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Cost of living in Regional Areas

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As Australia is growing in popularity as a place to study, live and work, the population is rapidly rising in the big cities. Along with this growth comes an increase in the costs of living and strain on the public services, as has been reported by officials recently, hence the cut back on the allocation of permanent visas.

Regional areas provide respite from these overstrained and often overcrowded cities, and normally at half of the price.

Rent

Rent in Adelaide
Country house in South Australia

Like every country, there are huge disparities between rents, whether it be between inner and outer city suburbs or different areas of the country.

Big cities, and in particular Sydney and Melbourne are a big no-no, if you are looking at somewhere you can live on a budget, with rent often being more than twice as much as you would expect to pay in a regional area.

Your weekly rent can be as little as $100 in a shared property depending on how rural you go, so you will have plenty of spare money to go and explore your local area.

Top Tip – watch out for utility bills as they can sneak up on you unexpectedly and cost almost as much as your rent.

Food

Unfortunately, grocery bills are unavoidable, and quite expensive in Australia when compared to other major cities around the world. This will be the same whether you live in the city centre or an extremely isolated regional area.

Every town worth mentioning has a Coles supermarket which should allow you to keep your weekly shop pretty low – especially if you opt for a more vegetarian friendly diet.

You might even be lucky enough to have an Aldi near-by, which is extremely good value for the fresh produce it sells.

We would recommend a budget of around $50-$100 for that weekly food shop.

Travel

Little Beach in Western AustraliaLittle beach in two peoples bay located in the south west region of Western Australia

Contrary to the bigger cities, a lot of regional areas provide free bus transportation for students, which means traveling is a whole lot cheaper and in general, public transport will cost you next to nothing. This is especially true of regional areas in Northern Territory, Western Australia and South Australia.

If you have some spare cash and a driving license, buying a car in Australia is relatively pain-free and a lot cheaper than buying one in Europe or other countries in the world. Plus, petrol is a steal at around $1.50 a litre!

Owning a car means free evenings and weekends can be spent exploring the beautiful scenery and landscapes.

There are over 500 national parks so there is bound to be one nearby – take advantage! The Northern Territory has Kakadu, Litchfield, Karijini, and Kalbarri just to name a few…

Socialising

Happy friends in Regional AustraliaBeing in a more rural environment, you will find yourself opting for more outdoor social activities.

You’ll be swapping the dark bowling allies, crowded cinemas and dingy nightclubs with brisk hikes up the mountain, bike rides through the valleys and maybe even some horse riding.

All of which are cheaper, and lets admit it, a lot more fun!

So, as you can see, living in a regional area in Australia will cost you a whole lot less than choosing to live in a bit city. Not only will you develop some interesting new hobbies in the outdoors, but you will also be able to use your spare pennies to get out there and explore!

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