Living in Australia – ECA College of Heath Sciences – CHS

Living in Australia

Important information for international students
arriving in Australia for the first time.

  • College Location

    The CHS campus is situated in Sydney’s new business and education hub Parramatta. Parramatta is a wonderfully eclectic mix of cultures, people and past times. You will never be short of places to explore and things to do in Sydney and Parramatta. Sydney is the financial capital of Australia with the Australian Stock Exchange located just a train ride away from the campus along with many of Australia’s largest business district. Our Parramatta campus is conveniently located in Central Business District (CBD) on Fitzwilliam Street. We are very well connected by the bus, train and light rail.

  • Living in Sydney

    For information on studying and living in Australia, please visit Study in Australia. This comprehensive site includes everything you need to know about living in Sydney or other cities in Australia, including accommodation, working, health, transport, as well as fantastic information about Australia’s states and regions.

    The Australian Government Department of Home Affairs provides useful information on Student Visa. Upon arrival you should have a minimum of AUD$2,500, in addition to the monthly average, to cover the initial cost of a laptop computer and establishment expenses, such as rental bond payment and basic furniture items.

  • Working on a Student Visa

    Immigration regulations in Australia allow you to work up to 40 hours per fortnight on a casual basis during course time, and full-time during vacation periods. Family members can also work up to 40 hours per fortnight throughout the year

  • Cost of Living

    Immigration regulations in Australia allow you to work up to 40 hours per fortnight on a casual basis during course time, and full-time during vacation periods. Family members can also work up to 40 hours per fortnight throughout the year. An Australian Government survey showed that in terms of total expenses, living in Australia was comparable to the USA and the UK. Living costs too will vary by location, and of course by your lifestyle. Here is a quick guide of the cost of living in Sydney:

    Shared Accommodation AU$ 120 – AU$ 500 per week
    Bread AU$ 2.40
    Litre of Milk AU$ 2.00
    Dozen Eggs AU$ 5.00
    Instant Noodles AU$ 2.00
    BBQ Chicken AU$ 8.00-AU$ 12.00
    1 Kg of rice AU$ 2.50
    Haircut: Male AU$ 10.00- AU$ 40.00
    Haircut: Female AU$ 20.00 – AU$ 100.00
    Movie Ticket AU$ 15.00 student discount apply
    Restaurant/Cafe Meal AU$ 8.00 – AU$ 25.00
    Public Transport (weekly) AU$ 25.00 – AU$ 41.00 depending on the distance travelled
    Newspaper AU$ 2.70