Relocating to Sydney
Sydney is mostly known for its clear blue skies and temperate climate. Depending on where you’re moving from, the city’s scenery can be quite refreshing. Among all the well-known cities of Australia, Sydney has the largest population.
Living in Sydney is very different compared to its surrounding coastal areas where life seems to be more relaxed. Being a state capital, its streets are always bustling with people and business establishments are tirelessly catering to the needs of their patrons all day.
Living in Sydney Guide
If you’re considering moving to Sydney, here are some of the things that are worth taking note of:
Sydney has trains, buses, and ferry services that the public can use to go from one place to another. Airport links, light rail lines, and taxi services are also available. These transport systems complement each other and make it easier to travel to other parts of the country.
Train services usually run from 4 am to midnight.
Buses travel through the city and its surrounding areas for almost 24 hours. Since heavy traffic is expected in most parts of the city, it is recommended that passengers purchase their bus tickets before boarding the bus to reduce delays.
If you’re in a hurry or are looking for a more convenient means of transportation, you may wave down a taxi from the kerb or engage those who are waiting for passengers in designated taxi ranks around the city. You may also book a taxi from private taxi companies operating in different parts of the city, or use a more modern solution and order an Uber or Didi.
Ferry services are also available for passengers who are travelling to harbourside destinations and suburbs. Before making any plans in taking ferry services, check for alternative routes that you can take during low tides or other circumstances which render the ferries inoperable.
Other transportation services such as light rails, airport links, and transport links are also available for passengers travelling to different parts of the city such as airports and popular tourist destinations.
Cost of Living
Whether you opt to rent or buy a property when you move to Sydney, you will be surprised at how expensive it can get. In the recent Demographia Housing Affordability Survey, Sydney has the third least affordable housing market among all major cities in the world; Melbourne ranked 4th.
Housing and Rental
Average monthly household rental payment – A$2,400
Average monthly household mortgage payment – A$2,630
While monthly rental is more expensive than other popular cities, the majority of food and personal care items are less expensive in Sydney.
Basic lunchtime menu (in the business district) – AU$17
Take away food – AU$11
1 litre of whole fat milk – AU$1.26
500 g of local cheese – AU$8
1 kg of tomatoes- AU$5.04
1 kg of potatoes – AU$3.32
500 g of boneless chicken breast – AU$5.99
1 kg of apples – AU$4.30
12 eggs, large – AU$5.49
1 box of antibiotics – AU$16
4 rolls of toilet paper – AU$3.62
Tube of toothpaste – AU$3.97
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml) – AU$6
Shops in Sydney are usually open until 5 PM and cafes are mostly closed by 4 PM.
Compared to other cities, Sydney has very drinking laws. Individuals who intend to work in bars and other drinking establishments are required to take a Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) Course. They also implement lockout laws which prohibit patrons from entering bars after 1:30.