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What To Expect If You’re Moving To Sydney Australia ?

Are you thinking of moving to Sydney, Australia? If so, you should know a few things before making a move. This blog post will list some of the things you can expect if you relocate to Sydney. Keep in mind that everyone's experience may be different, but these are some of the most common things people encounter when they move to Sydney.

If you're moving to Sydney, Australia, there are a few things you should know before you go. First of all, Sydney is a huge city with over 4 million people. It's also the capital of New South Wales and the most populous city in Australia.

Expect to find plenty of things to do in Sydney – from beaches and parks to restaurants and nightlife. Additionally, Sydney is quite expensive compared to other cities in Australia, so be prepared to adjust your budget accordingly. In this blog post, we'll give you an overview of what life is like in Sydney and provide some tips for making the transition smoother.

Are you thinking of moving to Sydney, Australia? If so, you should know a few things before making a move. This helpful article will outline some of the key aspects to consider when relocating to Sydney. So whether you're planning on moving soon or just curious about what life is like in Sydney, read on for some valuable insights!

For example, Sydney is a huge city with over 4 million people. It can be overwhelming if you're not used to big cities. Additionally, Sydney is famous for its beaches and warm weather.

So if you're used to cold winters, be prepared for some major culture shock! Finally, the cost of living in Sydney is relatively high compared to other cities in Australia. But don't let that deter you – Sydney is worth exploring! Just make sure you do your research before making a move.

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This vibrant city is full of culture and energy, but it can also be expensive. Here are some tips on what to expect if you're moving to Sydney. First, make sure you have a good understanding of the cost of living in Sydney.

There's no getting around it - groceries, transportation, and housing are all more expensive here than in other parts of the world. But don't let that discourage you! Sydney is well worth the investment. Just be prepared to budget your money wisely. In addition, make sure you're familiar with the city's public transportation system.

For many people, the allure of Sydney, Australia, is too hard to resist. The beaches, the food, and of course the weather are just some of the things that make Sydney so special. So if you're thinking of making a move, here's what you can expect. First off, it's important to note that Sydneysiders are famously friendly and welcoming.

So you're sure to feel at home in no time. The city is also extremely diverse, with many cultures and cuisines represented. So whether you're into street food or fine dining, there's something for everyone in Sydney. As for the weather, expect hot summers and mild winters – perfect for enjoying everything.

Are you considering a move to Sydney, Australia? If so, there are some things you should know before packing your bags. First, while Sydney is a beautiful city with plenty to offer, it can also be quite expensive. Housing costs are high, and the cost of living, in general, is higher than in other parts of the country.

However, if you're prepared for the added expense, Sydney is a great place to live. There is plenty of job opportunities, excellent schools and hospitals, and stunning natural scenery. So if you're thinking about making a move Down Under, read on for more information on what to expect in Sydney.

If you're moving to Sydney, Australia, there are a few things you should know in advance. First, the city is huge, with over 4 million people, so it can be daunting to try and figure out where to live and what to do.

This blog post will give you an idea of what to expect when moving to Sydney. First, we'll talk about the different neighbourhoods in the city, and then we'll discuss some of the things you can do for fun. Finally, we'll give you some advice on how to find a place to live in Sydney.

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Cost of Living in Sydney

The cost of living in Sydney is quite high, largely due to rental prices. Rent will generally cost you more than AU$250 per week, depending on what you're after. This is why many young people on working holiday visas live long-term in hostels in Sydney.

If you want a private studio, you’re looking at $400 per week minimum, and if you’re after a room in a share-house, it might be closer to $230 per week minimum.

Utilities and internet are never included in rental prices, so that's always an additional $300 per quarter if you're frugal. On the other hand, breakfast or lunch at a café is usually more than $15, and 1kg of potatoes is around $4.

Sydney Housing Costs

Whether you are renting or buying, property prices in Sydney are high. In fact, in January 2017, Demographia announced that Sydney had the second most unaffordable major city housing in the world. Of course, prices vary from area to area, but the figures below will give you an indication of what's available at what price.

1. Monthly Rental Prices in Sydney

  • 1 bedroom flat (apartment) in City Centre: A$2000+
  • 1 bedroom flat outside the City Centre: A$1386+
  • 3 bedroom flat in City Centre: A$3600+
  • 3 bedroom flat outside the City Centre: A$2050+

2. Sydney Home Purchase Prices

  • Price per square metre (10.7 square feet) to buy in City Centre: A$13,382.89
  • Price per square metre (10.7 square feet) to buy outside City: A$8,800.81

3. Sydney Housing Cost Comparison

This is how rents in Sydney compare with other cities around the globe.

