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Hi everyone

 

I have researched lots about Brisbane but not it appears NSW may be more of realistic option for me. Thats why I wanted to post this as I haven't researched much. I seem to be drawn to big cities so naturally am looking at Sydney and the surrounding suburbs. My main worry is I wont be able to afford rent/ car loan and everything else as I guess prices are a little steeper and from what i've looked at (briefly) today this seems to be the case. I know it's a difficult question to ask as everyone's lifestyle differs so much but I wondered if anyone might be able to help me. I'll be moving on my own I'll be earning roughly $57000 pre tax. I'll need to rent, have a car and it would be great to have some on the side to live a little................?!

 

I guess this must vary from suburb to suburb but how much would a 1 bed place be to rent? I'm not into fancy cars so how much would a bog standard car cost to buy/ run?

 

Can I afford to live in or around sydney on my own with that wage is my main question or am I being completely unrealistic?!

 

Thanks

 

Marie

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Must say that would be a very low wage to live on in Sydney. I think you will be coming out with roughly $800 a week. If you take a look on domain.com.au you will be able to see what you can afford. I think you would look to spend no more than a third of your wage on accommodation? Perhaps a share would be better than a one bed place?

 

Cars are unfortunately just a stupidly expensive here too. Second hand anyway. I'm buying one on thursday and it's more than three times more expensive as the same in the UK. And it's one of the cheapest of that model for sale around here.


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I would definitely consider a share. Thankyou for the quick response. Are there any suburbs where rent is a bit cheaper?

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Advantage for going for a share house is that you are forced to socialise with people too :)


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P.s I thought about the socialising thing .... I don't want to end up a lonely old maid! ha

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Wow my writing went green!! How did I do that? (please don't tell me was it's a rhetorical question ...)


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Does anyone have a spare instruction manual for a baby girl?

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In the Sydney area to spend less on rent you need to go out west. The train line will take you into CBD but you will have to see if you like some of the areas? Look at the Bankstown train line and pick spots from there, the farther west you go in theory the cheaper some of the rentals can be. There are houses to rent for $350 a week. Try typing the names of the places into Domain or other real estate sites to get a feel of what places cost. Add on the cost of your travel and travel times and see if this type of lifestyle would suit you. If you prefer to be nearer the CBD then a house share will be your best option. Good luck.


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