I've been looking online and it seems the cheapest 1 bed apartments seem to be $600 a week. Is this the norm? Are there any areas in each place which are cheaper?
We really just want our own space. Doesn't need to be fancy!!
If anyone can recommend any specific places, that would be great too!!
You may have already come across this site in your online searches, but if not try http://www.gumtree.com.au. They often have reasonably priced short-term rentals advertised. Melbourne and Sydney can certainly be expensive places to find rentals, but if you look into the suburbs surrounding the CBDs you might have some luck
$600 per week for a one bedder? That's ridiculous and certainly NOT the norm.
Where are you looking, an what sort of area would you like to live in?
How long do you want a place for? If that's the cheapest you're finding I'm guessing you're looking at short-term rentals geared towards tourists - the type of places you can rent for as little as a few nights if you want to? You should be able to do way better if you're looking at regular residential rentals. Gumtree is a good recommendation - also have a look in the rentals section of realestate.com.au.
If you really find yourself having to pay that much for a short-term place, but aren't going to be there long enough to commit to a full lease, you may well find yourself saving money getting a full lease anyway and eating your bond when you move out early - the landlord/agency probably won't love you for it though.
easyroommate.com is a very nice website. Internationally recognised/used and you get pics of the place too!
I am planning on using that when I get to Oz rather than gumtree methinks.
Its the bond you have to watch as far as I am aware cos that can be super obscene if you are not careful. Apologies if I have that wrong. My sis moved into the exceedingly lush Goldsborough Apartments (Darling Harbour) in 05 and the bond was a fortune but the place they got was incredible! They crammed in a couple of extra chums (as seems to be the norm in Syd) and it worked out very reasonable in the end. And the view...lets put it this way...utterly amazing.
When I visited, we were watched the Matrix and very nerdily paused the dvd then looked for the buildings used in the film!
Craigslist Australia is also great - individuals advertise on Craigslist and the prices are excellent. The only catch is, move fast! My fiance and I ho hummed over a great place in Bondi, and by the time we had made up our minds, it was gone (and we ended up paying a fortune over the Christmas period).
Its the bond you have to watch as far as I am aware cos that can be super obscene if you are not careful. Apologies if I have that wrong.
Here in WA the bond is always one month's rent. Maybes they do it differently elsewhere.
thanks for all the replies. It seems I may have been looking at some over-expensive accomodation!! I want to be based there for about 5/6 months.
What areas do you recommend? Obviously the central areas are a bit more expensive, what are the areas that are close to the centre, but not with central prices?
In Melbourne you're likely to find reasonably priced appartments in Brunswick or Northcote. Both aren't too far away from the city centre (15 min. by tram) and are nice neighbourhoods with a good atmosphere.
I also am looking for a 2 bedroom apartment in Melbourne, but for one week only, and have found a very nice one on Gumtree for $750, but is it safe to book one that way? I'm not going till October but as hotels seem a) expensive and b) booked up already for then, I'm thinking I really ought to take this apartment. Any advice please?