  • London is 13.04% more expensive
  • New York is 32.81% more expensive
  • Los Angeles is 4.68% more expensive
  • Toronto is 38.06% cheaper
  • Paris is 33.58% cheaper
  • Dubai is 10.93% more expensive

4. How to Save on Housing Costs

  • Share a flat or house. There's a large selection of flat and house shares in Sydney. Try and arrive out of the summer season (November to March) to get the best choice. With a house share, you will have your room, or, for a cheaper option, you can share a room.

The bathroom/s will be shared with other people in the house.   Most people find that Domain is the best place to find rentals, but Flatmates, Gumtree, Craigslist and Locanto.

  • Different areas – different prices. Like all cities, Sydney has its expensive and cheaper areas. Sydney has six universities and many other tertiary institutions, so it is full of local and international students.

This means that areas, such as the CBD (Chippendale, Darlinghurst, Redfern etc.) are full of apartments of every description. So Surry Hills is ideal and only 10 minutes from the CBD if you like living near the nightlife.

Generally, the north of Sydney has the most affluent suburbs, such as Manly, Mosman, Balmoral and the Lower North Shore. The Eastern Suburbs, including Bondi Beach, have a holiday feel to them, but that doesn't come cheap.

Best Areas For Cheap Property

Sydney property prices have increased roughly 5.8% year on year and show no signs of slowing down. As with any city, the further you stray from the city centre, the more affordable the house prices become.

We've focused on areas within a 10-20km radius of the city centre to ensure you still get that inner-city magic. If you're happy to live further out of the city, you might be able to find even cheaper options.

1. Arncliffe

Located right next to Sydney's airport, roughly 10km from the capital's Central Business District (CBD), Arncliffe is a residential suburb with some of the lowest house prices in the city. But what prices can you expect?

The average price for a house in Arncliffe is AUD$1,230,000 (– a figure that's grown by 18.3% in the past year, so get it while you can – while an apartment will cost you an average of AUD$670,000. If you’re not ready to buy just yet, you can rent somewhere for an average of AUD$610 per week.

Although you won't find an endless list of food venues or eclectic nightlife, you'll only be about 20 minutes away from the CBD by train.

2. Croydon Park

Slightly further west, you’ll find Croydon Park – another quaint, homely neighbourhood with lots of green space and a tight-knit community. On average, a house here will cost you AUD$1,248,000, while an apartment will cost you AUD$620,000.

Not ready to commit to a house just yet? You can always rent a house for around AUD$615 a week.

Like Arncliffe, Croydon Park won't give you the same buzz as the city centre, but it'll only take about 21 minutes to get there by train.

Sydney Food, Grocery and Restaurant Costs

Sydney is renowned for its excellent restaurants.

  • Inexpensive Restaurant: A$13.00 – A$23.00
  • Takeout Coffee:  A$3.50 – A$4.50
  • Bottle of Coke:  A$2.04 –  A$4.00
  • 1L of milk:  A$1.00 – A$2.80
  • Loaf of Bread:  A$1.50 – A$4.00
  • 12 Eggs:  A$3.00 – A$6.50
  • 1kg Chicken:  A$8.00 – A$15.00
  • 1kg Beef:  A$10.00 – A$22.05
  • 1kg Apples: A$3.00 – A$5.00
  • 1kg White Rice: A$1.50 – A$4.00

This is how restaurants and food prices compare with other major cities globally.

  • New York restaurants are 30.26% more expensive, and groceries are 22.77% more expensive than Sydney.
  • Los Angeles restaurants are 9.94% more expensive, and groceries are 1.31% cheaper than Sydney.
  • London restaurants are 25.83% more expensive, and groceries are 21.29% cheaper than Sydney.
  • Toronto restaurants are 13.50% cheaper, and groceries are 23.21% cheaper than Sydney.
  • Paris restaurants are 11.48% more expensive, and groceries are 3.71% cheaper than Sydney.
  • Dubai restaurants are 13.58% cheaper, and groceries are 25.29% cheaper than Sydney.

Bonus Tips for Cheaper Food, Restaurants and Groceries

On a positive note, some good health shops around the city sell organic and whole foods for the ever-increasing vegetarian and vegan population.

