Finding a Cheap University in Sydney

If you are a domestic student it may be easier to find a cheap university in Sydney than you think. Being a domestic student (This means an Australian citizen, a New Zealand citizen, or an Australian permanent resident) means that you can have access to a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP).

What is a Commonwealth Supported Place?

A CSP means that the Australian Government pays a contribution towards all of your fees and you pay the rest as a student contribution. This is great news for you, if you are looking for a cheap university in Australia.

What Universities have CSPs?

If you apply at the University of Technology Sydney you will be automatically applied for a CPS if you are eligible. There are some conditions, like remaining in Australia for periods of study, but ultimately it makes studying in Sydney a lot more affordable.

Will it really help me find a cheap university in Sydney?

In short, yes! The list below shows the rough prices of academic fees for a full-fee paying domestic undergraduate student for universities located in Sydney

University of Western Sydney
Bachelor of Arts – $19,400

Macquaire University
Bachelor of Arts – $22,747

University of NSW
Bachelor or Arts – $33,000

University of Sydney
Bachelor of Arts – $22,456

These universities do offer Commonwealth Supported Places however unlike the University of Technology Sydney all applications are not for a CSP.

University of Technology Sydney
Bachelor of Arts Commonwealth Supported Place – $17,604

Although there may never be a ridiculously cheap university in Sydney; successfully enrolling in a CSP in the University of Sydney will be the most cost-effective option to obtaining your degree.

  • val yenko

    I didn’t even know about that. The CSP is going to enable me to go to a better school closer to home. I was originally looking for a school that I could afford and I would just have to relocate and find a new job but by being close to home, I can keep my job.

  • Sydney is an expensive place to study but the experience is well worth it! By doing your research, you will be able to find a good university that’s not going to break the bank. is not a credit provider and does not act as a intermediary between any credit providers. This website does not provide Financial Product Advice or deal in the sale of any financial product. If you require this service it is recommended to seek the help of a professional. You should consider your own specific circumstances before making any Financial decision.