Hello everyone. I’m @olivertomolife and I’ve studied abroad in Sydney!
Rent accounts for a large part of the cost of living in Sydney, and I’m sure many of you would like to know the average when deciding your budget.
Especially when switching from a homestay to a shared house, you may be in a hurry to decide where to live because you don’t have much time.
If you have a lot of belongings, it is not easy to move out, and you may regret where you live.
To help you have a fulfilling study abroad experience, I would like to introduce the average rent in Sydney and recommended places to live.
If you have any doubts about where to live in Sydney, please take a look at this article.
I studied abroad in Sydney for a year starting in 2018. Currently, I am writing a blog about my experience.
By reading this post, you’ll get to know about rent in Sydney!
Average Rent Prices in Sydney
Due to the effects of the rising housing prices in Sydney year after year, many people in the city live in shared houses.
To live completely alone, you will need to pay $2400 Australian dollars per month.
The average rent for a room for 2~4 people in a shared house, which is the most major way of living in Sydney, is said to be $720~$920 per month.
If you live in a single room, it will cost you more than 120,000 Japanese yen per month, so there are ways to save money by sharing a room with several people.
My Housing History in Sydney
At the beginning of my study abroad trip, I couldn’t speak English, so I stayed with a homestay family for three weeks.
As I was informed beforehand, the house was far from the city and the closest station was Penshurst.
What made it even more difficult was that I had to walk 15 minutes from the station to the house…
I had a single room, which was not inconvenient to live in, but I had to dry my laundry outside, and there were times when the weather suddenly changed and all my laundry got wet…
During the three weeks of homestay, I woke up at 7:00 a.m. every morning to go to my 9:00 a.m. class.
The good thing is that I was able to live with my host family and feel the nature of Sydney.
You can learn more about the sim card you should sign up for on your first day abroad here.
2 Shared House 1
Since my language school was located between Central Station and Town Hall Station, I moved to a place near Central Station.
You can read more about the language school I was at here.
The room was $380 for two people for two weeks, so I think it was an average rent.
It’s about a five-minute walk to the train station and a ten-minute walk to the school, so it’s a lot more convenient than before!
There are supermarkets and restaurants near the house, so it was easy to live there.
The house was shared by a Korean owner, and there were Japanese, Koreans, and Malaysians living there.
However, the washing machine was very old and the owner did not repair it even though it was broken, so I decided to move to a different share house after a month.
3 Share house 2
I wanted to live even closer to school, so I moved to a place near Town Hall station and the school!
It is in the center of Sydney, so it made my life much more convenient.
My room is now a single room, so it’s less stressful than before.
The elevator in the apartment was awesome, so I took a picture of it lol.
I think the rent for the top floor is quite high.
The living room was spacious and easy to live in.
A room on the 13th floor was $740 for two weeks, which is expensive, but there was a concierge at the door, and a gym and pool inside the apartment!
My house had three rooms, and we used in a shared space.
The residents were a Japanese couple, an Iranian couple, and a Chinese woman.
The couple moved out halfway through the stay, so an Australian and an Italian couple moved in.
Click here to read about the living environment at that time.
Should I live in the city or the suburbs?
In conclusion, I believe that you should live in the city if you are going to study a language.
This is because most of the language schools in Sydney are located in the center of the city, and it is difficult to get to them from the suburbs.
I recommend Town Hall, the area around the University of Technology Sydney, Chatswood, and Ashfield.
There are many stores in these places, so I think you will have no inconvenience living there.
If you are on a working holiday, it may be easier to find a job if you live in the suburbs.
I think the best places in the suburbs of Sydney are Homebush, Strathfield, and Liverpool.
You’ll have to refer to them depending on your goals!
- Average rent in Sydney is $720~$920 in Australian dollars.
- If you are a language student, you should live in the city
- If you are on a working holiday, you can live in the suburbs.
I have introduced the average rent in Sydney!
I’ll be posting more information about Australia in the future, so please stay tuned.
Thank you for reading to the end!