I am moving to Sydney Australia on a work/holiday visa in June. I am hoping to find a studio or one bedroom apartment close to CBD without spending a fortune. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated I am hoping to start looking as soon as I get there. Would staying in a hostel for the first few weeks be a better option than finding an apartment right away? Since I am moving to Australia alone would you recomend me staying at a hostel to meet people and see if anyone else is also looking for an apartment that I could possibly look with or room with. Is Sydney safe enough to go apartment hunting alone? Would you reccomend I wait till I find a job before I get an apartment or will it make much of a difference since Sydney has great public transportation? Sorry lots of questions, I am excited for this new adventure but am also really nervous......
[Edited: 2013 Jan 30 04:09 - Jo Trouble:16935 - Moved from General to Oceania forum.]
Hello Katrina and welcome to Travelblog!
I suspect that renting a room in an apartment is going to be most affordable way of living in Sydney. Renting an apartment on your own is only going to be feasible if you are on a good wage, and the closer to the CBD you are, the more expensive it will be. For example, a studio in the CBD will be at least AUD400 per week. Try sites such as domain.com.au or realestate.com.au for places. Gumtree is also relatively popular, but it doesn't have the scope of the other two.
Due to the cost of renting in Australia generally, the vast majority of people live in a share house/apartment. I always rented an apartment on my own in Brisbane, but I was one of the few people to do so.
Might be best to stay in a hostel before you have a secure job, however, given the relatively high cost of hostels in Australia, you may be best to find a room in a share house/apartment as quickly as possible.
Should be safe to hunt around for places on your own, but it wouldn't hurt if someone was with you.
My experience is based on looking for apartments in Brisbane (Australia's third largest city) but believe that Sydney residents will confirm my impressions.
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Thank you so much for the websites I am going to get on and see what I can find. Guess I should have searched more had no idea that it was that expensive to live in the city! I am thinking I might like to stay in a hostel for a couple weeks do you have any recommendations or have you heard anything good about a couple there seem to be so many to choose from.
I've never stayed in a hostel in Australia, so I'm not the best person to ask. Though I have a very good report from a friend who stayed at the Sydney Harbour YHA in The Rocks. It has superb views from the roof, but can book out quickly.
Tourism to Australia has taken a hit in the past few years due to the high cost of living and the higher Australian dollar - thus you will find almost everything expensive. However, if you are working, then you can save enough money to support your travels or other savings goals for a while.
You should prepare yourself for the cost of food in Australia. My advice to anyone travelling to Australia is to double the cost of their food budget - it is far more expensive than the US. To get an American view (one of many) I've lifted a quote from this blog: Sunny Sydney with Dave, Denise and Rachel
, "We had a quick lunch at a nearby mall food court and soon discovered the exhorbitant cost of everything in Australia....We found that prices were more than double what we pay for things in the US."