Cost of Living in Sydney

Summary about cost of living in Sydney:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 18.00 A$ 15.00-25.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 80.00 A$ 60.00-110.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 10.18 A$ 9.35-12.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 8.00 A$ 7.00-10.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 9.00 A$ 7.00-10.00
Cappuccino (regular) 4.01 A$ 3.50-4.50
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 3.36 A$ 2.00-4.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 2.58 A$ 2.00-3.50
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 5.78 A$ 3.79-11.36
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.43 A$ 1.00-3.63
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.20 A$ 0.86-2.13
Eggs (regular) (12) 3.77 A$ 2.80-6.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 3.80 A$ 2.72-5.44
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 4.66 A$ 3.63-6.35
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 7.21 A$ 5.44-9.07
Apples (1 lb) 1.90 A$ 1.36-2.27
Banana (1 lb) 1.45 A$ 0.91-2.04
Oranges (1 lb) 1.57 A$ 0.91-2.04
Tomato (1 lb) 2.15 A$ 1.36-2.72
Potato (1 lb) 1.46 A$ 0.91-1.81
Onion (1 lb) 1.18 A$ 0.90-1.36
Lettuce (1 head) 2.55 A$ 2.00-3.50
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.71 A$ 0.80-3.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 18.00 A$ 15.00-20.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 5.10 A$ 3.00-7.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 5.22 A$ 4.00-8.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 30.00 A$ 25.00-32.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 4.00 A$ 3.30-5.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 217.39 A$ 152.17-260.87
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 4.00 A$ 3.60-5.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.52 A$ 3.06-4.83
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 56.68 A$ 56.40-60.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 5.66 A$ 5.07-6.28
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 25,000.00 A$ 23,000.00-28,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 25,153.30 A$ 20,000.00-30,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 177.54 A$ 100.00-350.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.65 A$ 0.20-1.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 70.64 A$ 60.00-98.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 73.49 A$ 50.00-102.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 23.79 A$ 15.00-32.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 20.00 A$ 15.00-22.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 2,043.97 A$ 1,200.00-2,600.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 18,428.57 A$ 12,000.00-25,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 100.36 A$ 50.00-150.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 65.12 A$ 40.00-90.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 133.37 A$ 100.00-180.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 156.93 A$ 100.00-250.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 2,599.51 A$ 2,000.00-3,260.87
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,888.22 A$ 1,400.00-2,383.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 4,657.86 A$ 3,500.00-6,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 3,109.44 A$ 2,000.00-4,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,328.59 A$ 1,021.92-1,858.05
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 825.14 A$ 575.99-929.02
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 5,358.46 A$
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 4.43 3.80-5.15

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Last update: November 2018
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#Parris Duggan on Oct 25, 2018 :
my friend and i are wanting to move to sutherland eaerly next year, how much is a good cost for livng there per week
#Victor Patrick on Sep 14, 2018 :
I got admission into university of Sydney and I will like to stay off campus, please advise me on which area I can rent an apartment suitable for my studies. A single bedroom apartment. Thanks.
#Ken on Sep 14, 2018 :
I would say, 4000AUD a month should be ok for a single person. I pay 370$/week for a room in the city and spend around 300$/week for food, gym, mobile etc. If I go out for drink, 100$ is easy.
#toto on Aug 15, 2018 :
Hi to everyone,
I want to know what monthly salary is enough to live a normal life in Sydney?
#Cupid on Jun 14, 2018 :
I lived in Cairns, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.
The food prices in the supermarkets are the same, doesn't matter where you are.The prices indicated on the website are accurate.

Eating out, Cairns and Melbourne are very expensive, even the price of the daily lunch menu is way more than here.

In Sydney, I would say eating out at a normal bar/pub is quite reasonable compared to the other cities in Australia. Most places offer great deals, like $10 burgers and $12-15 steak, even at prime locations like Darling Harbour.

