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Finding a place to live is of course an important stage when moving to Australia and will depend heavily on the location you intend to make your home. For example, the cost of living is very low in much of rural Australia however if you move to the large city centres of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Perth then living costs will rise dramatically. That being said, these locations are often where the employment opportunities are and wages are usually high to support this.

Most of the capital cities have very competitive rental markets and it will take you time to find somewhere you are happy with. It is important to bear this in mind when deciding on interim accommodation, and choose somewhere where it is possible to increase or decrease your time as necessary. If you are coming to Australia with a company already sponsoring you (Employer Nomination Scheme visa) then that business may be able to help with finding you temporary accommodation for the transition.

Shared housing is another option available to you. There are a number of websites in Australia which are useful for finding shared accommodation and we have listed a few of them below. This method can often work out far cheaper and can also help with meeting new friends straight away.

There are certain conditions which must be met when finding rental properties in Australia and each state has different government departments enforcing the rules. That being said the rule are fairly standard and cover things like presenting formal identification, such as a driving licence or passport, and providing employment details and references from previous landlords. You may also be asked to provide evidence of your financial situation such as a current bank statement. Before you commence your tenancy you will also usually be asked for a security bond and one month's rent in advance.

If you plan to buy a property than you may wish to consult with a buyer's agent who can assist with many of the stages whilst helping you to get the best deal. Additionally, if you are not a returning resident, then the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) must first make a decision on your proposed purchase, taking up to 30 days, so this must also be considered. 

Check out our useful links below and remember that the most important thing to do when finding property in a new place is to always do your research.

Useful Links

Living in Australia Blog - Guide to choosing a city

Flatmate Finders

The Real Estate Buyer's Agents Association of Australia