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Most expats are a bit nervous about moving to a new country and tend to have queries about various aspects of life in their soon-to-be home.
Below are our answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about moving to Melbourne.
Where should I live in Melbourne?
This depends entirely on preference and priorities. Some favoured areas are right in the city centre and are popular with students or young professionals. More family-oriented expats may prefer living further out in the suburbs or on the coast.
Is there a lot to do in the city?
With a number of annual events and local attractions, expats in Melbourne should find it fairly easy to keep themselves entertained. For those looking for adventure and hoping to explore, there are a couple of great road trip destinations for weekend getaways.
Will I experience any culture shock?
Despite some similarities to other Western countries such as the US and UK, expats may still get homesick, compounded by the unfamiliar day-to-day idiosyncrasies of Australian life and culture.
Adapting to any new country can be difficult, but luckily there is a big expat community in Melbourne that can help ease the culture shock.
Can I bring my pet to Australia?
Most likely, yes, but bringing a pet to Australia is a complicated process that requires a lot of documentation and planning. Ideally, expats intending to bring a furry friend with them should consult a relocation company for advice to ensure that all the right steps are followed.
►See Healthcare in Melbourne for details on how to access medical treatment in the city
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