There are two expensive things in Sydney:

1. transportation
The first 8 rides are full prices, after the 8th the rides are at half prices. The weekly cap is around $60.
I live only 20 minutes away from work, however I have never payed less than the $60 cap.

2. Accommodation
If you are single, you need to be very well off to afford a 1 bedroom unit in the city. Below $500 per week without utilities it is impossible to find something.
Two-bedroom apartments are around $7-800 per week.

I work in an office in IT, my hourly wage is $25 which is quite average in an office environment. I work 37.5 hours a week, that equals to $937.5 per week, but this is before tax. My net wage is around $700 per week.

I rent a room in a 6 bedroom shared house for $250 including bills.
Mobile: $6 per week
Insurance: $12 per week
Transport: $60 per week

Total fix spending: $328 per week

Tax rates in 2018:
Tax rate


No tax


19c for each $1 over $18,200


$3,572 plus 32.5c for each $1 over $37,000
#Ashish on Jun 11, 2018 :
I am CA having experience of 7 years post qualification working with multinational company in India, whether any job for account people in Australia?
#AI on May 29, 2018 :
And taxes - kind of interesting system, gradebale. - check here your taxes.
#baba on May 27, 2018 :
Hi to everyone,
I want to know what monthly salary is enough to live a normal life in Sydney?
#Vitor on May 23, 2018 :

Hey man, your degree may not be recognized but PMP is international and I just got hired as a developer, so good news for IT. Lots of job in the area and a degree doesn't seem to be an issue.
The package I'm seeing through some jobs on linkedin, indeed and others range from 60-90k/year for mid level, 100-180k/year for senior and management roles. Good luck! By the way, try stackoverflow jobs!
#Daniel on Mar 28, 2018 :
Sorry, your ovearseas degrees/diplomas aren't recognized here in Australia.
There are no jobs in Sydney or anywhere in Australia unless you're in the medical or accounting fields.
#Anonymous on Mar 26, 2018 :
I'm single age of 35 and having of 4+ years experince in development sectors. I want to migrate in Aus for better job, may I have any chance without ielts
#SM on Jan 30, 2018 :
hi I am working with a Big4 in India with 5 years of work ex in the same firm. I am an MBA and have PMP certification. Looking to move to Sydney. How much package can i expect?
#Boss Hog on Nov 25, 2017 :
No jobs in Sydney or anywhere in Australia unless you're in the medical field or allied health.
#Burini on Sep 07, 2017 :
I'm a single 26 years old civil engr. (structural engr.) having 3.5years experience working in a precast company as a structural engr., I'm planning to migrate to Sydney within a year time,.. just asking about how easy I can get a job there in any of the reputed pre-cast companies! and what about salaries! are they good to cover my living expenses over there! just need your help in giving me a clear picture on the life expenses and other related things, etc.,..

Thanking you in advance.

Awaiting your reply/feedback, please.
#Thirusemmal Venkatesan on Jun 13, 2017 :
i gotta offer from a company located in sydney, (Level 23, Gateway, 1 Macquarie Place, Circular Quay, Sydney, NSW 2000, Australia) salary 3925AUD,
i am single, please anyone advise me the cost of living ( rent + food)/month.
#Sam on Mar 09, 2017 :
@Stana : Are you currently in Prague, Czech Republic?? And are you saying that a lot of thing in Australia (including lifestyle) is worse than in Czech Republic? How does Australia fare compared to other countries, such as the UK and Hungary??
#Matk on Nov 29, 2016 :
We have live in Sydney for 5 years. When we arrived it was expensive. Now property is unaffordable. It's increased by 70% in 4 years. Driven by Chinese investment and tax incentives for renting your property.
As a family we earn $250,000 per year before tAx but with 4 children cannot afford to save anything and will never be able to buy a house in a reasonable nice part of the city within 40 mins commute from the CBD.
LONDON is similar but have much better public transport infrastructure.
If you're coming from a city like London where your house is worth 1m pounds then you might be able to buy in a nice suburb. If not don't plan on staying. just come short term And enjoy the sunshine and beaches. But Sydney is not a great nightlife city. Go to Melbourne for that!
#firelitother on Oct 25, 2016 :
Hello guys. I am currently applying to a company based in Sydney for work. I am interested in building career capital first then accumulating money second. I am a software developer and I was wondering what would be a good rate to ask for in an interview when living in Sydney.
#Graham on Sep 29, 2016 :
wow Vanessa, you seem to contradict yourself in what you are looking for in a place. I have never heard anyone run Sydney down like that. It is still one of the best cities in the world and absolutely beautiful. I don't know why you would make out that it is so dangerous but yet you also complain that they cleaned up places like the cross. strange. maybe you haven't travelled much.
#popeye on Sep 09, 2016 :
Sydney is a bit like San Francisco or Vancouver, it's extremely expensive unless you move out in the housing estate suburbs which have their own set of issues...

