How To Find Initial Accommodation When Moving To Australia

Moving to a new country can sometimes be a daunting prospect, and the most important thing to consider is where you are going to live.

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You may not pack your bags and roll into your dream home right away, so you will need to find initial accommodation to help you find your feet.

If you’re looking to move to Australia and don’t know where to start with finding accommodation, we have some tips for you.


Initial accommodation is just a place to stay for a few weeks or months, depending on your situation. If you are working with a short timeline to find accommodation, hotels will be able to guarantee you a place to rest your head – in Sydney alone it has been estimated that there are over 20,000 hotel rooms. Unlike houses and apartments, hotels charge by the night, so be sure to compare accommodation to get the best deal.


Choosing an Airbnb is similar to a hotel, while it’s still on a temporary basis, you may come across a house you could stay in for a bit longer (if it’s a holiday home and it’s out of season, for example). Airbnb perfectly combines hotel and home life. For shorter stays it’s charged by the night, but when you start to look at much longer stays, the price becomes monthly – giving you an idea of what you can expect when you find your permanent base.

Shared accommodation

Based in Melbourne, is where you can find spare rooms and team up with others to start a house share. The site has two areas: property listing and person listing. The latter is for when you want to let people know you’re on the hunt for a room; it’s a profile on yourself and what kind of accommodation you’re looking for. A property listing is for someone who is looking for a flatmate. It’s suggested that you set up your profile and then begin the search as soon as possible and regularly; the best flatmates and rooms get snapped up quickly. To get an idea on how successful is, according to the site, every two minutes someone finds a new flatmate with them.


Renting, while not as permanent as buying a home, is the option to take if you are wanting a longer stay in one place. Unlike hotels and Airbnbs, some rented accommodation may have a minimum stay and there will more than likely be contracts involved. If you have not yet found your feet and are testing the water in a certain area of the country, renting is not something to enter into lightly as changing your mind may be difficult later. It’s recommended to view the property before choosing to rent it, with many real estate agents only renting out a property if the person has inspected it first. It might be worth booking a couple of days in a hotel and viewing it before making a definitive choice.

Moving to a new country doesn’t need to be a difficult transition, just take the time to weigh up all of the options available.

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