This week’s Mailbox Monday post is from someone moving to Sydney to study at the University of Sydney.

Today’s Question:

I plan on doing a study abroad in July at the University of Sydney and I have no plans of returning to the states afterwards. I will be done with school after my studies at uni and I am looking to stay in Australia as long as possible.

I am a little concerned because I am only 21 years and Australia has a high cost of living. I was wondering what your recommendations are for finding an apartment? Would it be difficult for me to find a job in Australia after I finish my studies?

I know you have touched upon these subjects, but I was just curious as to any advice you can offer so that I can be prepared as possible for my new adventure.

Lauren’s Reply

No plans on returning to the States? Wow. That’s really going for it.

Since you’ll be studying in Australia you’ll have an advantage for finding a job here. Plus you have time since you’ll be in school and making connections.

Now changing from a student visa to a 457 visa or permanent residence visa is outside my limited understanding. I do know that for people changing from a tourist visa to a 457 visa requires them to apply for the visa from outside Australia. Give an employer has to first apply for sponsorship of the position before anyone can apply, it could take some time before one is permitted re-entry to Australia. Not sure if it’s similar for going from a student visa to a 457 visa or PR visa.

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The University of Sydney will probably have a lot more info on this than I do.

Did you know that University of Sydney has a subreddit?

Speaking of subreddit’s I saw this thread a little while ago for moving to Sydney. It will help you as far as finding an apartment and what suburbs to focus on.

To nutshell the suburbs, the top recommendations were Enmore, Glebe, and Newtown. All those neighbourhoods are choked full of students.

If you’re open to flatmates you might want to check out FlatmateFinders, Flatmates in Sydney, and GumTree. A word of caution, when people say roommate here they literally mean two people sharing a single room.


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