a lot of the bill is just the connection charge..

So even if you use hardly anything you will still find your bill will be for a reasonably high(ish) amount because of the connection fees... (yes it's a ripoff but they all do it unfortunately)


Share your room or flat with a friend and instantly you've halved your rent.. (save more if you have 2 or 3 friends living with you..)

Rent is the biggest bill you will have .. so sharing can save you a fortune..
also with sharing you'll also save huge amounts on the electricity, gas and water charges..
#internationalstudents on Sep 12, 2016 :
I'm an international student about to be in Melb in Feb 2017. I just wanna know about the electricity and water bill here. I won't be around the house much, just at night to sleep and in the evening to study. My intention is to share a studio room with my friend so I'm hoping I can reduce the cost by that. And do you think that having a refrigerator would add a lot to the bill? And air conditioner too I'm afraid it might get too hot. If I use refrigerator (it does have to be plugged in all the time right?) and air-conditioner (3 times a week) what would be my electricity bill?
Oh and I wanna know about the water bill too, we don't have a washing machine. And don't include internet connection and gas bill because those 2 are already included in the rent
Thank you so much
#Anonymous on Sep 09, 2016 :
How is la trobe university and does its graduates gets jobs easily ?
#Aliyakhan on Sep 09, 2016 :
Please can someone guide me to live near la trobe bundoora campus ? Living there as an international student who doesn't require any luxuries like party and stuff only basic needs and what jobs can I do in my 20 hours job allowance ? I'm from Pakistan .
#three coins in the well on Sep 06, 2016 :
Here are my experiences.. (How to hack your living expenses and save money..)
I have found you can live quite cheaply but it often means you give away certain spending money activities..

If you take your own made-at-home lunch to work with you and don't smoke, don't spend tons of money at cafes and fast food restaurants then you will easily saves thousands in a year.

I work part-time in a shop and I really get to see how people waste so much money.. especially on cigarettes and soft drinks, energy drinks and other rubbish.

I take a sandwich into work and 2 chocolate digestive biscuits (from Aldi, quite delicious) and drink instant coffee that's provided where I work. Why spend $10 a day on lunch when you can spend next to nothing.. That's a saving of over $200 a month.. plus it's just as enjoyable.. and at least you know what's gone into your sandwich..

Don't buy a car unless you need it for your work... cars eat up so much money because you have annual registration, insurance, repairs/maintenance and running costs..
Just use a Myki card on public transport.. no parking or speeding fines, no petrol costs, no breaking down on the freeway.. no hassles..

My mobile phone plan was $300 for 360 days, unlimited calls in Australia, txt/sms and 2 GB data per month.. now there are even better plans with more data allowance available.

Buy your food and supplies from the top value supermarkets and grocery stores and cook for yourself..

To some questions..
Q. How long does it take to get a job?
A: You can land a job in one or two business days if you're prepared to do almost anything..
If you're fussy and want a job in a particular white color profession then it may take a weeks or months..

Q: How much is day care?
A: It's expensive (better google it..)

Q: Rent in a safe cheap suburb?
A: 1 bedroom flat $220 to $270 per week close to public transport in nice south east suburb of Melb.
(2 bed flat add extra $100 per week)

Q: Electricity/Gas/Water etc..
A: Probably all up around $120 - $180 per month depending on how much you use..
#Meghana Sathyanarayana on Sep 06, 2016 :
Hi all,
I am planning to move into Melboure early Jan-2017 along with my spouse and kid[2 years] all of us have PR. We will be moving in there without jobs. I would like to have a rough estimate on the following
1. Job - How long does it take to get one - I am into software and my spouse is in sales
2. Day care cost
3. Rent - safe, cheaper suburb preferred [since both of us will be jobless]
4. Electricity bills and other expenses
#Ryan on Sep 02, 2016 :
Things are bad at this very moment in Australia.
Getting a viable job is HARD.
Paying rent costs too much.
Bills, groceries and going out are REALLY high.
Am quite worried about how things will roll out in Australia.

People saying things are easy in Australia are either lying or having a clue. Or unless they earn more than $100k yearly.
#Tom Thumb on Aug 29, 2016 :
People can choose to live in expensive commendation like a house or choose to rent or buy a small older style flat.

