We'll be travelling to Australia in late July, specifically Sydney to start working for 4 months in order to gain extra funds for travelling. There will be 3 of us doing so, but i was just wondering how to look for somewhere to stay!? Ideally a house would be great, as 4 months in a hostel would be expensive and not exactly personal.
We only need a 2 bedroom house/apartment, and ideally furnished to a degree.. am i dreaming with the concept or is it achievable?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated :)
It really depends on your budget, generally, the closer you move to the city, the more expensive it gets. I live about 15kms from the CBD and rent in a fairly small 3 bedroom apartment is $720 a week, unfurnished, not including bills. If you go to somewhere like Auburn (not the nicest of places but theres worse) around $450-500 a week for a 2 bedroom apartment. CBD, you're probably looking at around $600 or so a week for a furnished small 2 bedroom. However, most places are looking for a 12 month lease. almost 5 years ago
You could also consider the option of long term stays in a hostel/guest house like http://www.alfredpark.com.au/ which is near the City and offers Twin rooms or 4 bed rooms with own bathrooms. I'm sure you could cut a deal on the rates for stays of several months.
As Connor says above, it's generally cheaper further out of town - but make sure you check out the cost of trains/buses!!. A weekly bus ticket can cost about $50 (see: http://www.131500.com.au/tickets/fares/fares), not to mention the occaisonal cab-fare when you're out late. You could probably walk everywhere if you were close to the CBD.
A standard lease here in Oz is 12 months and you must pay a bond up front which is equivalent to 4 weeks rent - these don't make it easy for travellers who are trying to earn/save money. Not to mention that most rental houses in Oz are unfurnished. Also, it'll be hard to convince an agent to rent to you without any proof of an income.
Good luck! almost 5 years ago
best you check out share accommodation on places like gumtree. there's plenty of short term rentals in established furnished houses renting out rooms, sometimes with a bed/mattress. you may not get a place all together, but it will be clean affordable and a ore enjoyable stay. you'll also make new friends! the innerwest (glebe, newtown) and eastern suburbs (bondi!) have plenty of long term travellers who have leases already and need to rent out a room. this means you will be living with people who understand your situation and can guide you. almost 5 years ago