Study-related costs

When you start university, there's plenty to think about – doing well in your studies, making new friends and just generally navigating university life. The last thing you want to worry about is finances. We've brought together some of the other costs that you'll need to consider, so you can focus on the important things.

Study materials

There may be a number of costs other than tuition fees that you need to factor in when you study at university. These will depend on your personal circumstances. For example, where you live, your mode of transport, hobbies and social activities.


You may need to buy textbooks for some units, which you can buy at Deakin bookshops. A select number of textbooks are available second-hand at 65% of the recommended retail price.

Learn more about Deakin's bookshops

Course-specific costs

For some courses, like optometry and nursing, students will need to buy their own technical equipment. Your faculty can provide you with an estimate of these costs prior to enrolling.


While there are many on-campus computer rooms, you’ll need your own computer too.

Deakin students may be eligible for educational discounts offered by hardware and software retailers such as Apple or Lenovo. Check with the relevant retailer to take advantage of these deals.

Work placements

There might be some costs involved in work placements. These could include accommodation, travel and equipment.

Find out more about workplace learning

Studying abroad

Studying overseas is an enriching and rewarding way to enhance your study experience. You need to pay for some of these programs and there's an administration fee for the exchange program.

Explore our overseas study options 

Find out about OS-HELP


While at university, you may need to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). The SSAF helps pay for vital services to enhance your experience at Deakin.

Learn more about the SSAF

Use your discounts

As a student with a valid student card, you’re entitled to all sorts of discounts at retail outlets, service providers, cinemas, gyms, museums and even food outlets. Do your research and find out where the discounts are. The Victorian Government's Youth Central website is a good place to start.

Find out about discounts

Living costs for international students

If you're coming from overseas to study at Deakin, you'll want to know how to manage your money to get the most out of your time here. We can help you figure out your living costs, banking and how to make a budget.

Find out more about living costs

Getting around

Public transport

To get to Deakin, you can catch a train or bus across Melbourne, Geelong, Warrnambool and other regional areas, or hop on a tram to get to inner-city suburbs of Melbourne.

Many students will be eligible for a concession card to reduce the cost of your travel.

Find out more about Victoria's public transport system


If you're not living on campus, driving will be the most expensive option (due to parking fees), followed by public transport. Cycling, walking, or car-pooling are great alternatives. Deakin has fantastic facilities for cyclists and a free carpool matching service.

Find out more about parking at Deakin


Different accommodation options have different costs. Whether you'd like the convenience of living on campus or a share house with friends, we've got the information to help you find your new home.

Find out more about accommodation


When on campus, you'll have access to medical centres that provide free consultations for current students with a Medicare card or valid Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).

Find out about medical services at Deakin

Budget planning

There are a range of online tools that can help you manage your finances and plan a budget. The MoneySmart budget planner is a great tool that helps you build an overall picture of your money – where it’s coming from and how you’re spending it.

Create your budget


If you're on campus, there are a range of food options for different tastes, dietary requirements and budgets.

Find out about food at Deakin


It's hard to know how much money you'll need for entertainment, so try breaking it down into different types: shopping, movies, sports and so on. University isn't just about learning, it's about being social too.

Find out about shopping near Deakin

Find out about sports and gyms at Deakin

Clubs and memberships

Join a Deakin club or society to meet new friends or learn a new skill. There may be costs involved for things like equipment or travel.

Find a club or society

Deakin University Student Association (DUSA) is a community with services for all students including clubs, advocacy services, events, sporting programs, trips and short courses. Memberships start from as little as $15.

Find out more about DUSA