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1. Posted by scopeman07 (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!


I will be moving to Perth from the US for approximately 9 months beginning 12/1 for an internship/work study. Are there any websites in Perth like to find cheap cars, apartments for rent, etc? Is there a way to open an Australian bank account while still in the US to avoid currency/transfer issues? Has anyone gotten a credit card while working in AUS? Can anyone recommend a cheap hotel in Perth/Freemantle for me to stay until I get on my feet?

Thanks for all the help. I can't believe that my visa is in hand. Now the airline tickets, hotel for a week or so until I get on my feet, rental car..


2. Posted by neirbo78 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

hi scopeman
word of advice - pack your bathers for summer - smokin hot!!
A good website for accomodation is, search under wa and rental properties. best to do that as soon as you can as with the resources boom here it may take you a while.
cheap cars - or
not sure about banks though best to hop onto a few institution websites, ie: ANZ, Westpac, CWB, NAB (dont recommend bankwest - we call them wank best over here - there fees are shocking)
dont know about cheap hotel but the Esplanade is good to stay at.
have a great move and a great time being a resident "sandgroper"

3. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1162 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Congratulations for the visa! Perth is a great city, I'm sure you'll like it. Sorry, not much help with the hostels (have been told to avoid places in Northbridge, as it's a dodgy area at night) but gumtree Perth is probably the most similar to craigslist. Good luck with the move and getting settled.


4. Posted by Borealis18 (Inactive 6 posts) 10y Star this if you like it! is very good:) im a norwegian backpacker myself and hardly know a soul here, so give a shout when you're down here:) cheers

5. Posted by jaxstar84 (Respected Member 415 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

you can look on or somthing like that, thats a place where you can find 2nd hand, everything, cars n stuff, maybe even rental properties!

northbridge isnt that dodgy at night really, if you wanna party then id stay there, since youd cut costs with taxis n stuff... there are just alot of ppl there at night, alot of drunk ppl and ppl on drugs n stuff... if something is gonna happen, its most likely gonna happen there just cos thats where all the ppl are and the ppl are drunk...

6. Posted by Carolw (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

We moved to Perth recently (for a 4 year stay) and were surprised by how many rental properties are advertised in the free newspaper every week.

If you like the night life - stay near to Perth. We are in the northern suburb and it is pretty quiet on an evening/weekend.

It's also getting very hot out here and February I think is the warmest month so bear this in mind when packing!

7. Posted by scopeman07 (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Thanks everyone for the great tips...and keep 'em coming!

72 hours until the move!