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Work/Flat Share in Sydney - a good idea?

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1. Posted by k8iejo1983 (Budding Member 49 posts) 11y

Hi there!

I am planning to spend 10 months in Oz from March '06. My plan is to spend my first 3 months in Sydney working/settling in.

I'm just wondering about money/living. I would like to flat share during most of that time and I've been checking out http://www.domain.com.au for costs. It seems I can get a fairly nice place in a central location for around $140 per week. The average hourly rate for temporary/casual work, ie. an admin position that I have seen is around $18. If you work a 40 hour week, that's $720 before tax. But even after tax, minus you're weekly rent and any bills, it still seems like you can live quite comfortably.

I will hopefully be arriving in Oz with a reasonable amount of money behind me (around £4,000/£5,000). But as I have 2 weeks in Thailand first followed by 10 months in Australia and then 2 months coming home, I realise this will run out unless I work to support myself.

Has anybody got first hand experience of this kind of arrangement that can offer me any advice or guidance please?

  • Kate*
2. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 11y

I would have thought that admin. work would have paid a bit more; perhaps $20 - $22 per hour; not that I really know.

As for working on an hourly basis, just keep in mind that when you don't work (holiday, public holiday, sick, etc) you don't get paid.

The job market is very good at the moment, so research thoroughly and don't accept anything less than you think you're worth.

As for areas to live, anywhere close to the city would be handy (Glebe, Newtown, Paddingotn, Darlinghurst, Bondi and thereabouts).

Most of the large recruitment firms are represented in Australia.

3. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 11y

Hey thats what i'll be looking into, flat sharing. I have no idea of costs. Not sure whether to stay in hostels for a couple of months! Decisions, decisions!!

4. Posted by k8iejo1983 (Budding Member 49 posts) 11y

Quoting lil j

Hey thats what i'll be looking into, flat sharing. I have no idea of costs. Not sure whether to stay in hostels for a couple of months! Decisions, decisions!!

Yeah, I know what you mean! I was initially just going to stay in a hostel for a week while I get my whereabouts and find a job etc. Although, I can see myself in a hostel for longer than that to be honest (although they are very good value for money IMO). Then again, maybe finding a job/flatshare will be easier than i expect - I suppose it's impossible to say exactly what I'll be doing at this point!

Glad to hear that the job market is strong anyway!

Kate

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6. Posted by Punkii (Budding Member 8 posts) 11y

http://www.gumtree.com.au

This website lists rooms/apartments available for rent. Might give you an idea of what you can expect to pay.