The good spots of Sydney are expensive 3 to 70 million for a nice house, 700k ~ 2 million for a nice apartment/condo/unit/flat.

You can find cheaper but often it's in a not so good neighborhood..

That aside, lot's of people love living in Sydney..
#Anonymous on Sep 07, 2016 :
I just spoke with my cousin who I haven't heard from for yrs said that her son in law with duo degrees in engineering makes 300k in mismanagement position. That sounds too good to be true as I searched on the avg salary in Sydney. Is that possible? What is the avg salary for electrical engineer with duo degrees like? I think my cousin was exaggerating. What u all think?
#jagger on Aug 20, 2016 :
if i get hired in New South Wales, Australia, do you have a simple costing for my house(rent), food, transportation and miscellaneous expenses(e.i. sports leisure, restaurants, etc) per month?
#Auck to Syd on Aug 14, 2016 :
Been offered a job in Sydney. Moving from Auckland with 2 kids (4Y and 2Y). Are living expenses cheaper in Sydney than Auckland?
How about daycare? How much would I have to pay for daycare for a week?
What eould the average pay be for an Accountant with 10+ experiance.
#Oliver on Aug 06, 2016 :
How comfortable will be living in Sydney for one person with 100k$ annual average salary?
#Ali on Aug 05, 2016 :
I worked in Sydney as a Software Engineer for almost 6 years.
One factor this website doesn't count for is Job Security.
You might get a 100K+ job in Sydney but that might not last long.
For permanent and more secure jobs these days they're offering as low as 70K-80K package, for a senior software engineer.
#Bernadette on Jul 22, 2016 :
I have been living in Sydney outside Sydney in the 45 minutes by train on the Northside for over 20 years now and very nice area with bush views . Loved bringing my 3 children and finally paid off our loan 5 years ago and now had been buying and investing in property. If you work hard and know how to save, it's good living here . My 3 children's friends are all nice and no one take drugs not as much here. May be closer to the city and beaches , much more for younger teens and early 20s which is responsible. I used to live in Maroubra , the Rocks and Randwick , which is all close to the city and beaches when I was single but did not made friends who takes drugs or get drunk. You just be sensible .
I have travel most in the world and Sydney is home for me. May be Switserland is also a good country but to cold there. Some Scandamedian country is also a nice place to live...but still to cold for me .
Sydney is the best but expensive for the young to start. May be move to Adelaide which is a nice little quiet city to live and not to expensive. Tasmania is also a recommended city to live.
#Ahmed on Jun 13, 2016 :
Hey, I am a software engineer working on SAP having 10 years of experience in the same. I am planning to migrate
Australia. Appreciate your suggestions on jobs, cost of living and other things that to consider. Thanks in advance!