People often struggle because they have a entitled attitude on what they should have .. but really, if they were to take a reality check and stop being dramatic they could start saving a lot more money and stop feeling sorry for themselves.

You can easily live in Melbourne on a modest amount if you are sensible and not crazy with your spending.

Don't waste money on buying and maintaining a car if you can get by on public transport

Stop spending money on takeaway coffees and treats when you could save a fortune by making your own lunch and drinking instant coffee.

Don't live in a big house when a small flat would be quite sufficient..

Get house/flat mates in to share the rent and bills

Stop going to the movies and pubs, clubs and restaurants .. they all eat up your cash..

Don't pay for NetFlix or cable TV.. it's all rubbish anyway... just watch your content free over your internet connection.

Use a pre paid mobile account .. pre pay for a year .. unlimited australia wide calls & text and 2-10 GB of data a month.. Unlimited mobile pre pays start around $25 per month..

Learn to cook

Go on free urban picnics and have fun in the outdoors..

Stop wasting money on silly designer clothes

You can have fun, enjoy life and save money by living on a shoestring..

It's important to save up as much money as you can and put it in the bank..
maybe look at investments .. remember the share market zigzags up and down every day..
#jan on Aug 27, 2016 :
Elias average pay $4800 to 5200 per month for just a single adult leaves them struggling because of rent etc. Rent is so high, look at for rents, RTA should give you train etc prices, search for your job level salaries, do not burn your bridges. I read $75 K as average pay before tax recently. Check the tax rates from the ATO.
#jan on Aug 27, 2016 :
Food prices given here are misleading. Organic eggs for example, Non-GMO free range can be 13$ a dozen. Same with unsprayed non gmo food. Prices quoted are for the cheapest, e.g. the shoes. Prices give a hopeful illusory picture of normal not in fact the cheapest and nastiest. Others, like the Fitness club are way too low. As Aust is over its sustainable population its standard of living is decreasing all the time as visitors add to the numbers.
1.5 bedroom unit 30 mins by tram to the CBD is $520, per week or house 570$ if you were very lucky to get a liveable one. Elicits expensive. Easy to google online rather than ask.
Re US queries, your housing is so cheap in many places as is good food and clothing. Went to an auction yesterday, 1,633,000 for a 1.5 bedroom ugly 1916 hovel. Heritage overlay so cant knock it down or visibly build up high. still a 10 minute walk and 30 mins into the city by train.
#Anonymous on Aug 19, 2016 :
From what I read, my hunch is that Melbourne could be a nice option for a couple of retirees from Univ. like us. We would love to cotinue to work if possible in our fields: Psychology/psychotherapy/hypnotherapy/Neuropsychology (licensed Clinical Psychologist in Portugal), Sociology, Criminology and Portuguese speaking literature/culture/history (of Portugal Brazil, Angola, Mozambique, etc). These are my teaching & professional fields of interest; my wifes main fileds (PhD in Mathematics Education): Mathematics teacher training,Research Methodologies (Educational Sciences and Criminology) and the like. We are Portuguese citizens, but lived, studied and taught in the US for about 10 years.
Any clue or help where to go to find suitable jobs in Melbourne? Thanks.
#YomYam on Aug 09, 2016 :
Hey Melbs.
I have an offer of moving to Melbourne as expat.
I'm married with 3 small children (1,3,6).
the offer is on 190K (before tax). If I understand correctly it'll result in ~10K NET per month.
Is it enough? considering rent, school/nursery?

#Elias on Aug 09, 2016 :
Hello people,

My wife and our 2 kids, 4 years and 11 years old, are planning to move back to Melbourne from Greece. We have been away for many years so I'd like some feedback from someone in a 4 member family living an average style of life. I'd like to know about the average cost of living around Oakleigh for a 4 member family. Say includung electricity, gas, water, internet and average food supplies. Since the average pay is about 3800 to 4200 per month (if I am correct) how much would the average cost of living be?

