I'm Kat and looking for some information atm as I haven't got a concrete plan in mind, but pondering the idea of working abroad! I keep saying to myself 'yeh but, yeh but' and finding excuses not to do something like this! I really need to STOP that haha! I work in an unfulfilling office job and keep thinking of getting away!
Does anyone have advice about this- when you start working in Oz- where do you stay? Hostels? or rent somewhere? I know with the fruit picking jobs you can get free accommodation. But what if you have a job in an office- I'm not too sure about how you go about finding a place to stay?
I am thinking of maybe seeing some of NZ and Fiji at some point- dont know whether that would be before or after working- as i do have enough money to keep me going for a while
Thank you x
If you intend to stay in a city in Australia for a couple of months, then getting into a share house is a very common step. flatmatefinders is one of many different services that help with this, but you can also look at notice boards at a couple of bookstores and similar. Expect to pay AUD $200 per week (wow, that's gone up a lot! I paid $100/week in 2005) for your own room, depending on location and furnishings. This tends to be mostly locals renting out to other locals (but happy enough to take in a traveller) - but there's also quite a few backpacker-only share houses; hostel noticeboards tend to be a better place to learn about those. The main benefit (besides having your own room for the price of a dorm bed) is that other people are responsible for the house and the lease.
This is a very common thing in Australia, so lots and lots of options available always; but also lots of other people looking, and a quick turnover, so it might still take you a week or two to find someplace suitable.
A lot of people also stay long term in a hostel. The benefit of this is if you loose your job, or you want to leave, you have no long term commitments that you might have with a shared house and associated bills. Staying long term in a hostel you can often reduce or even eliminate your rent by doing a few hours work, cleaning up, or running the reception etc. Some hostels work better for this than others, but it's easy to change around until you find one that suits, whereas if you get in a shared house and find you can't stand some of your roomies, or the place just doesn't suit, it can be a bit more difficult to get out of it.
thanks to both of you for getting back to me with so much info! much appreciated :D x