Some good independent old fashioned grocers sell excellent, if expensive, produce. Also, enjoy the farmers' markets which only open at the weekends, such as Carriageworks in Redfern and Waterloo and EQ Village Market, which is just 10 minutes from the CBD.

  • Find Cheap Eats: Timeout, Good Food, The Urban List and Dimmi all have their guides to cheap eats in Sydney, including everything from Chinese to raw food.

Sydney Alcohol Costs

Sydney knows how to party. There are bars and clubs to suit everyone's taste and pocket.

  • Pint (0.6L) domestic beer at a restaurant/pub: A$6.00 – A$9.00
  • Bottle of imported beer at a A$7.00 – A$9.00
  • Pint (0.6L) domestic beer at a supermarket: A$4.00 – A$8.00
  • Bottle of imported beer at a supermarket: A$3.50 – A$8.00
  • Mid-range bottle of wine at a supermarket: A$12 – A$22.50

How to drink for less in Sydney

  • Keep an eye on the local papers and websites for specials.
  • There are many pubs, bars and clubs that offer specials every day. Have a look at the following sites to find one which takes your fancy – Business Insider, Sydney Happy Hour, Yelp, Where to Tonight? And Timeout.
  • Scour the areas around the universities to find the best alcohol deals.

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Sydney Transportation Fares

Sydney's transportation system consists of buses, trains, light rail and ferries. Payment for public transport was simplified in 2016 by introducing the Opal card, which covers payment for all forms of transport around Sydney.

Here are some example ticket costs.

  • Adult Single – A$4
  • One day ticket for all transport – A$35
  • Monthly season ticket for bus, light rail, ferry and train – A$160
  • 48-hour ticket for all transport – A$56

How to save money on public transport

  • Buy a family 48-hour ticket – 2 adults and 4 children – A$128
  • Buy a Network Daytripper and travel after 09.30 for $6.60
  • Buy a bike. There are cycle lanes in Sydney, and more are being introduced, but cycling during rush hour is not recommended as the buses rule the road.
  • Walking around Sydney is a pleasure.

While there are a lot of buses and trains in Sydney that will get you from A to B, public transport still has a long way to go. It’s not unheard of for trains to break down due to ‘mechanical failure’ or a broken signal box, and buses are often very late and unreliable because Sydney traffic is a nightmare.

Taxi and Uber services are widely available in the city, but again, the traffic is a problem – I recommend using the trains where possible.

There's a new tram service (or 'light rail', as they're calling it…) that has been in operation since 2019, but the roadworks for that are causing more traffic delays in the short term.

Breakfast spots in Sydney

If there's one thing Australia does well, it's breakfast – it's an extravagant affair. Delicacies and flavours are taken from all over the world and united on your plate, and because we're a bit pretentious about it, what you get greatly depends on what's in vogue. In 2015/16, it was dukkha, labneh,  cronuts, and supersonic milkshakes with doughnuts stuck to them, but it could change at any time.

One thing you'll almost always see is 'Smashed Avo', which is avocado stacked on toast, with varying degrees of fanciness, depending on the café you're visiting. Breakfast in cities is usually more decadent (check out some reviews if you're interested), but you can get good ones in country towns as well.

Best Areas For Green Space

1. Waverly

Waverly is nestled between Bronte Beach – practically down the road from the world-famous Bondi Beach – and Centennial Park. Although this area is fairly close to Sydney's CBD, there are plenty of nature spots to explore.

Bordered by beautiful gardens, Centennial Park is perfect for anyone trying to connect with nature in the middle of the hustle and bustle. Although it started as a swampland, the park is now one of Sydney's largest, finest,  most popular outdoor spaces – and it's a mere four kilometres from the city centre.

2. Terrey Hills

Terrey Hills is perfect for anyone wanting to live a quiet life a little further out of town. Located 25km north of the CBD, this area is considered part of the Forest District.

Bordered on two sides by Kuring-Gai Chase National Park, Terrey Hills truly is a paradise for nature lovers. Whether you’re after a twenty-one-kilometre horse riding trail or a trek to a handful of mesmerising waterfalls, this suburb has it all.

What's more, if you're working in the CBD – or want to visit for a day trip – it'll only take 20 minutes by car or 40 minutes on the train.

Best Areas For Schools

1. Carlingford

There are a lot of great schools in Sydney – and Carlingford is home to the best of the best.

James Ruse Agricultural High School, a co-educational school in Carlingford, has been top of the leaderboard for success ratings in Sydney for quite some time. Located on a five-acre farm, this school offers students the opportunity to study practical and theoretical agriculture as part of their secondary school education.