Thank you in advance, all info is welcome
#Hari Priya on Aug 07, 2016 :
Hi am hari priya here
I completed my post graduation in Fashion Designing but i have no work experience. After my wedding we are planing to get settled in Melbourne is there any opportunity for me to get a job or am i suppose to get a local degree to get a job.
any idea about the pay for fashion merchandiser or a Fashion stylist there.
#the magic life on Jul 14, 2016 :
Hi Sampath,

There are lot's of jobs where you can make $15 - $25 per hour cash by working in cafes, restaurants,
kitchens, cleaning offices, driving taxis and urber, at the car wash, home removalist, working on building sites, gardening, cooking, pizza and food delivery, helping in a shop, computer IT support.. the list goes on...

Remember the secret to living really cheap is to have roommates and follow some of the ideas listed in previous postings here.

Make sure you fit in enough time to study when you're working all these jobs...

Don't Gamble (because all your money will go..)
Don't Smoke (because it's around $23 a pack of cigs)
Don't drive a car (unless it's for your work... having a car and all it's costs works out over $200 a week...)
#sampath on Jul 13, 2016 :
Hey everyone!!

I am from India.Thinking of studying in Oz.I have offer letters from unis RMIT and La Trobe.I am pretty much interested in opting RMIT. But,one thing that i'm worrying in choosing RMIT is it's tution fee (too high). Do you think I can at least cover some of my tution fees along with the living expenses.How many dollars can we save working part times?? (rough figure at least please).

Thanks in advance!!
#500 Watts on Jul 08, 2016 :
Melbourne is an expensive city if you choose to live alone and have to pay for everything yourself..

Are you adaptable and flexible and not get upset over the slightest thing..

1. co-dwell with 2 or 3 others
2. rent a place walking distance to a railway station
3. don't have a landline - just use mobile and data from your mobile phone
4. don't get a car - use public transport
5. don't buy lunches and coffees ... take your lunch with you to work and drink instant coffee
6. don't smoke (very very expensive habit)
7. don't gamble (it's a mugs game)
8. learn how to cook
9. avoid pubs, clubs,bars because often trouble happens in and around these places
10. have fun and adventure and get a job
#Becky on Jun 30, 2016 :
My quesion dissapeared....
So once again in a nutshell: if I have 5+ years international experience do I have a chance to get an office job once arriving in Melbourne or first I will only get some kind of hospitality jobs because no one will take me seriously because I doN't have any austrailian experience?
#Frank on Jun 27, 2016 :
The grass is always greener on the other side. If you live anywhere in the world where it is regarded you live in one of the top 10% locations in the world (irrespective of your definition on what 'top' is), you should/could be happy where you live. But it is only normal in human nature to compare oneself with those that are better off and people always want to be in the top 1%. If you happen to live in Australia, you probably belong in the top 5% (if not 1%) in the world with respect to freedom, welfare, safety, education, etc. etc.
#Nicky Nation on Jun 25, 2016 :
Hi there,

can you please post about the lifestyle, transport and travel for people living in Melbourne..

What are the top 10 locations to live in?

How should I regard my personal safety?

Is there good variety of reasonably priced food, cafes, restaurants, takeaways available?
#Radio Paradise International on Jun 19, 2016 :
Did you know that Australia is more open than the UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand for giving it's citizens the opportunity to participate in having their own licensed private radio transmitting stations on special segments of the AM, FM and Shortwave bands.

An Individual and/or a company is eligible to apply for a license from ACMA to own and operate their own radio station transmitting "narrowcast" program content on the edges of the standard broadcast band and off-band spectrum segments.

87.6, 87.8, 88.0 mHz VHF FM 1 watt transmitter power
5055, 5045, 3210, 2368.5, 2355 kHz Shortwave (tropic bands) AM (1000 watts)
70, 77, 151, 152, 173 mHz (bands) VHF (Narrowband) FM (50 watts)
1611, 1620, 1629, 1638, 1647, 1656, 1665, 1674, 1683, 1692, 1701 kHz MF/Mediumwave AM (400 watts)

Learn more by copying and pasting the following link into your browser

Co-channel and adjacent channel separation distances apply in the allocation of radio licenses.
Rules apply to the type of on-air content that is permissible with these license categories.