#Lion on May 17, 2016 :
I have been lived in Sydney for over 10 years. Gap between middle class is getting bigger than ever compared 10 years ago. Most of middle class bought their place or investing in properties would be much well off with increasing value of property in the past 4-5 years but for middle class chose to rent their place now they are worse than their peers

and yes if you are good enough landed a job in good corporate jobs -its not difficult to earn over 100k with 5-6 years experiences only then u can enjoy the goods of sydney.
#twiddle dee on Apr 25, 2016 :
thanks vanessa for your story.. gosh ... i suppose anywhere can be tough when you're going it alone and especially if you're on a budget

if you are wealthy then you're insulated from the drama of finding money for rent, bills, food, transport and pleasure.. the rich can live a party lifestyle in sydney, london, los angeles or new york

the thing is, whenever you go back to a place hoping it's like what it used to be years before.. usually it's a big disappointment.. everywhere is gentrified and over priced now.. and because rents are so high.. there's not the diversity on shops anymore..

what's the answer?
#Vanessa on Apr 21, 2016 :
Sorry to all you Sydney lovers,. Yes I was once a lover of Sydney too. I resided in Gould st Bondi Beach in 2001-2003. Great location and beautiful. Still is, but it's just overpriced now and very dangerous. I left Melbourne in 2015 in hope to find life,love and fun in Sydney how I remember it to once be., yes for 2 months I struggled but enjoyed my time there but realised after month 4, it was a memory that had died. It's a grotty place, the lock out laws are nonsense, creating problems for clubs and bars and any other form of nightlife. Kings cross is no longer the place it once was either, it seems like the entertaining parts of Sydney have all disappeared with the lock out law. The drug ice is at an all time high and the levels of mental health and violence are too. It's disappointing that the place overflows with so many people struggling to survive and live happily, many are now in financial strife and you have to share the rent with friends family or partners or complete er, strangers if you want to live in the eastern suburbs which in my opinion if you can't afford to live in the nicer parts such as Bondi, Randwick, Coogee, Zetlands, bronte etc.... Eh! Forget it. The place is prett much a hole. As much as I love it still, it literally burnt me out trying to keep expenses and bills low. Rentals.... Again. Shared., small, not that amazing or old studios. Overrun by Lebanese and middle easterners... For me Sydney just is not the place it used to be.. And it's never going to be again.
#Sammy on Apr 19, 2016 :
Sydney has it all ! From fine restaurants to the best movie cinemas and hotels. Prices differ from location to location. If your on holidays and looking for some interesting ways to spend some time, I'd recommend joining where you will find lots of interesting groups hosted by locals. If you've just moved here and own a car, why not join the and join the fun. There are various events throughout the year and joining only costs $99.
#secret life on Mar 30, 2016 :
I Love Sydney - and I have a secret too..

For the past year I have been clandestinely sleeping in my car at various locations around Sydney..

It's a brilliant way for a single person to live without the horrible expense of high rent, electricity, gas, water, ADSL Internet etc..

You have to be adaptable and adventurous to do this but hey.. it's a lifestyle choice for the budget minded..

I get to live in suburbs and locations where the average house is ten to twenty million dollars and I have the freedom to move around like a bird in flight..

Health and Hygiene

This is where you have to know your way around things...

discretion is needed and planning/preparedness is rewarded with success

rather than tell you all the ins and outs here.. there are plenty of "how to" videos on youtube..

It's not something I'd recommend for everyone obviously, but for the single person who's independent in mind, spirit and body and doesn't want to be tied-down to one spot... the why not consider being a clandestine sleeping in car person..

Would you consider doing it?
What would your concerns be?
Have you ever tried it?
What are the sleeping in car hacks you'd use?
Are there legal issues that raise red flags?
#Anonymous on Nov 12, 2015 :
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#Web Browsor on Aug 27, 2015 :
Hi, I started to know Sydney since 2000, the Olympic Games.

I remember AUD was in such a lower level comparing with USD.
The lowest point was around 2002. Friends & I enjoyed a lot in such dreaming university academic life (2002 - 2004) in Sydney.

I could rather say, nowadays Sydney property price in or near CBD is too high for young couples and of course for newly U Grad ready for white collar.