You’ll also be a stone’s throw away from Murray Farm Public School, Carlingford Public School, and Carlingford West Public School.

This is also one of Sydney’s more family-friendly areas. Plus, you’ll benefit from the slightly cheaper house prices found in Western Sydney.

2. Baulkham Hills

Another family-friendly suburb, Baulkham Hills, is located in the leafy Hills District. You'll be pleased to know there's also a lot of green space, where your little ones can burn off some energy after school.

With the second-best success rate in the city, your children will be in good hands at Baulkham Hills High School – a combined secondary school for years 7-12. This selective co-educational secondary school has been praised for its “diverse and inclusive learning community”.

In Baulkham Hills, you’ll also have access to Matthew Pearce Public School, Crestwood High School, and Model Farms High School.

Sydney vs Melbourne

The dilemma of deciding whether to move to Sydney or Melbourne seems to be a big one for travellers. Many I've spoken to have preferred Melbourne because Sydney is too corporate and concrete. It's a bit like that if you stay around the city centre, but Sydney changes entirely once you step outside the CBD.

Newtown, Surrey Hills, Erskineville, Enmore, and parts of Redfern have more cafes and artisan bars than you could shake a stick at. Bondi and Manly have relaxed beach vibes going on all the time.

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Wandering around Centennial Park is perennially lovely, Circular Quay seems to sparkle all the time, and springtime means the jacaranda trees bloom all over town. Sydney can be truly beautiful to walk around.

The decision on where to move should be based on how you prefer to live. Sydney is warmer, sunnier, and dryer than Melbourne. Crime rates are also lower, alcohol is cheaper in bars, the beaches are incredible, and the outer suburbs can be quite nice to live in.

On the flip-side, Melbourne is said to be the arts capital of Australia, the hidden bars are quirky and unique, and the rent is mildly cheaper – it depends on what you like.

Is Sydney Safe?

Sydney isn't crime-free like most cities, but it's a pretty safe place. The law states that no one is permitted to walk around with a weapon (guns, knives, mace, etc.), so the odds of someone pulling a firearm or something on you is slim-to-none.

One of the largest causes of violence in Sydney (and the rest of Australia) is alcohol. Still, the state government imposed a series of restrictions on New South Wales a few years ago, and alcohol-related violence in the streets dropped.


The jobs you can get in Australia will largely depend on your visa. There have been changes to the skilled worker visa (subclass 457), but if you're aged 18-30, it's probably worth looking into a working holiday visa.

This visa is initially granted for one year, with the option of extending for another year if you complete 88-days of fruit-picking, farm, or horticultural work in regional Australia. Find out more on the Department of Immigration website.

Working In Sydney

Many Sydney-siders work full-time to afford the rent, so if you're finding work, prepare to join the daily grind. There are corporate opportunities in publishing, law, finance, IT, engineering, hospitality, retail, trades, construction, and reception jobs.

If you’re moving to Australia to look for a job as a skilled worker, it’s good to check whether you have the credentials to work in your field in Australia.

If you’re looking for specific information on how to look for jobs, resume writing, cover letters, and what not to do, Sydney Moving Guide is a great resource.

Frequently Asked Questions About Sydney

Sydney is a vibrant city known for its yacht-studded harbour, superb beaches and the iconic Opera House with its towering sail structure.

Interesting Facts That You Probably Didn't Know About Sydney, Australia
  • The Magic Of Vivid Sydney
  • Sydney Has More Than 100 Beaches
  • One Of The Tallest Steel Arch Bridges In The World
  • Sydney Is A Multicultural Hub
  • World-Famous Sydney Opera House
  • The Iconic Sydney Tower
  • Sydney Is The First Major City To See The New Year

Sydney is most famous for: Sydney Harbour Bridge. Sydney Opera House. Amazing zoos (Taronga & Sydney Zoo) -Iconic Beaches (Bondi, Coogee, Manly to name a few)

Phillip originally named the colony 'New Albion', but then the colony acquired the name 'Sydney', after the British Home Secretary, Thomas Townshend, Lord Sydney. Sydney has many influences upon its style.

It sits on the south-east coast of Australia along the Tasman Sea like a precious jewel in the wild, and it has everything it takes to be the greatest city in the world: amazing natural beauty, the planet's most beautiful harbor, dynamic arts and culture landscape, innovative fashion scene, exceptional gastronomic.
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