Photography Studies College - Melbourne, Victoria


Living in Australia

What does it cost?

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship has financial requirements that prospective students and their family must meet in order to receive a student visa as follows:

AU$18,610 a year for the main student
AU$6,515 a year for the student's partner
AU$3,720 a year for the student's first child
AU$2,790 a year for every other child
All costs are per year in Australian dollars.


Working While You Study

If your student visa was granted after 26 April 2008, you and your dependant family members will automatically have received Permission to Work with your visa. If you have been granted Permission to Work, there are restrictions on the number of hours you can work. For more information visit the DIAC (Department of Immigration and Citizenship) website at



Melbourne offers a high standard of accommodation to suit a range of budgets and needs. PSC will gladly assist students to find suitable accommodation. The college is located in an area which offers an enormous range of apartment style living - much of which is rental accommodation. While we cannot enter into agreements with real estate agents or householders on your behalf, we can certainly help you to sort out your options and get established. As a general guide you can expect to pay the following for accommodation:

Following is a general guide to accommodation costs:

  • Temporary Accommodation - AU$100 to AU$200/night
  • Hostels and Guest Houses - AU$140 to AU$200/week
  • Homestay – AU$190 to AU$250/week
  • Share Accommodation - AU$100 to AU$200/week
  • Rental Accommodation - AU$250 to AU500/week
  • Other Living Expenses
  • Groceries and eating out – $80 to $200 per week
  • Gas, electricity – $60 to $100 per week
  • Phone and Internet – $20 to $50 per week
  • Public transport – $10 to $50 per week

  • Car (after purchase) – $150 to $250 per week
  • Entertainment – $50 to $100 per week


Living in Melbourne

Melbourne is the second largest city in Australia and the capital of the southern state of Victoria. It features amongst the world's most liveable cities for its safe environment and well­developed infrastructure. It is an easy city to explore on foot or bicycle and has an accessible public transport system. A large number of international students live in Melbourne, which has close to 4 million residents from over 140 nations and about 150 different languages are spoken in Victoria. Find more information about Victoria's cities, events, travel destinations and studying in Australia at or


Arts, Culture and Lifestyle

Melbourne has a worldwide reputation as an exciting centre for the arts and photographic education. There is always something to do or see – which makes for many photo opportunities. Festival goers, sports fans, foodies, lovers of fashion, theatregoers, art lovers (photographers!) will enjoy the wide variety of restaurants, cafes, laneways and great shops. PSC's great location provides the opportunity to balance study with easy access to a vibrant arts and recreation precinct.

See the PSC blog for regular updates on what's happening in the photographic community and visit for details of upcoming events


Getting Around

Melbourne has an extensive public transport system of trams, trains and bus services. From Melbourne's central railway station - the Flinders Street Railway Station - it is only a 5 minute walk to PSC. There are also many cycling paths and dedicated road lanes, making cycling another popular means of transport for a number of our students.


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Photography Studies College

65 City Road
Southbank VIC 3006
Australia: 03 9682 3191
International: 61 3 9682 3191

Courses recognised by the Australian Institute of Professional Photography Photography
Studies College (Melbourne) is a division of Photography Holdings Pty. Ltd
ACN 005 525 306 | ABN 58 860 041 097 | CRICOS Provider no: 00257G | TEQSA Provider no: PRV12200 | RTO Code: 0111