Remember even ready to be in professional career, you still need to go exams. & practices at least some years to go.

Before qualified, it's such an expensive city you live in!

Even Suburb property price started climbing since early-2014!

New comers if with limited budget, should consider a bit faraway 30km + from CBD...
#Magoo on Aug 13, 2015 :
Urban Camper that's ridiculous, as if we're going to live inside our car while we build a life in Sydney.. talk about uncomfortable and cramped it would be..

Even Air BnB might be a worthwhile alternative for those doing a short stay..
#urban camper on Jul 27, 2015 :
Hello there Internet peoples..

HOW TO LIVE RENT FREE in fabulous Sydney

That's what me and a friend have been doing for the past 6 months..

It's not hard to do .. but you need to have your wits about you..

Urban stealth camping (aka sleeping in your car..)

It doesn't have to be rough, in fact you can make your car like a little micro apartment or
mini mansion.. quite comfortable but it does have to be stealth..

1. Tinted windows
2. Keep your possessions out of sight
3. Vary your night time parking spot so as not to draw attention to yourself/vehicle
4. Know where it is safe to park and where to avoid
5. Avoid near schools, quiet residential streets, certain industrial estates,
and parks and recreational facilities. Many beaches are patrolled and should be avoided.
6. Best paces to park: outside/near churches, 24/7 supermarkets and convenient stores, places where you won't stand out.. possibly near freeways is a good idea (not on the freeway of course..)..

Arrive late after 10 or 11 pm and move on early around 5 or 6 am.

Don't park in the same spot more than one night every 3 or 4 days or per week..

Local swimming pools
Gym (membership)

Public spots
Nice Hotels
Gas stations

Living in a car is a bit like living on a house boat or in a caravan ...
You have to be able to adapt and not be a scardy cat.

Cars are obviously much smaller than vans and camper-vans and 4WD's but cars are less conspicuous
and more agile and cheaper to run..
#Jelena on Jul 25, 2015 :
Hi Richard, how can you live 100% rent free? I'm just curious. I loved Sydney and would like to live and work there for a while.
#Richard on Jul 24, 2015 :
My wife and I live in Sydney and are saving to buy a house, we both work full time (white collar) and made a vow not to pay rent. We live in the lower North Shore 100% rent free, we are saving about $1200 per week towards a property and have been for the last 12 months and will continue to do so for the next 3 years which should see us around the $350-400K mark in the bank (we invest also). We are both university educated and do not believe in renting, why should we pay a large proportion of our after tax salary for an investor owned property in addition to our tax dollars being provided to a landlord who most likely negative gears. It is just plain madness and would mean we retire with nothing.

If more people chose to make a stand and do what we are doing and comfortably REFUSE to rent then rental vacancies would increase and rents would start to fall, if enough of had the courage and vision the investor led boom could be reigned in and first home buyers could once again enter the market.
#Tom of The City on Jul 19, 2015 :
Stana they are interesting comments and I will provide my take on life in Australia.

You're right about houses/flats.. mine freezes in winter and boils in summer...

1. House prices are incredibly expensive.. $750K - $3M for a reasonable house in a nice and safer area. (apartments/flats $280K - $800K are available in suburbs..)

2. Eating out at restaurants and fast food joints is costly, especially restaurants..
Expect to pay $60 - $120 per person for a medium rated restaurant .. (drinks extra).

3. Electricity and Gas is very expensive because not only do you pay a premium for the usage but you also pay between $1.20 - $1.40 per day for each of the utilities PER DAY just for the connection fee.

4. The cities can be dangerous because of a) drugs, b) mental illness, c) angry and brutal people, d) thugs & crooks e) violence for no reason

Here's what is good once you understand survival in the urban jungle.

1. Public transport in cities like Melbourne is much better than what a lot of people think ..
It's much more affordable now that there was a restructure and if you buy a yearly ticket then it works out at less than $4 per day (full fare) for Unlimited Travel.

