Hey, im a 24 year old girl who is heading out to Australia in Feb 2007. I have already secured a 6 month contract working in Melbourne. Which is great-but-im really worried about how I will meet people. Im not going to be doing the more typical bar work etc so im concerned I will get there and know noone (apart from a few melbourne based friends who i dont want to depend on too much)
As iv got a stable 9-5 type contract I was intending on renting somewhere to stay or going into a house share-but I dont know where to start. Is my best bet to spend my first few nights in melbourne staying in a hostel??
At the end of the 6 months I intend doing some travelling-west coast for a few weeks then a longer trip up the east coast. I guess for that itl be back into a hostel for a few days to meet people???
Anyway any advice and reassurance is muchly appreciated.
no need to worry at all, you'll have a great time in Melbourne and meet lots of people . I only moved here in February this year, without knowing many people and since then have made lots of good friends. Sure, it might be a bit different because I'm at uni but I'm convinced you'll meet nice people at your new job and it's easy to meet people at the gym, in cafes, etc.
People you meet at the hostels are usually travellers, so don't expect them staying around for too long.
Accomodation in a shared house is easy to find, especially in February when you arrive.
There are lots of cafes in Carlton, Fitzroy and Collingwood were they have great notice boards, most of the people I know found there room through Readings bookstore on Lygon St. They have new ads in their window every friday morning.
Alternatively check the uni notice boards or http://melbourne.gumtree.com.au/. Good luck and if you have anymore questions concerning Melbourne or travelling the East or West Coast I'm happy to help .
Steph's right, Melbourne is dead easy to make friends in! I arrived in January not knowing a soul and have a fab group of buddies now. I stayed at a hostel for about 6 nights so I could have time to find which area I wanted to live in. Readings on Lygon Street is where I found my unit and I would highly recommend it! You can't miss it as you will see people standing around reading the noticeboard on the side of the building all day long.
I made most of my friends through work - some on holiday visas, some not, so do not stress about it. If you can hold a conversation with someone you will be fine!
Enjoy your time in Melbourne - fab city and amazing food!! If you do end up somewhere in Carlton, Brunswick, Fitzroy then head to Thaila Thai on Lygon Street some night - it is the best Thai food I have ever tasted!!!
Thanks both for the responses. Guess I just need to stop worrying and see what happens when I get there!
Thanks for the tips on where to find housing-i have an idea where i want to be living-close to where i will be working so iv been taking a look on some websites-its so much cheaper than england.
Anyway thanks again