Where To Live In Sydney
Sydney is one of the wealthiest cities in Australia located on the south-east coast. Undoubtedly, Sydney ranks among the top global cities in the world. With warm summers and mild winters, there are more people coming to this friendly place. Inhabitants of Sydney are called Sydneysiders. When you come here, you can see people from all over the world. With such a big population, the rent is apparently not cheap here, especially for overseas students. This article gives you information on some well known locations in Sydney areas.
Because Sydney is such a prosperous city, the rent here is extremely high, especially for international students who mostly are still supported by their parents financially. Depending on the areas, the prices fluctuate drastically. In the CBD area, it's the most expensive and normally far away from most universities. Hence, overseas students rarely live in this area or they share rooms to reduce the rent. Some students prefer to live in the CBD because the salaries there are normally higher or simply because they enjoy the busy atmosphere of the area. On the other hand, other overseas students prefer to live closed to their universities. For single rooms, it's around $200/week (5 min walking to univ) or $150/week (40 min walking to univ). Again, these are all relative figures which are subject to change based on areas. Because of this, many students rent rooms closed to the university and share. For double rooms, it might be $250/week or $125/week/person. Some even stay farther from their universities and have to take trains or buses to go there.
Cabramatta is famous as the place for Vietnamese people. It has such a large Vietnamese population that when you walk around its main market area, you will hardly see an English sign. Moreover, the number of people speaking Vietnamese at home (34%) was three times higher than the number of people speaking English only (11%). With such a rich Vietnamese culture, apparently many Vietnamese people prefer to stay there. Likewise, China Town and Eastwood are famous as the place for Chinese people. With the low prices of all commodities, Asian people mostly come there for shopping.
Other locations you might consider are:
+ Homebush: a quiet place and has good public transport.
+ Parramatta: very modern and seems to be busy all the time with good shopping.
+ Auburn, Lidcombe, Granville are more like Muslim areas.
Regarding public transportation, train and bus fares increase every year. In 2012, in average, students spend around $26 - $30/week for transport tickets. Keep in mind that it still depends on your location and what you usually do. As an overseas student, you have to pay the full amount for public transport whereas local students can pay half of the fees. You can show your student card to get discount when buying train or bus tickets though. However, if you are caught, you will be fined heavily around $200.