2. Suburbs with lot's of Indian/Sri Lankan immigrants have the best value for money restaurants at the best prices..
You can get lunchtime specials for Thali, rice and curry etc for $7 - $8, masala dosa for $7.50

3. If you avoid the trouble spots and avoid the usual risks (late night wandering and gallivanting in the city and parks and other risky places..) you can enjoy your life here.. the high cost of getting by can wear you down at times but that's also true of London, Los Angeles, New York and most other developed cities.

4. Australia has a very large mixed population of cultures, particularly Chinese and Indian but also extends to other Asian countries and other regions of the world.

5. Radio Broadcasting in the 1611 - 1701 kHz AM band is available for broadcast entrepreneurs wishing to construct a non-commercial radio station. Assignments depend on frequencies available in the area they wish to operate from. Currently country/regional Australia has frequency assignments available .. especially for 1692 and 1701 kHz AM.

6. Setting up business in Australia is relatively straightforward and the main thing is to register for GST and file your tax returns.

7. If you're smart, lucky and work hard and sensible with your money you can enjoy a nice comfortable lifestyle even if it is an expensive country.

8. Hot summers and cold winters... but Australia is a big country, if you want a tropical lifestyle then you can move north and enjoy that climate.
#Stana on Jul 10, 2015 :
I have travelled to Australia many times for leisure and business and honestly can't find a single reason why anybody would move there( to live permanently) unless you are coming from Syria or worse (if that place exists). Australia is the most over rated place in the universe. Sydney is dangerous place to live and it's now not just western Sydney where bullets fly every night. Racism (against white people) is rampant and I would never ever send my kids to most schools in Sydney. Yes nice beaches - as good as any around the world but you will sit 2 hours in traffic to get there and then fight (literary) to park your car somewhere. Everything is too expensive because business knows that there is nowhere else to go. Island mentality prevails and most people especially the ones that have never travelled outside OZ think that Australia is the pinnacle of all existence. this is in a country where most people live in houses that are not habitable in winter because of horrible minimum building standards. Most houses have single glazed windows - in 2015?!?!?!?!?!
Food is ok but the famous BBQ is just plain sausage on mostly gas BBQ's that will burn not cook it. Compared to let's say Argentina they have no idea about Bbq'ing meat. Most people there actually can not afford to buy quality meat. In a country surrounded by water fish meat regularly cost $30 a kilo or more.
Anyway just what I think. Stana, Prague CZ.
#Subbu on Jul 10, 2015 :
Hi, Im moving to Sydney with an offer of 70k (including Super) along with my wife. We are looking to rent a 2BHK apartment outside the CBD, maybe inner West or a little further. We plan t use the Public transport for the first few months and will eat out maybe once a week. With this income would we be able to save something and have a comfortable life (not flamboyant or luxurious)?
#Malika Tanzania on Jul 03, 2015 :
I love Sydney n I think if you want to live in such a lavish city you need to pick up your game, cnt wait to join Sydney ppl I'll be coming there next year to macquarie
#Invicta on Mar 27, 2015 :
J I read your comments and it made me smile... This notion of living the dream is so 70s..

Back then houses with pools and lot's of space could be had by almost anyone.. now it's a big ticket item.. I live in a 2 bedroom unit and that's a reality I am now used to.. it's no big deal.. If you want to laze in a pool then use a public one or zip down to the beach..

Switch your map of reality and learn to enjoy living in a smaller space, the big wide wonderful world is waiting for you just outside your door regardless...
#J on Mar 25, 2015 :
Rents are a joke in Sydney. 3k/month for a 3 bed place in Hornsby. It didn't have a pool!!

Your not living the aussie dream if your pad does not have a pool.