These are not Commercial Radio Broadcasting Licenses, these are not Community Radio Broadcasting licenses. The licenses above are for narrowcasting - usually this means for non mainstream content such as foreign language and cultural content, religious content and content that is under represented under mainstream radio broadcasting outlets.

For example, on the MF/MW AM band 1611 - 1701 kHz the majority (not all) are either foreign language stations (Chinese, Indian, Sri Lankan, Greek, Macedonian, Filipino, Spanish, etc..) or religious.

There are a few pop and dance music stations operating..

So for people with an interest in radio broadcasting then Australia may be right up your alley.
#Peter on Jun 11, 2016 :
I'm a native of Melbourne. I have lived and worked in other countries third world, developing as well as first world. Yes Australia is in the top tier of countries in cost of living but there are factors in its favour.
If you have a job which is readily available if you are not choosy, cost of living is not a factor because wages are also comparatively high. If you wish a better lifestyle, you can get a second job easily. In Australia, even a cleaner can be wealthy if he chooses to work because wages are high. For this reason, there is greater opportunity not found in the vast majority of other 'rich' countries.
Other than owning a home, Australia as a whole is reasonable cost wise once you are mortgage free.
Unlike other developed countries, you can have dignity even on a lower income. Housing is modern and water is safe to drink from the tap. There is little violence in comparison. Yes there are those that say there is a nanny state but that's the price of a functional safe society. But hey there is also great freedom not found in other so called free countries.
Freedom to choose, freedom to criticize even the most powerful politician, freedom to work or not to work, freedom from fear of violence from idiots with guns, freedom of religion, essentially free education and health.
Yes we have a few bigots, idiots and racists but which country has none and we have a wonderful multicultural society that is generally accepting and inclusive.
You will find derogatory comments mainly from those who either did not wish to integrate or considered themselves above the majority of people or the rule of the land.
Otherwise this rich and great country welcomes all who wishes to give loyalty to her and be Australian if you live here.

#Dave... undoubtedly you are one of those less enamoured of this country but then you sound young with a decided chip on your shoulder given your experience most likely as a foreign student here. Clearly you are beset with social issues of relative self import, only gravitated towards the cheapest beer and the most unwholesome of housing conditions in the lowest income areas as would appear from your impressions. Did you consume dated food if you felt malnourished eating the local fare ? This is strange considering the average Australian height is second only to Netherlands and thus speaks as true evidence.
Ostensibly you still need tutoring in english so you may wish to trial the educational and cultural delights of England or other countries of similar ilk where they meet your spurious standards of housing and other material expectations. The world would appreciate your candour.
#Samson and Dinesh on Jun 08, 2016 :
Australia is free and open but also with a lot of regulation and things you can do and things you can't do..


Being gay and having a same sex partner is legal in Australia.

Having the right to own and run your own business is encouraged and supported in Australia.

Being able to access the Internet, buy and sell over the Internet and use media, social and economic sites are all legal in Aust.

Being able to enjoy adult entertainment is legal in Australia.

Driving cars (with a driving license) , riding motorbikes (with a motorcycle license), traveling on trains, buses, trams and in Taxi's is all ok

Going on holidays and enjoying yourself is legal and ok

Saving money, investing in stocks, property, financial vehicles is all available and ok to participate in.

Renting or buying a house/flat/apartment or any other dwelling is open and available.

Going out to cafes, restaurants, clubs, bars, food courts, shopping centers, public gardens/parks, swimming pools, golf courses, cricket pitches, soccer and footy fields, boating, bike riding, mountain hiking, beeches, discotheques, it's all available to you to enjoy..

Having friends over and having fun.. being social or being a recluse you are free to choose..

Is Australia an expensive country to live in?

It can be .. but there are ways to live cheaply without spending much money..

See some of the earlier posts on how to cut costs and live life for a small amount of money and still enjoy yourself..

