Finding accommodation on you Working Holiday doesn't have to be difficult or daunting! Follow these steps to help you find the right place.
1. Research areas to stay before you arrive
Before coming to Australia, it is a good idea to plan ahead and book an initial place to stay. Having this accommodation, even a hostel or hotel, is a good starting point until you find a more permanent place to stay. Make sure you read reviews and compare prices through sites such as Hostel-World so you find a suitable place within your budget.
2. Have a budget
It's a good idea to plan before hand how much money you can earn and spend on accommodation in Australia. It is important to keep in mind that Australia's rental pricing is quite expensive, especially properties closer to the city.
3. Decide on housing
There are a number of different types of housing that suit a range of people. Private rooms in shared houses and apartments are usually less expensive and better for travelers because you can meet new friends, the houses often come furnished and you don't have to be locked into a long term lease.
4. Find a room and housemates
Online websites such as www.gumtree.com.au and www.flatmates.com.au are great resources to find fellow travelers and rental properties. Read the descriptions carefully to find a housemate you are compatible with and will get along with before committing to a lease.
Sharing or renting an apartment or house is a popular choice with Working Holiday makers for long-term accommodation. It gives you a base and network which you can search for jobs from and then eventually commute to work.
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