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Renting a flat whilst backpacking in OZ with a WHM visa?

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1. Posted by Urban08 (Budding Member 24 posts) 8y

Basically me my brother and my best friend are exploring the idea of coming to OZ in around march 09. Now i understand and was delighted to discover the working holiday visa as we intend on a fairly lengthy stay but know our money wouldnt stretch that far.

As i understand you have to be able to proove you have enough funds for the start of your trip and a ticket home but after that your free to do any kind of work for up to 6 months with any 1 employer.

Now granted we want to see alot of OZ but theooretically if we liked say sydney, if we were to all get jobs would we be able to rent accomodation? I know i could set up an Australian bank account! It just seems having a job and living out of hostels(some of which your only allowed to stay in for X amount of days) seems overly complicated!

So renting a flat....yay or nay?

Also to qualify for a 2nd year you must do at least 3 months seasonal work thats fruit picking yes? or is there more? anyone care to explain?

2. Posted by prendy98 (Full Member 78 posts) 8y

Hey Urban,

Ive been in Oz for 6 months now an loving it soo far.

Im working in Sydney at the moment, im working in the IT sector cause their is loads
of job..all 8 week contracts which I dont mind doing cause they pay good hourly rates.

Ive recently got myself an studio apartment around Kings Cross direction, its nothing complicated getting accomadation here just you have two can go thru an estate agents which I did but that means you have to rent for a mininum 6 months which suited myself.. Just make sure you get ur job first cause they will wanna make sure you can afford to pay the rent..they scoff at students im told

The other option is to use websites like Gumtree( which is a very popular online ads community that offer short term apartments...most places ask for a bond / deposit of months rent so much the same as at home.

Getting a 2 Working Holiday Visa in simple terms means you need to be under 30 yrs old and have completed 3 months seasonal work - yes fruit picking is the main area that people work in but its tough hard can also work as farmhands and just recently ive heard they are now adding construction work in Adelaide

Checkout this government website for seasonal jobs -

Hope this helps mate,

3. Posted by Urban08 (Budding Member 24 posts) 8y

Thats a great help many thanks!

4. Posted by Araluen (Respected Member 346 posts) 8y

Hi Urban, another thing about renting it is usually one month's rent in advance plus one month's bond, the bond being equal to the monthly rent. Most leases are either 6 months or 12 months, although you can occasionally find some for say 2 - 4 months. A good site for rental properties is Click on "Rent" in the top left hand corner, then on the state, in this case NSW.
Good luck have a great time in OZ.

5. Posted by Urban08 (Budding Member 24 posts) 8y

Thank you for your help, im really excited about the prospect for some serious time in OZ

6. Posted by Urban08 (Budding Member 24 posts) 8y

So if you cant find a flat or cant afford one etc etc but you can find a job, will hostels let you stay there for aslong as you want providing you can pay for the bed?

I ask because im going to the states soon and some of the hostels im staying in have a maximum of 14 nights now if thats the same in OZ then it would be pretty annoying working and constantly changing hostels etc etc

any advice?

7. Posted by trash08 (Budding Member 5 posts) 8y

hi urban!
me and my friend are doing the same so i am having a sneaky peak at your replies ;)

8. Posted by prendy98 (Full Member 78 posts) 8y

I stayed in a hostel for over 7 weeks when I first started job hunting - it was a smaller hostel (50people) with mainly overseas people that were working but still had a gr8 social scene - so they had no problem an welcomed long stayers - they offered a long stay rate of $140 a week for us where it would normally be $161

Also you have some places that I used that are a mixture of hostel / apartment - you basically get your own room in a secure building that has a bathroom & small basic kitchen & TV within the room - they charge around $250 a week and dont ask for a Bond just a $50 key deposit - so if u want away from hostel life an still lookin for ur own partment then this would be the best option

This is the hostel i stayed over 7 weeks in -

Private Single / Double / Triple Rooms -