How To Save Money As An International Student

Studying in Australia can be expensive so we’ve compiled our top 15 ways to save money as an international student.

1.    Choose where to live

Carefully consider where you would like to study. Sydney and Melbourne are among the most expensive cities, while Adelaide and Perth are cheaper major cities. It is important to weigh geography and cost of living with lifestyle and choosing the course that is right for you.

2.    Work part-time

Get a part-time job, per your visa regulations. You can work 40 hours per fortnight while school is in term and unlimited hours when school is not in term (remember though, you can’t begin work until your course has started). Using school holidays to save money is important – this is your chance to save up! Understand that December and January are typically the busiest months because of tourism and school holidays in Australia, so that’s when you’ll likely be able to get the most hours.

3.    Consider getting your RSA

In order to get a job, you may need an RSA certificate (responsible service of alcohol) or another licence, depending on the industry. RSA certificate courses costs about $120. While this is an investment, it’s a small one in the grand scheme of your wages. Having an RSA shows you are serious about working in hospitality, and with prior experience you should be able to find a position.

4.    Plan ahead for Holidays

Be smart about when you plan your own holidays and adventures. As mentioned above, certain times of year are busiest so prices are typically highest. If you can travel in the off-season, you can save money on accommodation and even tour packages.

5.    Take Public Transport

Instead of buying a car, purchase a bicycle and/or use public transport. Each city and town has its own unique layout and public transit network, so the ease with which you can get around without a car will vary.

6.    Utilise Op Shops

Instead of buying a car, purchase a bicycle and/or use public transport. Each city and town has its own unique layout and public transit network, so the ease with which you can get around without a car will vary.

7.   Support Farmer’s Markets & shop smart

Go to farmer’s markets and eat what’s in season. It’s good for your health, local economy, and the environment. Also, keep an eye out for specials at your local supermarket; when key items you use go on sale, stock up!

8.    Cook & eat leftovers

Bring your leftovers with you for lunch the day after you cook in order to avoid buying something on the go. Being mindful of how much you spend on eating out is big. You will save money by buying groceries and eating at home. Plus it’s healthier for you!

9.    Look for Cheap Nights

If you are going out to eat and/or drink, check the restaurants and bars that have specials on their quieter nights. You and your friends will have a great time whether it’s a Tuesday or a Friday!

10.   Use your student card

Use your student card wherever possible – it’s always worth asking for a student discount!

11.   Do free activities

Do free activities like going on a hike or to the beach or to botanical gardens or a park. Many beaches and parks offer free fitness stations, so you can take advantage of using those. Fresh air and fitness are a great combination!

12.   Start with a trial pass

If you are looking to join a gym or yoga studio, see if any in your area offer an introductory pass. If you are doing a free or cheap trial, make sure you time it right with your studies, ensuring you have time to actually enjoy it!

13.   Find deals

Groupon Australia, and other money-saving sites are great resources for cheap activities and services (you’ll likely want to get a haircut at some point!).

14.   Enjoy Australia’s wine

If you drink alcohol, then consider exploring wine as your beverage of choice. Liquor and beer can be a bit pricier, and with Australia’s many wine-growing microclimates, there are lots of beautiful, cheaper options.

15.   Get Apidimi’s 2% rebate

Last but not least, use Apidimi for all of your enrolment needs at no charge. When you complete your course, we will even credit you with a 2% rebate on course fees.

We hope you got some good ideas for saving money.

Remember, lots of little things add up!

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Alison Starratt

Alison Starratt

Alison is a writer and earth lover. When she isn't with pen or computer screen, you can find her near the ocean or surrounded by the tallest trees she can find.

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