The basics for cheap and fun living:

1. share a house/flat with others and split the rent and bills ...
2. eat in and take a sandwich or lunch-pack to work
3. drink instant coffee or buy $1 cappuccino from seven eleven
4. eat free meals at the Hare Krishna temple
5. eat near free meals at Lentil As Anything
6. eat very cheap meals at Om
7. use public transport and don't buy a car unless you need a car for your employment
8. Travel on trains and arrive at your destination before 7.15 am Monday to Friday
and it's free transport. (Trains only..)
9. Try to limit or avoid using heaters and air conditioners because these use up a lot of electricity and push up your utility bills..
10. Find ways to enjoy free entertainment and recreation time .. picnics, back-pack portable adventures.. take a thermos and lunch-pack with you when urban exploring..
11. If you are going to be using public transport every day then save a fortune and buy a MYKI yearly ticket.. (or monthly or 6-monthly etc..)
12. Use public libraries as your virtual office and Internet hub.

Having fun and adventure need not cost you anything other than a train ticket and some food supplies in your back-pack..

If you are wealthy then you can enjoy high-end fun and entertainment and lifestyle choices..
If you're broke or on a small budget you can still have fun and enjoy life.. be creative .. be adventurous..
#BamBoo on Jun 07, 2016 :
Australia is a country with many different shades of economy, class, lifestyle and attitudes.

Australia is both free and a nanny state

If you are going into your own business you need to familiarise yourself with GST tax and other business matters.

If you are prepared to put in the hours and apply your intelligence and effort over a period of time then through your endeavours the rewards will flow
where you can enjoy a good quality of life with a nice home in a safe neighbourhood.

Everyone needs interests and hobbies, don't wait for something to fall into your lap... get out there and discover where your passions and interests lay..

The glass is half full if you make up your mind to be positive...
#Anonymous on Jun 07, 2016 :

i am from India wants to move to aus. can any one explain about job opportunities in warehousing operation manager
#Dave on Jun 05, 2016 :
Here is reality and you should not ignore it.

In most situations, Australia is NOT a good place to move to when there are so many other major cities that will take you in. Depending where you are moving from and what lifestyle you are after, here are some basic to the point, points:

1. Housing is overpriced and of poor quality. It's embarrassing.
2. Virtually most things in Australia are of poor standard and quality compared to other comparable cities/countries
3. Generally speaking, people are narrow minded. There is no "zest" or "want" for anything good. Hence why the place is known for wearing thongs and shorts. People live in a fake pretentious world that they "think" is luxury.
4. You have zero freedom or ability to think for yourself. Everything is run by governments - they are vampires run by an English regime, who have tactfully set up every single system, molecule and EVERYTHING so that they make money from it.
5. The government doesn't give back anything.
6. High tax, low income to cost of living rations etc.
7. Don't expect to drink a real beer. It's watered down and tastes horrible.
8. When you get to retirement age, they tax your pension/super and if you own a house you will get NOTHING. It's not a retirement friendly country.
9. Everyone drives korean cars and Australian built poor quality cars - the few that drive nicer cars are in debt, or have the money to pay over inflated new car prices.
10. The fuel is of very poor quality.
11. You pay premium prices, for low quality goods such as fashion (no fashion here), anything really.
12. The produce such as chicken, pork, fruit and veg etc is of very low quality - the chicken stinks, you feel malnourished, pork smells, Bananas don't taste like Bananas - they smell of all sorts of chemicals.

Basically the whole lifestyle to me, is driven by money and finance. Careers, jobs, make money etc etc. But you get nothing back. You will feel very EMPTY due to the mentality of the people who live here, and also the lack of REAL meaningful things to do.

The Govt here just uses you so you spend on the economy and they leave you for dead once you cannot work. In turn you get poor quality everything and high prices.

The best way to sum up Australia is - BACK TO FRONT/SELF CHOSEN PRISON etc

Ignore this and you will see - unless you are ignorant and love an empty lifestyle driven by shopping like a lot of Australians are proud should explore other Countries. A lot of things are incomprehendable - until you live here yourself, you won't be able to comprehend what level (or lack of) this place operates at.

Raw truth.

Good luck
#CoCo on Jun 01, 2016 :
Sam I can't provide the answers you're needing - however I would recommend you use google and search around Australia government websites for the information you need.

Working Visa/right of abode..
If may be easier to go through a migration agent in your home country who can work their way through all the paperwork etc..

Good luck and let us know how you go...

If you want any information about rent, lifestyle, transport and anything else please feel free to post here..