As a result, I turned my recent job offer down
#Mind Odyssey on Feb 25, 2015 :
I am the sort of person that can live on the smell of an oily rag (more or less), but people with an penchant for fancy cars, exotic holidays, flash apartments/houses, a taste for fine dinning, bar cocktails and café lounge society and to attend all the right sports, cultural and leisure events,weekends away and one or two annual long-distance exotic holiday experiences... will need a good healthy paycheck.. In fact I would say probably around $150+ plus..
#New Yorker on Feb 17, 2015 :
I'm 26 and currently working on my nursing degree to get my RN. I do have some other nursing experience . I currently live in NYC ( Manhattan) so kind of used to reduced spaces and high rent. However, nurses here make around 66-72K for starters ( American dollars) a year plus benefits which kinds of makes it up for it. I've been reading and I must say I'm a bit discouraged now. Any hope for me? Woukd I be able to live comfortably in Sydney or Melbourne?
Thank your for your help!
#JamJam on Feb 07, 2015 :
Of course a lot of people buy or rent apartments and their cost is considerably less... Also, if you choose to live further out in a suburb like Blacktown which is approx 35 km from Sydney central business district (CBD) you can buy houses anywhere from $300k - $600k or rent 3 bedroom houses for around $360 - $420 per week.

So you can live in Sydney more affordably so long as you realise you won't be in the 5 star locations.

Here are some reviews

Note: I do not live in Sydney but I did a quick but of research...
#Phil on Feb 07, 2015 :
Just a brief comment based on the posts I have seen here. I came to Sydney in 1978. Most of the questions I see here seem more appropriate to a much earlier era. That dream is decades gone. The accommodation and satisfactory wage level situation in Sydney is dire. Come and try it here if you have a good deal but don't burn your bridges

Don't come to Sydney if you expect to start at the top. Most people start at the bottom and remain there. Sydney is not the land of opportunity. It is extremely expensive. For my house in outer Sydney I could buy two fairly new six bedroom brick houses in New England USA at a similar commuting distance. I have a fibro house with two bedrooms

I know this is bad news for many who dream of a better life. It may well be better but don't expect miracles. I would estimate a comfortable wage in Sydney would be around 300K for a couple living together - servicing a housing loan on a decent house anywhere near the centre would cost around 1000dollars per week without paying off a cent of capital - double it and triple it for a more middle class suburb, search Mosman or Randwick or Rose Bay to get an idea of how expensive "middle class" is in Sydney, mostly reasonable houses costing 2.5 million upwards.
#Gleb on Jan 24, 2015 :
Hi all! Need a piece of advice about Sydney cost of living and stuff.
We are a family of three from Russia. Me(28), being an IT guy (prev. long history of System administrating. Now about 4 years of management/coordinating positions in IT integration/banking ), my wife(29), being a doctor (neurologist. medical residency finished in 2011. yeah-yeah, i know the sad part about passing exams and internship for her or she won't be allowed to practice) and our wonderfull son, who turns 1 in several weeks (no degree yet %) ).

Being dissapointed with goverment actions we are planning to move out soon, using visa subclass 189, applying for permanent residenship. Since we have some friends in Sydney + it seems like a tough place, but having lots of opportunities, we are concentrating on Sydney.

From what i see, from different sites, i can try to get from 60k (if not lucky enough and will be able to find smth only in system administration and will qualify low (had no practice for a long time now - management work, blah-blah-blah)) to 80-90k (if lucky enough to get an IT junior management job). I would like to continue to develop myself to management, but ready to return to "ground-level". Since I'm a newcomer and being a realist i understand that i may be not the best catch for an employer, without having some Australian work experience.

So, starting from this info, what do you think about comfort level we can get? My friends in Sydney get 70k and after taxes, renting out 1 bdrm in Meadowbank, renting a car, food and some fun expenses, he even has around 1k free.
Of course we have a lot of hopes for my wife to get her degree approved and after that, i think, everything will start to be ok, but some time will pass before that. She needs to upgrade her english level, to study for exams...

