The price of a home in Sydney and small details such as driver’s licence should be on your checklist before you plan to move into the city.
For this year, housing prices per square metre in the city centre and outside the city now cost around $13,000 and $8,800, respectively. Monthly rental prices may cost more than $2,000 for city apartments, while those outside Sydney cost around $1,380.
If you plan to relocate from within New South Wales, consider self-storage solutions such as sheds here in Tamworth, NSW. This would be a better choice for those that want to keep furniture and other personal items indefinitely, without needing to bring them to their new home.
Your driver’s licence issued from another state in the country would be valid for three months in Sydney. After that, you would need to apply for a new one. This rule also applies to foreign nationals that intend to live in the city, as long as they already cleared other requirements such as visa conditions.
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Expats that plan to work in Sydney should take note that most employers pay their works once a month, which is commonly during the 15th day. Foreigners can reduce the long wait by starting a few days before this time of the month.
Otherwise, you may have to wait for almost two months before getting your first paycheck. It is also rare to find furnished rental apartments, so expect to buy your own washing machine and refrigerator.
Living in the city for a few months without a car may be more of an advantage since apartments with parking spaces are hard to find in Sydney.
The cost of living in Sydney can be expensive, although high salaries can offset this. Be sure to ask for advice, preferably from someone who lives in the city.