Today is another installment of ‘Travel Thursdays’. For those of you new to my blog you can read all about my tips and advice for moving to Australia by clicking here. Today I’m going to talk to you about one of the first big things I recommend organising when you move here and that is finding a place to stay. It can be seriously stressful and confusing figuring out the best places to look but I’ve outlined this all for you to make things easier!
If you plan on settling for a while in one place for a couple of months or longer I recommend that finding a place to live be your first priority. Living in a hostel will get pretty old once you start working and you will find it much easier to actually get a job if you’ve a residential address on your CV.
Renting will be the biggest money burner so you need to decide if your fussy and want somewhere more permanent to live in the hopes of settling or if you don’t really care where you rest your head as long as you’re having a good time and saving for the next destination.
I’ve lived both ways while I’ve been here in Australia. I’ve lived in a one bedroom apartment with 4 girls, I’ve lived in a two bedroom apartment with 6 people and I’ve lived in a nice one bedroom apartment in the city with my boyfriend.
Taking turns on a couch served its purpose and definitely gave us all the chance to have a good time in the cities we were in and save for the next place. Although it can be tough at times it was so worth it considering what it’s allowed me to do and see.
Now that I’m more settled with a job and steady income, sharing an apartment with my boyfriend is great too. We have a comfortable place to stay and don’t have money worries because we now are settled in good jobs and both have steady incomes.
Short Term Stays
So, if you’re looking for a more short terms stay you’ll be in need of a house share. A lot of people advertise these on Gumtree and you can also put a free advertisement on Gumtree looking for a house share too.
Other great resources are the Facebook groups for Irish in Australia. There groups are called Irish Around Oz, Irish Around Melbourne, Irish Around Sydney, Irish Around Perth and Irish Around Darwin . A lot of people place ads on here and advertise houseshares.
If you’re into sport I recommend joining a sports club. The GAA have a big community here and I know that they help people a lot with finding accommodation and jobs when they can. It’s also a great way to meet people too!
What I don’t recommend it leasing a property for 12 months and then sub-leasing it out yourself to people when you move on rather than breaking the lease. This is stressful and is a lot of work and there’s so many things that can go wrong. This is just my opinion though.
Long Term Stay:
If you’re after a long term lease than you will have lots more options. I recommend looking on Realestate.com.au. All agents advertise properties on here and listings usually change every Thursday. Keep in mind that the majority of places will be unfurnished. I recommend contacting the agent if your genuinely interested in a property to secure the viewing time. This will avoid wasting time going to view somewhere and the agent not showing up.
You’ll definitely find something if your after a lease longer than 6 months. Try not to stress. As long as you have a couple of references from previous landlords then you should get settled quickly.
If you have any questions or would like to offer advice or tips to others moving to Australia I would love to hear from you. Please comment below or share on my Facebook.