#Sam on May 31, 2016 :
Hi I'm a Nursery nurse holding a diploma in childcare. I have 5+ years current experience. I'm looking to move to Australia from Malta with my son and partner but not sure what visa I would be able to get as I don't think my qualification is on the skilled list. Could I only get a sponsored visa or not even that? My partner does not have a qualification but has grown up with horses on a horses riding stables, but is willing to get any sort of job. But would I be able to bring them both with me?
#BamBoo on May 30, 2016 :
Dear friends,

Melbourne is a great city to live and work in but it can also be a dangerous place and the city itself does have some unfortunate elements..

Very visible and rough looking homeless people camping in front of offices/shops and doorways in the main streets of the city ..

Unprovoked violence, robberies and unpleasantness is a lot more common now and you have to be careful and know what to lookout for and to avoid potentially risky situations and locations.

Public transport can be incredibly packed-out and crushing... getting the morning train into the city can be a nightmare since population explosion particularly in the south east of Melbourne.

Having said that, don't be put off from making Melbourne your home, just be careful and aware of the risks and dangers and make it your habit to avoid such things.

If you have any questions please post them and I will try and answer any enquiry..
#CoCo on May 30, 2016 :
Sam there are plenty of jobs and job training in health care, aged care and child care..

Best to look up web site and navigate around for more information
#Truth or Dare on Mar 30, 2016 :
OK I read some of the latest comments and it's time for a little update on prices and costs of living in Melbourne Australia.


It can be very expensive to buy and own property.. Housing has experienced amazing price inflation over the past 10 years.. What was $300,000 is now $700,000 and what was a one million dollar property is probably closer to 3 million.

Buying residential housing (houses on land) is very expensive now..

Most personal wealth is now created simply through the price inflation of housing ..

Wages haven't changed much, there's virtually no manufacturing that's done in Australia and Australia isn't a world winner when it comes to popular electronics and communications.. There's no Apple type company in Australia, no local iTunes of any merit and very few hit movies are made here..

Either you work in a cushy corporate or government job or you struggle away as a small business owner like with a cafe, restaurant, news agency, tattslotto shop, clothes shop, or you go get a job for a small business operator.. perhaps drive taxis, trucks, vans..

Contractors, brickies, plumbers, electricians, roof tilers, gardeners, anything related to building and renovating houses is in demand..

RENT OR BUY A HOME - If you're wealthy then buy yourself a mansion.. If you're on a budget then it's probably a lot cheaper to rent... Rent what you need and that's in your budget.. Don't rent a big house when a small flat would do and be much cheaper on your pocket.

Apartments (Flats/Units) are cheaper than houses .. by a large degree .. mostly because you're not buying your own land...

One bedroom 60s/70s flat close to public transport and not too far from the city .. within 10 to 20 km of the city, $240k to $320k

A fancy recently built one bedroom apartment with same attributes would be an extra $100K to $150K on top of that price estimate.


Of course you can but you can't if you're not capable of co-habituating with others and pooling your rent..

My neighbors have 3 people in a one bedroom flat.. the rent is $250 per week which is $83 each, put four in and it's only $62.50 per person.

If you are inflexible or stubborn and want everything your own way then expect to pay for it and stop whinging about it..

Some people need a reality check and to stop playing the victim...

If you keep comparing yourself to wealthy property owners who have big houses and fancy cars then you'll feel a bit let down with your situation .. so stop worrying about how the rich live and just get on with your life and enjoy every day.. remember.. even the rich get sick and die...
#Phil on Mar 24, 2016 :
$1.3 - $3 million for a house in a safe area more like it!
There's fare more accurate info in the Sydney thread: the costs in both cities is roughly the same. These are some of the most expensive cities in the world and the idea that people can come with almost nothing and score a high paying job (when the job market is now crushingly competitive) and live a great lifestyle, may have been true in the 1970s, but that's almost half a century ago! These are very, very expensive cities, and if you don't have a high income, difficult to survive in.
#James on Mar 24, 2016 :
Most of the information here is hilariously inaccurate eg someone suggesting good apartments are available from $240K. Any such apartment would be in a slum area so far from the city you might as well live in Africa! For a half decent small apartment in a fairly safe area you will need at least double that amount and in a good area, at least triple.
#Leo on Mar 13, 2016 :
I live in Pascoe Vale, renting a nice (10 year old) two bedroom unit + garage for $290p.w. I spend for bills (Electricity, gas, water, tel, Wi-Fi) $35p.w. I also spend for food $80p.w. (cook my own meals),petrol $25p.w, misc. $55p.w
My net income is 800p.w (simple warehouse job) My net savings are 315p.w.
I can share the rent and receive $170p.w. (bills included) making thus my net savings 485p.w. ($25220p.a.)
Life is very comfortable in Melbourne.
#Mango Mango on Feb 22, 2016 :
Hi everyone, Zia asked some questions...

