Cost of Living
The cost of living in Fiji varies and may be cheaper compared to developed countries. All costs in Fiji are in Fijian dollars (1 FJD = 0.50 USD).
Utility bills are paid on a monthly basis, usually after a bill is issued. Most flats and apartments require tenants to pay their own utility bills. Utility bills that need to be budgeted for are water and electricity -prices for water range between $5-10 per month, while electricity between $50- $200 per month. These bills can be paid at any MH outlets. All utilities are included in on-campus accommodation.
There are a number of supermarkets available in every town. Within the Laucala campuses vicinity, there are 2 major supermarkets: MH and Cost U Less. Both these sell a variety of foods and other items. There is also a large shopping complex just outside the university, which has dentists, doctors, pharmacy, bakery and much more! We advise students to budget for FJ $500 – $1000 for groceries per month.
The best place to get vegetable and fruits from are the Suva Saturday Markets! The market is just opposite the bus stand in town. You can buy most vegetables for $1-3 each. They are super cheap and are absolutely fresh!
This is widely available throughout Fiji and throughout the Pacific. Public transports consist of buses, taxis and mini-vans. Students are advised to refrain from using mini-vans as these are not the most reliable form of transportation in Fiji. Buses are cheap and costs $0.70 from the university to town. Traveling between main towns/cities vary between $12-20 one way. Inter-island vessels varies in cost and may range anywhere between $30 – 60 one way.