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An Expat Talks about Moving to Sydney, Australia

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Sydney

Name three things that you wish you had brought and three you wish you had left at home.

Since we read the postings on Sydney on this website before we came we were well armed with our Reese's Peanut Butter cups and a supply of face creams/make-up. We also left behind heavy coats and sweaters and brought good walking shoes. Thanks for that info. I wish I had brought more American Country Music, more shorts, more books. Books here are outrageously expensive unless you can find a discount store. There are a few food items we miss or that are different, but I don't think we would have brought them with us. We were very circumspect in packing for our 6 month stay, so there isn't anything we would have left behind.

What advice would you give someone preparing to move to your area about the actual move, choosing a neighborhood and finding a home?

Be aware of a few key things. One is rent is quoted weekly and while most of the time GST is included, we ran into a couple of places where it was not. The very modern apartment (1 year old) we are living in does not include heating or airconditioning. Meaning that there aren't even vents or a thermostat. You have to buy/rent a heating or airconditioning unit yourself. I wish I didn't sign a 6 month lease right off the bat, we might have changed our minds if we had the opportunity.

What type of housing do you live in? Is this typical for most expats in your area?

We live in an apartment on the fifth floor of a relatively new apartment building. Except for the traffic/city noise the apartment is very nice, a lot of amenities - pool, workout room, close to shopping, grocery, public transport, school. There are many different types of people living here, locals, students, expats.

How did you choose your neighborhood and find your home or apartment?

We had recommendations from locals, we drove around quite a bit and we looked at the Sydney Herald. It is important to decide what type of area you want to live in, Suburb, Urban etc.. Also, it's helpful to decide about transportation, parking, schools. We chose not to have a car so we decided on a more urban area with good public transportation and lots of stores, schools within walking distance. Look carefully before you decide, you should visit the neighborhood at different times of day to see what it is like. Also ask people like taxi drivers about neighborhoods, they are very well informed.

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Are your housing costs higher or lower than they were in your home country? What is the average cost of housing there?

The housing costs here are very high. We came from California where housing costs are outrageous. The cost of our 2 BR, 2 Bath apartment is just slightly lower than an equivalent apartment in our area of CA, which is north of San Francisco.

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Nov 27, 2010 07:47

I realize this is based on Sydney. Would anyone have an idea of the costs in Figtree Australia {NSW}. This is where I hope to immigrate to. I would like as much information on Figtree as I can possibly get. I would also like information on the best way to immigrate. Skilled labor is out as they do not take into consideration 25+ tears of experiance in the health care field. My age is a detriment- 57 Health- pretty good, a few aches and pains and controlled epileptic. Language- Excellent English. I could spin circles about levels 7 and 8. I am an American and had some college for secondary education in English. Associations- long distance relationship for 18+ months with a native Australian via Skype, snail mail, chat, email,telephone, and video. Need to bring- very little, my books, religious items, pictures, items with sentimental value, art supplies[ Ie- paints, easel, electric carver with blades, brushes, camera, and clothing}. The art supplies are my business. My original idea was to come to Australia as a tourist. I would, of course, be staying with my Aussie. While there I would have a monthly bills of some sort, many pictures, lots of mail mailed to us anything to make it well documented that he and I are together. After my 3 month limit leave for a bit and return for another 3 months doing exactly the same. The last time is for 6 months. By the close of that period apply for immigration status. Re-new my visa, etc and start all over again so that there is nothing close to a 3 month period of seperation for Brett and I. Does this sound like a working plan? If not why, and what would you suggest? I believe this is legal, isn't it? Thanks for any and all help that you can give.

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May 30, 2017 15:44

Do universities in or near Sydney rent rooms to people who sure not students, such as retired people?

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