Do you dream of living in Sydney? Does the idea of beach filled weekends and living the laid back life sound like the best thing ever? These are some of the expectation vs reality of living Sydney and get an insight into what it’s really like to live in the city.
Sydney is really expensive
I agree with this statement to an extent. Like areas of London, some places can be pretty expensive to eat, live and go out. However, unlike London, the living wage is more representative of the higher living cost therefore you can enjoy living in the city more than you can in London on the standard living wage.
Finding a job is really difficult if you’re on a WHV
The truth in this statement depends on a number of factors. If you are just after something temporary say working in hospitality you will find there are plenty of opportunities as a lot of establishments are used to a high turn over of staff so it’s not usually difficult to find something.
However, if you are looking for a more career type job that can be more challenging to find. The reality of living in Sydney is that the majority of employers will want you to be a permanent resident in the country as they will want you to stay longer than six months. A good option to find work is through a recruitment agency who will match you to an employer as some employers may be after a short term contract for project work. Some great ones to start with are Salt, Hays and Firebrand.
In terms of comparison between finding a job in the UK, I would say it is pretty similar if not slightly easier in some industries here because of the high number of people on a WHV in the country and the staff turnover. The process of finding a job is pretty much the same though.
Living costs are high in Sydney
Statistically, Sydney has a higher living cost than both London and New York. Renting a private room in a shared apartment on average will cost you around $300-$400 per week in comparison to London which can be as much as £600 a month average (in East London) which works out around $270 per week. To be honest, they feel pretty similar however as I’ve found you seem to pay more bills in the UK (council tax alone is often over £200 a month, plus electricity and water etc).
You can get around the country really easily and cheaply
From my experience, I haven’t found this to be true at all. In order to do my farm work I had to fly to an area of Queensland which required getting on a total of four flights which set me back the equivalent of £360! I few to Australia from the UK for only a couple of hundred more than that.
Because Australia is so big (you can fit the UK into it 32 times) visiting different states can take a while. For example Perth to Brisbane takes four and a half hours and Australia has 3 different time zones.
The public transport however is far superior to that in England in my opinion. Buses and trains run on time and instead of paying by cash and card you simply top up an opal card. It is a quick, cheap and efficient process to get around Sydney.
The lifestyle is really laid back
This I think to be definitely true. There seems to be more focus on spending time relaxing and enjoying the outdoors. Though I guess that comes with the better weather and a lot of beaches. People here also don’t seem to move with as much of a rush as they do in England.
There is also a massive culture here for day drink which I am a fan of.
The weather is always beautiful, especially in the Summer
This one is a tricky one. So far I have experienced torrential rain, thunder storms and some of the worst hail the city has ever seen. The weather in Sydney has been pretty mixed so far. Currently it is pretty hot as it’s the summer months but in the winter the temperature does get down to a cool 10 degrees.
You’ll meet so many Australian’s
I think because I’ve been mainly staying in hostels before moving to Queensland, the majority of people I have spoken to have been people visiting the country from abroad.
When I stayed in Bondi, I found the majority of people to be tourists especially over the December/January period. Even in Sydney, the city itself is very multicultural. So the reality living in Sydney is that I have met people from all over Europe, China, Africa, Asia and the list goes on!
There are so many spiders and they will all kill you
Yes, it is true that some of the world’s most deadliest spiders call Australia their home, however the reality living in Sydney is that it is very rare you will come across a particularly dangerous one in the city centre. Despite being a country known for its large spider population, it has been stated that ‘more people die of beestings every year in the country than spiders’. I can’t even express the over exageration placed on spiders not just in the city but country as a whole.
I hope these expectations vs reality of living in Sydney clear some things up for you!