Where to look for a house
When you have an idea of a location, features and costs, you are ready to look for a house. Houses and flats that are available for rent are advertised in:
- The 'to rent' sections of local newspapers;
- Real estate agents shop windows and their internet sites
- Uni, TAFE and community noticeboards.
Consider the distance you have to travel to Uni or work. If you have a car, then fuel costs and parking expenses will be a consideration, if not, you may have to choose a house or unit near public bus services.
What will it cost to move?
There is a lot of money involved in renting a house or flat. Firstly, you will be asked to pay two weeks rent in advance and a bond (usually four weeks rent) as a security deposit. There are costs associated with connecting the electricity and telephone. Most of these utilities require an initial deposit or connection fee.
The other big expense is for furniture, household goods and electrical and electronic equipment.