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Hi all,

My husband and I are thinking about moving to Australia and I wonder if anyone can give me some advice? I work in the museum/heritage sector and my husband works in publishing - not highly paid jobs in the UK so I am not expecting much better in Oz! We are currently focussing our search on Sydney and Melbourne as we already know some people in both cities, but I am a bit concerned by what I have heard about rental prices being the highest in the country (we're not planning to buy at the moment).

Does anyone living in these cities work in an arts-related profession? How do you find your general standard of living there?

Any advice much appreciated,
Kelly

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Kelly,

My family and I live in Ballarat (having moved from UK 1 year ago) which is about 1 hour to the west of Melbourne. I would actually recommend Ballarat as a place to stay, the heritage and museums here are fantastic, especially Sovereign Hill which is a living museum dedicated to the Victorian Gold Rush and there are always opportunities to get work there. There are a number of museums in Ballarat and of ourse there is the University which is big on everything to do with Arts.Melbourne of course has brilliant museums also but the cost of living there is significantly higher , and Sydney would be higher still.
There are jobs in the Arts area but I would seriously reommend looking slightly further afield than the cities.

Hope this helps!
Hi Kelly,

I live in Sydney (Eastern Suburbs), having relocated with my family six months ago. We found the cost of renting in Sydney to be what we expected – expensive! To be in such a great, central location it’s not that much cheaper than London. If you’re happy to be further out, away from the beach or CBD, it’s cheaper (I’m told it’s much cheaper ‘out west’).

Something we didn’t factor in was the lack of good quality properties. It took us longer than we expected to find a decent house (so you need to factor in a decent budget for short term rental whilst you're looking). I have friends who found themselves in the same position. We were searching at the end of Summer, I’m told looking for rental properties in Winter is easier. We were hanging out for a house with backyard for the children, units (apartments) are easier to find. I used www.domain.com.au for property searches.

Something you’re probably aware of is that rental properties here are typically unfurnished so you’ll need to pay to ship your furniture or buy \ rent stuff when you get here.

Regarding the cost of living, we’ve found that rent and groceries are expensive but clothes and entertainment are cheaper. There’s so much to do that’s free (beaches, parks, museums) that we spend less on a weekend than we did in the UK.

I’ve been to Melbourne once and personally prefer Sydney, because of the city beaches and general vibe.

I write a blog and recently wrote an article about ‘relocation decisions’ that you might be interested in: http://www.mumsgone2aus.com/2010/07/06/australian-relocation-decisi...

Best of luck with your decision making! Sarah
Hi Kelly,
i moved to melbourne over a year agao i rent in the western suburbs of melbourne & find it reasonable for a 3bedrm plus study it works out around $1200 percallendar month & the public transport is great & its 20 mins from city where there is loads of museums so am sure you would find melbourne slightly cheaper than sydney.
Good luck with your choice
Hi Sarah,

Thanks for the blog link - very interesting and helpful.

I am actually from Sydney originally (but haven't lived there for 20 years) so I do feel drawn back to it in a way. I think when my husband and I were first thinking about relocating, it seemed like an obvious decision that we should go to Oz just because we can! But when starting to thinking about the practicalities of it all, it doesn't seem quite so easy after all..! It's really just the thought of an adventure that's quite appealing, even though we are perfectly happy in the UK.

Thanks to Marion and Stewart too - I will look into Ballarat; it sounds very promising!


Sarah Husselmann said:
Hi Kelly,

I live in Sydney (Eastern Suburbs), having relocated with my family six months ago. We found the cost of renting in Sydney to be what we expected – expensive! To be in such a great, central location it’s not that much cheaper than London. If you’re happy to be further out, away from the beach or CBD, it’s cheaper (I’m told it’s much cheaper ‘out west’).

Something we didn’t factor in was the lack of good quality properties. It took us longer than we expected to find a decent house (so you need to factor in a decent budget for short term rental whilst you're looking). I have friends who found themselves in the same position. We were searching at the end of Summer, I’m told looking for rental properties in Winter is easier. We were hanging out for a house with backyard for the children, units (apartments) are easier to find. I used www.domain.com.au for property searches.

Something you’re probably aware of is that rental properties here are typically unfurnished so you’ll need to pay to ship your furniture or buy \ rent stuff when you get here.

Regarding the cost of living, we’ve found that rent and groceries are expensive but clothes and entertainment are cheaper. There’s so much to do that’s free (beaches, parks, museums) that we spend less on a weekend than we did in the UK.

I’ve been to Melbourne once and personally prefer Sydney, because of the city beaches and general vibe.

I write a blog and recently wrote an article about ‘relocation decisions’ that you might be interested in: http://www.mumsgone2aus.com/2010/07/06/australian-relocation-decisi...

Best of luck with your decision making! Sarah
Hi Kelly,

I am a property manager in Avalon Sydney. This is just down the road where Home and Away is filmed, if that helps.

I specialize in executive rental homes unfurnished and furnished as well as traditional family homes.

Avalon is east of Clareville, situated between Whale beach to the north and Bilgola to the south. Avalon is home to the few remaining koalas able to survive in an increasingly urban environment, a reminder that there once were many more in Pittwater.
Avalon Beach is superb for swimming, surfing windsurfing and fishing. A rock swimming pool is located at the southern end of the beach. A shady park area provides refuge from the summer sun, together with picnic and barbeque facilities.

I would love to be able to secure you a home here in the Palm Beach to Newport areas and offer you some support regarding the schools, transport and infrastructures we have in place here on the northern beaches. We have a large community of expats and support groups with our village lifestyle.

Please email me at propertymanager@andrewblake.com.au and I would be delighted to assist you with any real estate enquiry.
Hi Kelly

My husband and I do not work in art-related profession but were equally concerned about the high price of renting.
We are now living in Melbourne about 30 mins out of the City on the train. If you can live a little further out of the city and i think this would apply to both cities you will see a huge difference in the price. Also it depends whether you need a house or could live in a unit. We live in a unit and are a five min walk to the beach with Melbourne within easy reach. Cost of travel here for us is so much cheaper it used to cost my husband about £5000 a year at home to travel into London and now it is about £700. So although the rent is exactly the same as UK other things are cheaper.

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