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    Hi,

     

    Im moving to Adelaide next month.

    A company is bringing me over to fit solar panels as Im an electrician.

    They are giving me temporary accommodation for 2 weeks, then Im on my own.

    How hard is is to find a rental? Ima gonna be on my own so Im guessing I'll be looking to share.

    Im 25 and enjoy my weekends so Im guessing the city centre would be best for me?

    Also what kind of lifestyle would $60k a year bring? Is that a decent wage in oz?

     

    Any help appreciated,

     

    James

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    Hi James!

     

    It sounds like you're in a pretty similar situation to me when I arrived. I'm 28 but still like heading out sometimes and that. For a single person's lifestyle I think 60k is pretty darn good, Im similar enough and find myself able to save handy enough and go out to eat and some drinks (though I go out far less often here than at home, just not as many people to see) and have a pretty nice place to live in the city. I had temporary accommodation when I got here too - it took me 3 weeks to get into my place but I could have easily gotten somewhere sooner I just delayed a little since I didn't want to pay rent when I had a free place. If you're trying to get a place to yourself just head to http://www.domain.com.au and http://www.realestate.com.au and make lists of places and opening times and go to as many as you can. I found it a great way to get to know the city a bit too. A much cheaper option, especially when you arrive from abroad and have no furniture is to get a room in a shared place - best websites for that are gumtree and au.easyroommate.com which costs a little for full access but I think is generally cheap enough to be worth it.

     

    The city centre is pretty good to live in - I find I walk everywhere, but it depends a lot on where your work is I guess. I've no idea what nightlife is like out in the suburbs but even if it was good I wouldn't live anywhere but the city as a non-driver, but each to their own.

     

    If you've more questions just give me a shout!

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    Thanks a lot Button that's some really helpful tips there. Im quite nervous about coming over as it's quite short notice and im scared im going to be under-prepared. Im researching as much as I can but I guess i'll learn faster once im over. Do you stay on your own now? Ive read that there are studio apartments available in the city fairly cheap. This is an option I would prefer eventually as I dont fancy staying with strangers for too long! I'll check out the websites you mentioned. What is the nightlife like in Adelaide? Is there places to watch British football?

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    Thanks a lot Button that's some really helpful tips there. Im quite nervous about coming over as it's quite short notice and im scared im going to be under-prepared. Im researching as much as I can but I guess i'll learn faster once im over. Do you stay on your own now? Ive read that there are studio apartments available in the city fairly cheap. This is an option I would prefer eventually as I dont fancy staying with strangers for too long! I'll check out the websites you mentioned. What is the nightlife like in Adelaide? Is there places to watch British football?

     

     

    Hi jim

     

    Big congrats on the job any clues on how you got it install solar panels myself in the uk.

    Moving out in may with wife and 2 kids if you could keep me posted.

    On vacancies I would really appreciate it.

    Good luck with the move must be nerve racking on your own.

    Hope all goes well.

    Good luck

     

    From the Dugdales

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    Hey Duggy, thanks for the kind words.

     

     

    I actually found the job on Jobsite back home in Edinburgh. I got the job via a UK based agency, who deal with an Australian agency, who deal with the client! It's been quite a stressful process but I hope it will be worth it in the long run. I would not be going over on my own unless I had a job to go to. The Australian agency is called "Red Appointments". Definitely worth a call before, or when you arrive. They have their head office in Adelaide and there is a few jobs going on their website.

     

    Hope that helps,

     

    James

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    Hi Jim,

     

    I arrived last July on my own after being sponsored, though my company gave me a month of accomodation so that was more time to look for somewhere, thoughI found somewhere to live after 2 weeks. I didnt want to live on my own after just arriving here so thought sharing with someone would open me up to more friends and social networks, and it has worked really well. If you do go down that sharing route you could try gumtree or easyroommate.

     

    Nightlife isnt too bad here. no massive clubs like back in the UK. the biggest one here is HQ but I havent been there yet. I live in the city sharing with someone who grew up in Adelaide, so shes my flatmate aswell as my guide and going out buddy. As for football, they dont watch much 'EPL' here, though you will find the big matches in the casino bar, and odd games in the many hotel bars and pubs around the city. Cant tell you what its like in the suburbs though

     

    Let me know if you need anymore help, send me a PM if you wish

    Rich

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    Hey,

     

    No worries, I came over feeling totally underprepared as well. But I was lucky in that I started a new job with a whole bunch of people at the same time also mostly new to Adelaide so I had instant people to hang out with, though I work lots and don't really get out much at all. I'm not a nightclub fan so couldn't tell you - if you're a fan of pubs with good interesting beers, music that's not poppy stuff, and are generally dark and filled with people wearing Converse rather than tiny heels I can help you out with names of a couple of favourites. I hate football though - so no ideas on where you'll find it. There's a British pub called the Elephant or something like that near the cinema Palace Nova off Rundle Street that might be a good starting point.

     

    Fire away questions - this week is strangely not too busy in work so Im actually online every so often :)

     

    Congrats on the job by the way!

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    Thanks, im quite happy about it as the work situation is so bad for electricians back here in the UK.

     

    One thing I could do with advice on, is this ambulance cover ive heard about, my company will be providing private medical cover but I think this wont be included. Is it easy enough to sort once I come over? Is there any other insurances etc that we dont have in the UK that would be useful to know about before coming to Oz?

     

    I just checked the music festival calendar, I didnt realise there was so much during summer in Adelaide. It's gotten me very excited!

     

    Thanks,

     

    James

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