Sydney is Australia’s largest city, with over 4.5 million residents. It is also Australia’s oldest city, and the most multicultural too. It is the city of opportunities, where you can find high paying jobs, new opportunities that wouldn’t exist in the smaller cities, or other countries, a growing economy, and an atmosphere that is hard to beat in any city.
Living close to the beautiful harbour, beaches, and not too far from the Blue Mountains and forests just outside of town, paired with the exciting aspects of city living, night life, and a constant flow of interesting events, changing art features, and various celebrations going on around you throughout the year. It’s understandable why so many consider moving to Sydney, with all it has to offer. If you need a quote for moving to Sydney visit Ausmove.co.nz
- Beaches all around you, large and small, surf and leisure
- World ranking Education Institutes
- Going out: lots of events, night life, superb restaurants and cafés
- Welcoming for families, and safe
- Top quality healthcare available
- Benefits from cultural diversity
- The weather is mild, never extremely hot or cold
There are only two of note, but they do carry quite a bit of weight, so you have to balance them with the positives. All round you will still enjoy more positives than negatives living in Sydney.
- High Cost of Living (particularly to rent or own property)
- Traffic Jams on your way to and from work, even if you’re in a bus
Sydney would be in the top 20 most expensive cities in the world, but not the top 10, some of Asia and Europe is higher. Rent is the biggest concern, with the average rent’s up to around AU$400 per week for a studio apartment in the central city, and not hugely better further out of town, even in a flatting situation where you just rent a room it will set you back around AU$250 per week, not including power and internet bills.
Food is reasonable compared to other similar countries, but not cheap, and transport (including the cost of petrol) is not cheap either. Public transport is however predicted to improve in Sydney, and the introduction of a light rail (tram) system around the central city this year will help a bit with travel times and costs long term. But there is not an underground metro system that works quickly and cheaply like there is in London or Singapore, there are mostly buses and above ground trains. The buses still end up stuck in traffic alongside the cars as well. The traffic isn’t like China, but it’s still a factor to take into consideration, as you will need to leave longer times to get to and from work each day.
Many people go to Australia hoping for an increase in salary, as the same job there often pays more than what it would in many other countries or even cities within Australia. Sydney grows by around 40,000 people per year, and is so far managing to build homes and create jobs at a fast enough rate to accommodate those numbers. Unemployment in Sydney is a little bit lower than other cities in Australia, there does tend to be more jobs there.
The Australian Stock exchange and Reserve Bank are found in Sydney, it is Australia’s main business hub. You will also find most of the offices for big international companies prefer to have their offices in Sydney. The biggest areas of growth in Sydney at the moment are Healthcare, Building and Engineering, Education and IT. Overall it is a stable economy, looking to grow in the future, and is a place where people can go to grow their career and experience, and increase their salaries, and work towards a better life. If you work in Sydney, and then move back or move on to another country, most businesses in other countries will value Australian (particularly Sydney) experience in a very positive way. Likewise for education gained in Australia, so it is a wise choice for tertiary education too.
The Many Districts of Sydney
If you do decide to move to Sydney, you will then need to look further into what part of Sydney is most suitable for you to live in. Sydney is made up of around 10 different districts, some smaller than others but each with their own pros and cons, and varying distances from the CBD. Some may choose to live central to the city for work, or further away to try and reduce living costs through rent. You have the option of living near the big beaches, or smaller bays, around the harbour, in amongst the concrete jungle, or further out where there’s a bit more greenery in the suburbs. Domain.com has put together a Beginners guide to Sydney and it’s different regions, which you can read through for information on each district, and get an idea of which might suit you best, to look for accomodation there before you move.