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Cost of Living in Australia

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Nov 27, 2021

Summary: What is the cost of living in Australia? Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Australia talk about the general living costs, the cost of housing and health insurance.

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Housing Costs in Australia

"Much higher housing costs here. Figure around $1000 per week. It will obviously be less if you don't need such a big place," remarked another in Melbourne.

"The housing costs here are very high. We came from California where housing costs are outrageous. The cost of our 2 BR, 2 Bath apartment is just slightly lower than an equivalent apartment in our area of CA, which is north of San Francisco," explained one expat.

"See above. Average rental cost in the area that I live in is approximately $450AU per week. (Rental costs are always quoted on a per week basis, making it a bit difficult to work out your monthly budget.)," said another person in Sydney.

"If one takes the conversion of the dollar into consideration, the costs would be similar. However, housing is beginning to skyrocket in this area. For a decent sized 3-4 bdrm house one can expect to pay $200,000," remarked another expat in Rockhampton.

"Housing is more expensive here. They vary a lot but in this area you would pay A$1400-A$1600 for a clean family home. O/w most would be rather shabby," explained one expat living in Sydney.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder of Expat Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Some of Betsy's more popular articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Italy, 12 Things to Know Before Moving to The Dominican Republic and the Living in Panama Guide. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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