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1. Posted by Rebekah23 (Budding Member 5 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Hi guys!

So I travel through Southeast Asia and then head to Sydney in march for the year. Me and my boyfriend are 23 British and looking to find work as soon as we get there! (I heard it can be a bit tricky) is this true?

Our main concern when we get there is to find a place, we would want to house/flat share with other people but would we have to go to an estate agent for that?

Please someone give some advice!

Thanks b :)

2. Posted by Enga (Budding Member 6 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

For shared accommodation, You can try Gumtree & enter the city. Real estate agents don't deal with shared accommodation.

3. Posted by Rebekah23 (Budding Member 5 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!


Thank you, I will try and search! Heard it's hard for couples!

4. Posted by Sarah.M (Budding Member 10 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

We used Gumtree as well during our travels. It worked really well for us in Perth, we called the lady up, went to see the apartment that day signed the lease that afternoon. We were a couple and didn't run into any issues there. We had the option to rent weekly or monthly.

Finding work can be tricky depending on where you are and what you want to do. My boyfriend found work as a panel beater right away but I didn't find very much when we were staying in WA in May 2015. I also didn't want to pay to transfer over my teacher credentials. I just found one sales job for a week and a half. I've heard it's easier on the east coast. In NSW we called harvest trail and were able to find some fruit picking jobs in the summer. They didn't pay very well, but it was work.

All the best!

5. Posted by Rebekah23 (Budding Member 5 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Hiya Sarah,

Thank you so much for replying! Means a lot.

We will just search on gumtree then we are looking to stay in Sydney, my partner will do some form of bar work ect and I want to try and get an office job there.

Did you apply for agencies or anything or just search online?


6. Posted by jmayb (Budding Member 9 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Hey, the past year on and off me and my boyfriend have been doing the same!

Settling down in Sydney was fairly easy if you ask me! Go to recruitment agents, Hay's is a great one as its actually a British company. You can let them know your visa status, qualifications, what you're looking for etc, I found them great, especially as they find you 6 month or 12 month contracts which is perfect for travellers. Another recruiter is Ambition, they do the same. Its so much easier going through a recruiter I think but Seek is also huge in the country with heaps of jobs available. If you're looking for more backpacker jobs like bar work or waitressing etc then Gumtree is good, or just asking around in places or hostels often have some info on it or offer you free accommodation for working in the hostel.

As for accommodation, we found a couple renting their room on Gumtree to pay for their wedding, ideal for everyone! We came, viewed and moved in and are now great friends and have continued to live with them past the 'contract' date. Until the we were using Air bnb just for somewhere to stay until we found somewhere we could move in properly. Sarah is right about agencies they aren't much help. But there is also a really good site we were also looking on when trying to find something called Flatmates. As it can be tricker for couples, on flatmates you can created a profile/search and select that you're looking for places that will only take couples, what area, how much etc.
Just FYI, by way of price, it is soooo expensive to live here compared to home, well I find it it! We pay $450 a week, all bills in, but we are down by the beach in the eastern suburbs and Bondi so its bound to be more expensive. I think the western suburbs are cheaper but I could be talking out my ass. Average if prob $350-$450 a week I have found.

Sorry to ramble on with the long post but just wanted to give you the best help I can! Hope it does help in some way and best wishes with everything!

7. Posted by Jhon Carter (Inactive 20 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

This link might help you to find affordable room for rent......

8. Posted by Rebekah23 (Budding Member 5 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Hey Bethjackson!

Oh that's great information thank you so Much for your advise. Really set me mind at ease! I think it's the job finding I'm most nervous about as after Thailand for a few months we want to find a job straight away! How long brought did it take you to find a job?

Sorry for the 21 questions haha. Just like hearing people's experiences! we was thinking about air bnb for the first week then we want to find somewhere a little long term in that week if you get me.

Would you advise that's the best place to get a place then around that area?

Thanks you :) xx

9. Posted by jmayb (Budding Member 9 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

No that's all good! Hopefully I can help make it easier for you by answering them. I was the same, so worried and anxious about getting settled and stuff.

It really depends on what your looking for and experience! I found a job in 2 weeks whereas my boyfriend took 3 or 4 weeks. If you are just looking for office work you can quite easily get an admin role or reception contract work. Me and my boyfriend both work in IT so they can be a bit more picky about skill set etc.

Yeah that's exactly what we did for accommodation. I might be bias but I love the eastern suburbs where I live like Woollahra/Edgecliff, Rose Bay and Double bay, but they can be more pricey. Also Newtown, we have friends who live there or maybe check Redfern or Surry Hills. A lot of travellers etc stay in Bondi but its a bus and train ride to the city from there. Closer down the to airport like Wolli Creek is where a couple of my friends lived and they liked it there - most places are very accessible to the city so that's the main thing. North Sydney area like Kirribilli and Milsons Point are also lovely, but like I said before can come at a cost. I work out in Chatswood at the moment and its quite a nice area out here too. I think Blacktown is quite a cheap area if you are looking to pay less. Honestly, just look at google maps I didn't know any places until I just had a look.

Do you know about Opal cards for travelling around Sydney? You'll need to get one when you arrive. It's like an Opal card for London, just tap on and off but you can use it on all buses, trains, ferries, everything! They are awesome and super cheap. You can probs get one at the airport station at the ticket window when you arrive - Sydney don't accept paper tickets anymore just FYI. Also when leaving/going to the airport on the trains and stuff there is a $13 airport fee.

If you need anything else let me know :) Its just luck of the draw in finding a place and jobs as to whats available at the time! But don't get worried about it, all falls in to place quite quickly :)

10. Posted by Rebekah23 (Budding Member 5 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Well I work in admin! So anything receptionist work to general admin or customer service work that's my experience and my boyfriend actually does social care but would like bar work mainly (heard he has to do a RSA course).

Did you just apply for jobs all online and sign up from the agencies and then they get back to you? It's just finding work near a place we wanna live. We have money to not need to work for a good month when we get there but would rather find something asap.

I think I'm just a worrier and I really want it to work out I don't wanna come back to old frosty England haha. Oh no I haven't heard of opal card?! But I have now thank you, so it's card just to get you around the city? We just want something close to the city at first whilst we working a few of my partners friends are in coggee at the moment. Maybe I will whack the old google maps out and have a browse lol.

Thanks you :) x