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Moving to Australia

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Nov 27, 2021

Summary: Moving to Australia? Expats talk about what you need to know before moving to Australia.

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What do I need to know before moving to Australia?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Australia, they said:

"Look for an area convenient for your work and lifestyle. In Melbourne there's lots to choose from on both sides of the Yarra," remarked another expat in Melbourne, Australia.

"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," said another expat in Sydney.

"Do a bit of research on the web, and read about other people's experiences. There are quite a few things that are quite different to the US and will take some getting used to," remarked another expat who made the move to Sydney.

"My advice would be more based on a comparision of what they are used to with what it is like here. For example, for me it was EXTREMEM CULTURE SHOCK. I was living in Detroit, very cold most of the time, lots of shopping, entertainment, sporting events etc. I moved to a place where it is "HOT" most of the year, minimal shopping - entertainment-sporting events etc. Not to mention that I did not understand one word when I arrived. I would give advice on the type of clothing neeced, bedding, housing styles, furniture, cost of living is considerably higher than Detroit etc.," explained one expat living in Rockhampton, Australia.

"Look around a lot before you rent because the market is not very efficient. Most landlords are unwilling to make any improvements unless it is at the very high end of the market," said another expat in Sydney.

"Take at least 2 months to find a place and be prepared to see quite a bit of junk," added another expat who made the move to Melbourne.

How do I find a place to live in Australia?

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder of Expat Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Some of Betsy's more popular articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Italy, 12 Things to Know Before Moving to The Dominican Republic and the Living in Panama Guide. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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