Will be thankfull for any comments! Have a nice day!
#Micro Processor on Jan 18, 2015 :
Sydney is a lively, fun, exciting, dangerous, wicked, crooked, expensive and amazing place to live.If you can land yourself a reasonable white collar job then you'll be set on a path of good living and able to save money, buy a house/apartment, new model car and live the dream..

If you're a bit further down on the corporate ladder and you're wearing closer to blue collar then be prepared to struggle to save money
and buying a house/apartment may be difficult...

If you're a contractor, plumber, electrician, house painter, roof tiler, builder or renovator then you can make a very comfortable living
and find yourself able to afford a nice house, car and lifestyle.

If you're a taxi driver, cafe/restaurant worker, shop assistant, courier driver then you're gonna have to share accommodation as rents in Sydney are
damn high..

If you're on a low hourly rate then make sure you work extra hours.. do as much overtime and weekend work as possible and shift work pays better.. (penalty hours) .. make up the difference by working longer hours...

If you're a real estate developer, property flipper, landlord with a dozen or more properties then you're on easy street...

Doctors, Nurses, Dentists, Lawyers, Accountants, Bankers, Listed Company Directors, Police/Fire/Ambulance/Council/Public Transport workers all make good money... $100K to $1,000.000 depending on how high you go...
#Marko on Jan 14, 2015 :
I am planing to go in Sydney in Aprill with work holiday visa. I'm from Croatia and i have high school of economic. My question is what job can i find there with high school and what salary?
#Sydneydetails on Dec 21, 2014 :
hi Guys
I find this forum very helpful as i have been offered a job in sydney recently and wanted to know how much compensation will be sufficient to live a healthy standard of living.
Earning - approx $6500 will it be sufficient to get a decent place to rent near cbd. I dint drink or smoke so given the deatls above i think it should turnout well. Can someone living in sydney help answer my question, please.
#Zinat on Nov 10, 2014 :
Hi, I am wondering if any body can provide me information regarding elementary school enrollment.
1) if a child born on March 2008, which grade she supposed to be in Australian education system?
2) what are the processes?
3)when is the starting day of a new school year in Australia?

Thanks in advance.
#Miles on Nov 08, 2014 :
Thanks a lot brother (Nugegoda is a state of mind...).I really appreciate the words you've said.Wish you good luck!!! :)

many regards
#Nugegoda is a state of mind... on Nov 08, 2014 :
Hi Miles, there's opportunities in the music business in Sydney and Melbourne and really anywhere now because it's no longer
run by local distributors and manufactures but has pretty well gone over to the Internet with iTunes, Spotify etc..

So you could be anywhere ... as long as you're making the right music and get lucky along the way.

Luck does play a part and if you work hard and long enough you're eventually bound to get lucky...

Sydney is an expensive town and if you're a little more on the broke side then you're gonna have to house/room share
because rents are damn high.

Sydney is a vibrant city with lot's of social elements as well as corporate ladder climbing and the chase for money...

Good luck and I hope you too get lucky !!! :)
#muhammad khaleel on Nov 07, 2014 :
hi guys, i am M.Sc. (Hons.) Agriculture. i am agriculturalist and planning to move to Australia because Australian agriculture, climate and economy is attracting me. currently i am nor sure about job situations in Australia, can any body guide me about agricultural jobs market and which region is more privileged by agriculture? further more how i can get low cost accommodations on arrival in Australia.
muhammad khaleel
#Miles on Nov 05, 2014 :
Thanks a lot for your kind words buddy (Boy from Nugegoda).There's one more thing I needed to know brother.Are there no opportunities for band music in Sydney?
Will I be able to make money through creating new EDMs'(Electronic Dance Music)?
If yes,then how much it could be per month?
So,you're tellin' me not to come to Sydney but aren't there any opportunities for musicians' in Sydney?
Is it only possible in Melboune?

By the way,your words were pretty clear and inspirable as well.That really helped me to paint a picture about the present condition of Melboune music industry.Hope your words would come true that someday I got a chance to make millions. :p

many many regards