Living in Hobart
Living in Hobart
There’s plenty of modern Australian culture to be found in Tasmania – and Hobart is the hub of it all.
The state of Tasmania is comprised of main island “Tasmania” and over 330 surrounding islands (most of which are small and unpopulated) and it is the smallest of the Australian States. Named after Dutch explorer Abel Tasman, who made the first reported European sighting of the island, nearly half of the island is protected by nature reserves designed to protect the island’s natural habitats and environment.
Nature is an important part of Tasmanian culture and lifestyle, which is why so much of the State is protected by nature reserves.
$40-$150 per week
Hobart is famous for its fresh quality produce, including the world-class seafood and farm-fresh fruit. To take advantage of the Hobart’s excellent food options, you will want to make sure you set aside some of your budget to go out for meals.
$120-$450 per week
Hobart is quite a bit smaller than other Australian cities, so there is not very much of a difference in the cost of living in the suburbs compared to the central city area.
$25-$50 per week
Even with its widespread suburbs and natural attractions, Hobart is an easy city to get around. The central Hobart area offers a great network of public transport that allows you to walk to and from busses, ferries, and taxi locations as you explore or commute.
Cost of Living
Hobart is Australia’s southernmost capital city, located on the island of Tasmania. With an average cost of living of approximately $650 per week, Hobart is one of the more affordable cities in the country.
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.
The main shopping areas are on Elizabeth Street to the west of Hobart, Sandy Bay and the northern shopping districts of Glenorchy and Bellerive.
How to Keep Expenses Down
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. Applicants who wish to open a bank account must arrive in Australia within 12 months of opening their bank accounts.
The small city of Hobart has an endless array of outdoor nature-loving activities for both young and old to enjoy! Check out the list below, or for more information please visit Discover Tasmania’s website HERE which has information on must-see points of interest, eating and shopping locations.
More information to get you started in Hobart
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.
All residential tenancies in Tasmania are covered by standard terms which cannot be altered. It is the landlord’s obligation to put the agreement in writing.
The standard form Residential Tenancy Agreementcan be downloaded and used for free from the Tasmanian Government Department of Consumer, Building and Occupational Services.
- In Tasmania, this standard form Residential Tenancy Agreement should be used for agreements between:
- Landlord and a tenant
- Landlord and co-tenants
- Head-tenant and sub-tenants
- Click HERE for the standard Residential Tenancy Act 1997 to be used in Tasmania.
Depending on your financial situation and whether you are a student or skilled migrant, there is never a shortage of accommodation options in Hobart! Students can choose to reside within university accommodation, homestay or private rentals.
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UTILITIES (cost of)
Utilities may or may not be included in your housing option – its always best to check this out before signing any lease agreement. 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 Hobart 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