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Tips on moving to Melbourne, Australia

Advice on finding an apartment to rent

post 7.Jan.2010, 02:04 PM
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i usually use when looking for cheap private rents in the uk. They have a Melbourne section so it might be useful to you.
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post 7.Jan.2010, 06:27 PM
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Joined: 4.Nov.2006

Try not to get yourself stabbed in Melbourne.

Perth's record is quite impressive compared to the other capitals but that could be because there is less to do in Perth compared to the other cities,
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post 25.Oct.2010, 02:20 PM
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I'm also from Melbourne, and while I don't want to put anyone off moving here, it's not quite as simple as all that to get a rental property at the moment. The procedure isn't that hard, but you've gotta be quick 'cause things come and go from the market really quickly. As well as finding somewhere and viewing it - and yes, you HAVE to view it before you're legally allowed to rent it - you have to submit documents proving you can pay your rent etc. So you pretty much have to have a job and references in English, otherwise it gets too tricky and real estate agents will over look you for someone else. So make sure you attend viewings with all the documents you need.

Which are: Proof of ID, Bank Statement, Reference from your Employer, or school maybe, your Visa if you need one, your past residences, and as many bills etc. as you have for yourself.

Be organised and it shouldn't be too hard though - and it's a brilliant place to live.
I found my last home on this site:

Hope that helps!
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post 17.Feb.2012, 09:14 AM
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Joined: 15.Jun.2009


I am in talks with a company based in Melbourne and just might get the job. The office will be in CBD.
I am looking for advice about renting a place close to CBD, schools for a 6 year old nearby and life in general in Melbourne smile.gif
Do I need to provide reference for renting a place(from landlords in Sweden)? Can I find a place from Stockholm itself?

Basically fill me in with information about moving into Melbourne.

Thanks a lot!
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post 23.Jun.2012, 03:24 AM
Post #20

Hi I moved to Melbourne few months ago and I used a company called Homes of Melbourne to look for a place for me. You might give it a try, their website is

Good luck!
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post 26.Jun.2012, 07:34 PM
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Location: Jämtland
Joined: 10.Oct.2005

[quote name='jako' date='7.Jan.2010, 09:04 AM' post='490495']
I can't believe all the advice AGAINST St.Kilda on this page.

As someone who has lived and worked in St.Kilda for over 5 years I adore the place - it's the first place I'd advise someone your age from Sweden to move to.

Sure Hawthorn and the inner-east is nice - if you're married with 2 kids and want to be close to expensive private schools.

Some of melbourne's richest experiences are offered close to the beach, in the evening, on those beautiful warm nights in summer

. I very much agree with this I live I st kilda for some time it has all you need close by beach, night life/ live music, and good places to eat also look at Pt Melbourne and Albert park. Pt melbourne and st Kilda both have trams going direct to the City and are close to the CBD. AP and PMelb both have lots of open space around Parks ect. St Kilda unless your standing on a corner in a short skirt looking for work you will not be bothered by these sorts I people In the area as a female I use to live alone in st Kilda and had no problem I am guessing the lady's of the night are the reason people are saying do look a St Kilda, I am not sure I would live any where else if I lived in Melbourne. Good luck house hunting.
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post 7.Sep.2012, 08:11 AM
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Melbourne is a great city for work and play!

It is wise to do your research before getting here just so things fall into place when you touch down.

I own Elwood Beach Apartment here in Melbourne and work with relocation agencies and oversees tourist that are looking for a place to stay while they settle in whether it be short or long term. Check out the apartment on

Elwood Beach Apartment is fully furnished with modern accents. It is located in the beautiful beachside suburb of Elwood and neighbours St Kilda. It is only 6km from the CBD with public transport bus, train or tram only a short walk away.

If anyone requires local knowledge on Melbourne just email me...happy to help!

A : )
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post 8.Sep.2012, 08:47 AM
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Joined: 28.Aug.2012

Melbourne is the best city to the market of renting.
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post 25.Jan.2015, 07:21 PM
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My names Gunner,

I'm moving to Melbourne, Australia March, 1st 2015. Can someone help me, concerning housing, job opportunities, and the do's and don'ts when I arrive? I have a retail action sports store in the United States, California. How hard would it be to open a retail store in Melbourne?

I'll need to rely on public transportation.
I'm good with staring of finding a roommate, or living at hostel to start. What should I expect the cost will be for rent?
What City would you suggest I make my first stop? I would like to move some ware that would be the easiest to get a job.

Thank you for any help or advice you can give me. Cheers...
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post 26.Jan.2015, 08:01 AM
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Joined: 27.Mar.2013

Hi Runner,
Housing is, at least compared to Sweden, not a major challenge. Depending on you personal preference you rent an entire apartment or join a existing share house. has most rental properties listed with estate agents in one place, has share accommodation too. has more share accommodation and also private rental listing (direct with property owner). Make sure you read this publication regarding you legal rights to renting despite the industry being regulated there a a number of unscrupulous operators out there ripping off new arrivals.

My advise would be to find a share (or rental) house after you arrive in Melbourne and book a room with for your first few weeks, somewhere central or at least close to a train line.

costs - share house in inner suburbs $250 per week including bills, outer suburbs $175 per week including bills.

Job Opportunities:
Hard to comment, you have given no information regarding your experience or preferences. There are many opportunities, but expect it to take a number of months for you to get something. Job-search website include and as well as

Public transport:
Most Melbournians rely on their car and never or rarely use public transport. This is because Melbourne is very spread out, and most live quite a distance from the CBD. On a global scale the public transport system is pretty good, and if choose your location in Melbourne wisely you can happily rely on public transport/walking/biking. Look at inner city suburbs with a combination of rail/tram options within walking distance.
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post 17.Sep.2015, 11:33 AM
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