Residential costs option
An option for students to help pay residential costs while living away from home to study.
The ABSTUDY residential costs option can help you manage the costs of living away from home to study.
If you're eligible and choose this option, we’ll pay your educational institution or hostel directly for certain costs.
Costs can cover any of these:
- meals, if provided
- laundry charges
- other compulsory fees.
Costs don't cover rental bonds or other types of refundable fees.
While we’re paying your residential costs, we’ll reduce your ABSTUDY Living Allowance or not pay your ABSTUDY Pensioner Education Supplement.
When there are no residential costs, like during study breaks, you’ll get your payment as you normally would.
You may be able to access the residential costs option if you’re a tertiary student.
You can’t access the residential costs option if you get certain scholarships or are an Australian Apprentice.
Before applying for the Residential Costs Option, you should compare costs, whether it works out better to apply or not.
Page last updated: 14 January 2021
This information was printed 10 September 2021 from https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/abstudy-living-allowance/how-manage-your-allowance/residential-costs-option. It may not include all of the relevant information on this topic. Please consider any relevant site notices at https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/site-notices when using this material.