Living in Darwin
Living in Darwin
Darwin is both modern & multicultural, featuring a population made up of people from more than 60 nationalities and 70 different ethnic backgrounds. The city is characterised by its many exciting cultural festivals and weekly food and craft markets.
Darwin is the capital of Australia’s Northern Territory and is also a gateway to the popular Kakadu National Park. The city’s popular waterfront area has several beaches and outdoor parks. Near the waterfront is the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, displaying Southeast Asian and Pacific art, plus a pearling lugger and other seafaring vessels.
It is estimated that in 2019, there were over 2000 international students enrolled to study in the Northern Territory of Australia. The top five countries represented by international student enrolments in 2015 was Nepal, India, Philippines, China and Indonesia.
Average of $73 per week
Food. This is where budgeting gets tricky. With the rise of UberEats and MenuLog in Australia, it is getting harder to save our money and cook or prepare meals at home.
Average of $175 per week
Depending on your financial situation and whether you are a student or skilled migrant, there is never a shortage of accommodation options in Darwin!
$25-$50 per week
When it comes to getting around, public transport is a good start and, in some areas, students travel cheaply or for free! All buses and timetables within the Darwin & Palmerston zones can be found by clicking HERE for the map and further details.
Cost of Living
When you move to a new city, there’s a lot to learn about your new area – including the average costs of EVERYTHING, and it can be a lot to take in if you’re not prepared.
Working in Australia
All workers in Australia have the same rights and protections at work, regardless of citizenship or visa status. Your employer must comply with Australian workplace and immigration laws, including their obligation to: pay you the right pay rate for all time worked. provide a safe workplace.
Bank Account in Australia
Foreigners migrating, studying or working in Australia can open a bank account. Those on a tourist or visitor visa can open an Australian bank account by visiting a local branch and providing your passport.
Shopping in Darwin is no great shakes as a designer shopping venue, except in terms of outback necessities, aboriginal artifacts and surf gear!
How to Keep Expenses Down
Everyone has their own personal budget, and the level of expenditure depends greatly on one’s accommodation location, quality and lifestyle. Click below for some basic, yet handy tips for students, families and young professionals.
The city of Darwin has an has no shortage of activities and adventures for absolutely everyone! Check out the list below, or for more information please visit the city of Darwin’s official website HERE which has information on must-see points of interest, eating and shopping locations.
More information to get you started in Darwin
Overseas student health cover is mandatory for your student visa when coming to Australia. Not only is it great for peace of mind, it covers doctors’ appointments, hospital costs, emergency ambulance and portions of your prescription medicine.
Use the Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) tool to check the price and book your overseas health cover today.
UTILITIES (cost of)
You can’t forget to factor in utilities. Utilities may or may not be included in your housing option. Electricity, water, gas and internet are generally split between tenants, but if you are planning on renting by yourself, this will be more costly. An average home in Darwin costs between $50 to $150 per week, however keep in mind that if you are sharing accommodation with 2 or 3 other people, the cost will greatly be reduced!
ENTERTAINMENT (cost of)
Entertainment is another expense you will want to factor in while you are in Australia. Ranging from going to the gym, watching a movie, taking a trip to any of the world-famous beaches or enjoying a comedy show. Below are a few different options you could add to your budget.
- Movies (student night): $7 to $10
- Fitness sessions: $15 to $30
- Shows (comedy, plays etc): $30 to $50