Support for students impacted by the Sri Lankan economic crisis

The ongoing economic crisis in Sri Lanka is impacting students in a range of different ways, and the University is offering a number of supports for students during this time.

Last updated: 05.00pm, 5 August 2022

Flexibility on Semester 2, 2022 Tuition Fee payments

For Sri Lankan citizen students yet to pay their Semester 2, 2022 fees, an extension has been granted to 31 October, 2022.

If you wish to apply for this extension, please submit a Fee Extension application.

Students with outstanding fees will also receive a follow-up communication from the Fees team, confirming this advice.

Advice on the cost of living in Melbourne

A range of different government resources are available to support students and their families calculate the cost of living in Melbourne.

The Victorian Government provides some general guidance on what to include in your budget.

The Australian Government, via the Study Australia website also provides information, including average figures for the cost of living in Australia.

Key examples include:


  • Hostels and Guesthouses - $90 to $150 per week
  • Shared Rental - $95 to $215 per week
  • On campus - $110 to $280 per week
  • Homestay - $235 to $325 per week
  • Rental - $185 to $440 per week
  • Boarding schools - $11,000 to $22,000 a year

Other living expenses

  • Groceries and eating out - $140 to $280 per week
  • Gas, electricity - $10 to $20 per week
  • Phone and Internet - $15 to $30 per week
  • Public transport - $30 to $60 per week
  • Car (after purchase) - $150 to $260 per week
  • Entertainment - $80 to $150 per week

Please note: this information was revalidated during August, 2022
For more information, visit the Study Australia website.

The Australian Government’s Department of Home Affairs also provides general information on average annual living costs in Australia for student visa holders:

12-month living costs are:

  • for students or guardians - $21,041
  • for partners coming with you - $7,362
  • for a child coming with you - $3,152

Please note: this information was revalidated during August, 2022
For additional information, visit the Home Affairs website.

Tuition Fees

If you have a general query regarding your tuition fees, please see information on fees and payments.

Please note that the University is unable to waive student fees.

Financial Aid

To support students with any immediate cost of living expenses for the remainder of Semester 2, 2022 the University’s Financial Aid service is available to assist students with a one-off non-repayable emergency support grant.

Students may also be eligible for a one-off non-repayable financial hardship grant.

To find out more about these, please contact Financial Aid.

Food relief for students

The University is now offering food relief to students experiencing food insecurity.

Support in finding a job

The University offers a range of supports for students seeking employment.

Accommodation – The Off-campus Housing Network

The Off-Campus Housing Network is a free peer-to-peer information exchange platform for University of Melbourne students to find or list private accommodation located off-campus. Students can also use the Flatmates tool to find other University of Melbourne students looking for shared accommodation.

Explore the Off-Campus Housing Network.

Your health and wellbeing

Our Counselling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and Health Service staff are also available to meet with you, noting that telehealth appointments are available.

Important links:

If you are currently outside of Australia, please note that the University has partnered with Workplace Options to provide free, confidential, short-term professional counselling support to our students who are currently located outside of Australia.

Book an appointment


Students are encouraged to connect with the following student organisations:

UMSU International

UMSU International are the official representative body for all international students at the University of Melbourne