Cost of living in Sydney
It is recommended you shop locally for food, fruit and vegetables etc. However close to the Institute, Paddy’s Market (open Wed to Sunday) plus Market City (open 7 days) is a 12 minute walk. There are numerous local shops in Chinatown; also there is a Woolworths next to the Institute and Asian and Thai supermarkets in Goulburn Street.
You can also visit this website for updated information of the costs in Sydney;
Here are some samples of costs in Sydney:
Gas / Electricity: Check out www.switchwise.com.au for information about gas and electricity prices. Just enter a random Sydney Australian post code like 2111, 2000 or 2138. A$15-$20 if you share accommodation.
Phone / Internet: Check out http://broadbandguide.com.au/ for a comparison of broadband plans:http://www.amaysim.com.au/?cid=gsem_E001- for a mobile phone deal without a contract.
Haircut: female- A$25.00-$100.00; male- $6.50-$30
Movie ticket: A$13.00-15.00 (student discount may apply)
Restaurant/café meal: A $8.00-$25.00
Weekly train ticket: About A$38 per week: http://www.131500.com.au/tickets/fares/fares
Taxi: 5 Minutes ride could cost A$5-10 http://www.worldtaximeter.com/sydney
Transport costs can be viewed at http://www.131500.com.au/ticketandfares/fares
Petrol: Check out www.racv.com.au for daily petrol prices in Sydney. Also: www.motormouth.com.au. Petrol prices can vary from AM to evening in Australia.
Clothes: Check out www.myer.com.au or www.target.com.au
No TV licence in Sydney though lots of advertisements on Commercial stations, ABC (no ads) and SBS which show movies, documentaries and news from many countries from all over the world.