Once you have been given admission and visa to study in Australia, the next thing that should occupy your mind should be your accommodation when you get there. Most students might decide to share accommodation in a bit to cut down on cost while others have the money to get one full accommodation to themselves. One thing you should bear in mind is that accommodation prices in Australia vary according to city. There are the expensive ones and the affordable ones as well.
Assuming you have just landed in Australia and you need a shared accommodation, how do you start looking for a flat mate or roommate? This could be a very difficult task for you in a country where you don’t know anybody.
Well, I have decided to make it a lot easy for you by preparing this post. Before I show you how to get a flat mate in Australia, let’s briefly look at the cost of accommodation and other living expenses in Australia for students.
Cost of living in Australia
The cost of living in Australia is estimated at $1000 to $1500 per month, which covers the cost of accommodation, food, books, transportation, recreation, etc. Here’s the breakdown:
Hostels and guesthouses – $65.3 to $108.83 per week
Shared rental – $61 to $155 per week
On Campus – $65 to $203 per week
Home stay – $170 to $235 per week
Rental – $119 to $319 per week
Groceries and eating out – $58 to $203 per week
Gas and Electricity – $25 to $101 per week
Phone and Internet – $14 to $18 per week
Public transport – $10 to $40 per week
Entertainment – $58 to $108 per week
Please note that all these figures are in United States Dollars.
So from this breakdown you will agree with me that the cost of accommodation in Australia is high, hence the need to look for a shared accommodation. But the question is, how do you get a flat mate to share accommodation with, when you are a Jonny- Just- Come (JJC) in Australia?
How to find a flat mate during your study in Australia
Getting a flat mate to share an accommodation with is very easy now. All you need do is visit; www.flatmate.com.au and you will see all the accommodation listings with the owners profile, picture and prices. You can also list your accommodation there if you are looking for someone to live with.