While in part one at the previous post have discussed where to start when you’re looking for an accommodation in Australia, here we would talk about some of the most popular options people on a long-term visa have actually used. This long-term visa includes those of Work and Holiday that’s popular among backpackers. Whether you plan to stay for a year or more in Australia on your long-term visa, where can you find some solid options for accommodation?
Gumtree: for finding everything under the sun
The Gumtree website is not just a place to offer flats, advertise share houses, and things related to accommodation alike. Gumtree is a place for literally everything. You can find used bikes, secondhand wifi routers, and whatever else you can think about. Many work and holidaymakers find their accommodations through this website. Gumtree is also a popular website to post jobs and also advertise yourself as a job-seeker.
Use your social media’s potentials
People advertising their space as well as people who are looking for them are all using social media to get the word out. It’s one of the easiest and the quickest ways to let the world know that you’re offering or looking.
Join relevant facebook group for your upcoming stay
Groups are usually for each area. If you’re planning on staying in Melbourne, then join relevant groups for it. If you’re staying in Darwin, look for groups with the relevant keywords. People of the groups sometimes share content from facebook pages that advertise house space in general, so be on the lookout for those as well.
Pro-tip: browse for these groups and join them even when you have yet to arrive in Australia. From the posts of these groups, you’ll get to know the exact range of prices that people offer, and so much more information you wouldn’t have known unless you’re included within the community. You’ll get to see pictures, read descriptions, and be more knowledgeable in searching for accommodations. Having a sense of familiarity in this—as one of the most basic things you need to survive when traveling—would give you a better piece of mind.
A dedicated website for sharing houses: Flatmates
If you’ve decided that a share accommodation is for you (whether it’s a private room in a share house or a shared one bedroom apartment), then you can go to a dedicated website to specifically look for this type of accommodation.
The website flatmates.com.au is one of the most popular websites people go to when it comes to the whole apartment and house sharing. The websites is a place for both those who are looking and offering their space.
Pro-tip: get to know your flatmates and your space before you commit
Spend some time talking to the people whose living space you’re interested in. Getting along with the people you’re living with is not just important, but necessary.
Lookout for flyers as well. This may be an old-fashioned way to advertise virtually anything, but some still do it. Take a picture of the contact number you find on the flyer. Call and arrange for a meeting. You may find something worth looking into.