Additional costs to consider
In addition to your program fees, you’ll want to budget for a few other costs before commencing university. After all, Bond is a busy, bustling place with lots to do – and chances are, you’ll want to make the absolute most of it!
From accommodation and meals to any additional costs associated with your program of choice, we’ve broken down all the things you might like to consider budgeting for ahead of joining us at Bond University.
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If you plan on living out of home during university, budgeting for your accommodation can inform where you stay. We offer affordable on-campus student housing that presents a great option if you’re looking to make new friends and live close to your classes.
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If you’d prefer to live independently, rent costs will vary, but sharing with housemates is a popular and affordable option.
Meals and living allowance
As well as accommodation costs, you’ll need to budget for your meals and groceries. If you live on campus, you’ll be required to purchase a dining plan, which then means you can buy food and beverages at any of our delicious on-campus outlets.
Other costs to consider include fuel, public transport, renting costs (e.g., electricity, gas and internet), and laundry expenses. If you live in on-campus accommodation, your fees cover internet, electricity, water, laundry services, and cleaning.
Your actual costs will also vary greatly depending on your personal choices, but this table will give you a general idea of living costs on the Gold Coast.
Item Off campus (shared) Off campus (individually) On campus (catered) Homestay / boarding Rent and utilities $170 - $270 $320+ $260 - $355 $270 Electricity, gas and water $20 $20 Included Included Groceries $75 $75 Included Included Eating out $40 - $60 Phone and internet $10 - $20. Note that there is free Wi-Fi on campus. Parking and transport Parking on the Bond University campus is free for students. Most students live within a 1km walking distance to the main campus, meaning that transport costs vary depending on the mode of transport. Budget $10 - $20. Other: photocopying, stationery, sport, etc. $25 - $50 Weekly total $350 - $515 $500+ $345 - $505 $365 Annual total $18,200 - $26,780 $26,000+ $17,940 - $26,260 $18,460 - $21,840
Books and study materials
The cost of textbooks, stationery, software and other learning resources tends to amount to around $300 per semester, an expense that’s similar to most other Australian universities. We have a large and comprehensive on-campus library, as well as a number of study spaces equipped with computers, so you may choose to utilise these resources to offset your expenses.
Clubs and activities
Participating in on-campus activities is a must-do part of university life, whether you choose to take up a sport or join one of our diverse clubs. There are also other student life-related expenses associated with going to uni, like student advocacy and legal services, employment and career advice, and orientation activities. If you are a domestic student, all of these costs will be covered by the Student Services and Amenities Fee, which can be paid up-front or deferred using an SA-HELP loan. If you are an international student, you will need to budget for on-campus activities.
Depending on your choice of program and your faculty, there may be additional associated expenses to consider before you commence your studies at Bond. These may include, but are not limited to, uniforms, safety equipment, clinical placements, excursions, immunisations and more. Select your faculty from the list below to learn more about the program-specific costs for each study area.