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Expats looking for accommodation in Sydney will find the search a fairly straightforward process with many good residential areas to choose from in, around and outside the city centre. For most expats, the final choice will depend on budget, proximity to schools and location with regards to public transport.
Types of accommodation in Sydney
City living can be an attractive option for students or young professionals who prefer to be near to the universities and nightlife. Most of the accommodation in these areas will be in the form of apartments.
Meanwhile, freestanding houses are far easier to find in the outer suburbs of Sydney. These are popular with families, who enjoy the extra space which living in the suburbs affords them.
Finding accommodation in Sydney
New arrivals may wish to enlist the help of real estate agents in their search for accommodation in Sydney. These professionals have extensive knowledge of the available properties in the area and will have access to properties which haven't made it onto public listings yet.
However, it is certainly not a necessity to go through a real estate agent, and listings of available properties can be found on numerous online property portals and in local newspapers.
Renting accommodation in Sydney
Viewings for Sydney accommodation are usually at set times, and if the property is well-priced, expats should expect to be viewing with up to a dozen other people. Many properties are managed through an agent, and references will usually be required.
Rent for accommodation in Sydney is payable monthly and is typically payable at the end of each month to the real estate agent or landlord. Utility bills are usually not included in the rental price and are the responsibility of the tenant to pay.
► Read the Areas and Suburbs of Sydney page to get an insight into the neighbourhoods in the city.
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