Other Study Costs
Apart from tuition and university fees, there are other costs associated with studying at university. These include,
- Equipment & resources (e.g computer & text books)
Equipment and resources required to complete your course
You will need to have access to course books and a computer while you are studying. Every university has computing facilities, access to the internet and course books in their book collection. It is possible for you to use these rather than purchasing the materials yourself.
But, the reality is, there are some books which you will need access to throughout the semester and it might not always be available at the library. It is also practical to invest in a laptop. By having a portable computer, you can access free wi-fi at the university library, and free wi-fi is now widely available in many other public places.
Depending on your course, you may also be expected to supply your own lab coat, calculator or art supplies.
You can take advantage of cost saving options by purchasing second hand as well as using book swap schemes. If you are really struggling, then speak to your tutor or course convenor as they might be able to help with access to course books.
For second hand textbooks check out www.textbookexchange.com.au
Some students may choose to complete their studies at a university located too far away for them to be expected to return home each night. This may mean the cost of paying for board at their chosen campus and the additional living costs associated with living away from home.
These can include the cost of food, bills and other expenses that are not provided by the university.
If you are not living on campus, then you will need to consider how you get to and from university and the cost involved for travel. If you are a full time student, then you will be eligible for a travel concession card.
Once you make some connections at the uni, then options such as car pooling can help save on travel costs as well.