1- my certificate will be acceptable for them ?
Requires google search

1- is there any chance for me to get any civil engineering job over there and if i could, how much salary ?
Yes and No, you may have to work in an unrelated field for a while.
Be flexible and prepared to do something different because you can't always land the job of your dreams - could be a couple of years before you find a placement in the CE area.

Income $60K - $140K depending of it's a small private company, a Government department or large company.

2- i m very much interested to do my Master's degree as well, can i find any sponsorship company over there??
Requires google search..

Other visitors to this site may be able to provide more info..
#Zia Amini on Feb 05, 2016 :
Hi everyone, hope u all be fine and doing great..
m planning to move Melbourne for living maybe 1 or 1.5 years lttr and i m basically from Afghanistan and currently doing my Bsc.civil engineering in Lahore-pakistan, (Gov-Scholarship). i have no experience being on the field, and my CGPA is above 3.0.. so i have some questions if u guys kindly could help me, i'll be thankfull.
1- my certificate will be acceptable for them ?/
1- is there any chance for me to get any civil engineering job over there and if i could, how much salary ?
2- i m very much interested to do my Master's degree as well, can i find any sponsorship company over there??
#Mango Mango on Jan 27, 2016 :
I notice that many residential rents for flats/units/apartments are coming down and I guess it's because the supply of flats/units has risen enormously over the past couple of years especially ..

The older flats built in the 60s and 70s are where the best value for money will be and quite often in fantastic locations right near train stations and bus stops..

You have to be able to put up with neighbor noise when living in a flat.. so it's best to be adaptable to these environments..
#Vid on Dec 19, 2015 :
I am moving to Melbourne next year in spring for studies. I was looking for single studio apartments, but the rent seemed too much like minimum 200-250 per week. Please help. Are the rents really so high? won't 2k per month be sufficient to manage? I don't smoke or drink but I have monthly medical expenses.
#Mango Strawberry Smoothie on Dec 16, 2015 :
The allowance of 20 hours per week should be fairly straight froward to achieve.. Accountants and businesses require bookkeepers and there's a strong demand for such work.. particularly preparing the bookkeeping and quarterly (or Monthly) GST (Tax) returns for small businesses.

Working in shops and cafes/restaurants .. a lot of this work is off the books because many small businesses can't afford to pay the award wages and penalty rates and all that nonsense.. about the average pay for off the books work is $15 per hour cash, sometimes a bit less and sometimes a bit more... I am not advocating tax avoidance but just stating things as they are..

For those of you who don't mind getting your hands dirty or doing work that many choose not to do, there are plenty of jobs in the following areas..

Cleaning - offices, commercial premises
you will require your own car as this is typically sub-contractor type work.. but there's plenty of it around..

Dish Washing and Kitchen Hand - loads of small cafes and restaurants need staff to do this ..

Taxi, Courier, Truck, Van - driving and delivery work

House Removalist - you will need a truck and strong arms and usually someone to help you.. plenty of work..

working in shops, news agencies, cafes, restaurants, health clinics, - lot's of casual work..
#Ana on Dec 09, 2015 :
Hey! I'm moving to Melbs to study. I'll have 20 hrs per week to work. How are my chances to get an office job part time, as I have not much but good experience at UN as a project assistant, at a moderne bank in my home country as an office manager, and as an administrator at the US Embassy?
I'm pretty independent person so I don't want to load my parents too much.