Where to live in Australia?

If you can, it's worthwhile arranging temporary accommodation in Australia before you arrive. Renting a serviced apartment could be a good idea as it can give you the comforts of home before your belongings arrive.

Once you're on the ground in Australia, take some time to work out where you'd like to live. One of the best ways to do this is to take a stroll around the neighbourhoods that you think you might want to live in. While looking, some things you might want to consider include: 

  • Access to public transport
  • Local schools
  • Employment prospects
  • Distance from shops and work
  • Reputation of the area

Renting or buying in Australia?

It's always best to weigh up the merits of renting and buying. Generally, many migrants prefer to rent as it provides many benefits and is a much simpler process than buying a house. Renting gives you a chance to get to know your new environment before making the committment to purchase a house. 

Whether you decide to rent or buy in Australia, chances are it's likely to be a competitive market you find yourself in. To get an idea of what's available and the costs, a good place to start are real- estate websites such as:

If you're going to be renting a property in Australia, it's a good idea to bring previous rental references along with copies of your passport, so you'll be in a position to submit your application immediately when you find the ideal property - rental properties in Australia can go very quickly!

Most agents provide 'open inspections'. This is a set time when the agent opens the property to allow prospective tenants to view it. Make yourself aware of things like when the property is available to move into and what the advance payments are. Common practice is for tenants to pay advance rent of 4-6 weeks as a security bond as well as 4 weeks rent in advance. 

If you're in the market to buy a property, get to know the local agents. If they know what sort of property you're after they'll be able to let you know when a suitable place comes on the market, in many cases before it becomes available to the general public. 

This article covers general information about Finding where to live in Australia, buying or renting property , and doesn't take your individual circumstances into account. Please use it as a guide only.