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Moving to Sydney— You’ve made the right decision

Published on Jun 29, 2020 by Kfir Cohen

If you are planning to move to Sydney, you have made an excellent decision. If It’s among the highly preferred places in the world and among the top relocation destination. Around 40% of the population of Sydney is from abroad. This place is known for its blissful weather, culture, food, and a better lifestyle, different from the hustle-and-bustle of other cities.

Moving to Sydney from the US is not that difficult. We will cover everything that you need to know before you pack your bag and take the flight. One advantage you will have in Australia is the currency rate. 1 US dollar equals approximately 1.46 Australian dollars, and we can count it as an advantage.

Another significant advantage you will have while moving to Australia is the support of overseas residents’ networks. Australia is known for its helping gestures towards migrants. 

Relocating Options to Sydney

You have multiple relocating options to Sydney as the Australian government provides numerous visa options for migrations. The first kind of relocation facility is for job professionals. If you have a job letter from a company located in Sydney, the entire process will become easier. You need to have complete documentation like a job offer letter to apply for this option.

If your spouse lives in Australia or New Zealand, the government has a special visa for them. You can apply for this visa to relocate to Sydney. For this, you need to be an outsider from Australia and New Zealand to be eligible. We recommend you plan it as advance as possible to avoid any kind of hassle.

If you are a non-English speaker, you will be assessed through standardized tests like IELTS. But this should not be a significant issue as you can quickly get this certification.

The Thing To Know Before Moving To Sydney

Before you move to Sydney, you need to know some primary and general things that will help you once you reach there. 

  • The weather in Sydney varies a lot, and it’s a hot country. The temperature sometimes touches 40 degrees.
  • Once you get permanent residency, you will be eligible for free healthcare, known as Medicare. 
  • If you are into smoking, you need to pay a bit more here. For one pack of cigarettes, you need to spend at least $30. 
  • Jaywalking in Australia is punishable, and you need to pay a fine for crossing a road without any Zebra line. This country takes the safety of people very seriously. 
  • Australia pays the highest minimum wage to its workers, so people want to move to this country. 
  • If you love snow, you will love Australia as the Australian Alps gets more snow than Switzerland, and it’s a haven for all snow sports lovers.
  • You will need sunscreen; the sunshine in Australia is intense during Sumer because the earth’s ozone layer is particularly thin over Australia. It increases your risk of skin burns and skin cancer because more of the sun’s harmful UV rays reach the ground. So do not hesitate to splurge on sunscreens and keep them with you at all times for your top-ups.
  • If you are a beach lover, you may never want to leave Sydney. The city has countless beautiful beaches perfect for every activity you can think of. Are you into surfing? Or do you want a lazy escape from your problems? There is a beach for you.
  • If you are a permanent resident, you access Australia’s free healthcare system. If you are a temporary visitor from the Uk or New Zealand, you also have access to free healthcare. Foreign students studying must have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) insurance for their whole trip. OSHC covers doctor visits, some medical treatments, and prescriptions. Before applying to study in Australia, speak to your university or school for help with OSCH.
  • Sydney has several modes of transport to get you around the city. They include buses, a railway network, a metro, ferries, and of course, Uber. New to the city and getting lost all the time? Apps like AnyTrip and Citymapper to help you get around the city and plan your route. You can use an Opal card or contactless debit card to pay for your trips.
  • You may be used to shops operating till late in the night in your home country, but don’t expect shops in Sydney to do the same. A typical closing time for most shops is 5:30pm during the week, 5pm on weekends, and there is late night shopping on Thursdays, but it is over at 9pm. On the other hand, Cafes close by 4pm on weekends, so make early plans if you want some coffee and pastries.
  • Most people assume Australia is hot all year round. Well, Australia gets really cold during Winter. So do not forget to pack a winter coat because you may freeze to death.
  • It’s no surprise Sydney is listed as one of the expensive cities in the world. Thought New York was insanely expensive, well try Sydney. The cost of living is high, and that includes housing. The cost of rent is steep, and it is near impossible to buy a house in Sydney. Housing can cost anything from $700K + for a 1 bed in a decent area.
  • See much of the world if you can because it is expensive to leave Australia.
  • It is easy to make new friends and settle in because the locals are amiable and welcoming to foreigners.
  • If you are health conscious and want to stay fit, you will fit right in because many people in Sydney love to work out and live a healthy lifestyle. 
  • Aussies drive on the left and walk on the left too. There are rules that back it up unless you are on the escalator.
  • Aussie love meat. Australians consume more meat than any other country in the world. But don’t worry if you are vegan, you will not be alone; about 5.5% of the population are vegans.
  • Prepare to get used to Vegemite. It is a bitter, black paste and a vital part of any typical Aussie’s life reportedly found in 90% of households.
  • If you are a coffee enthusiast, you might want to bag an Aussie citizenship. Sydney has a vibrant coffee culture, and they demand and appreciate good coffee. 
  • English is the official language of Australia, and so is the slang. If you want to mingle with locals, you might have to learn a thing or two. It is pretty simple, just cut the second half off any word and then add an ‘o’ or ‘y’ at the end. For example, ‘Afternoon’ becomes ‘arvo’ and ‘ambulance’ becomes ‘ambo.’

Costs and tips before moving to Sydney

Coming to buying or renting a home, Sydney is slightly on the expensive side. If you plan to rent a one-bedroom flat in the City Centre area, the prices are around A$ 2,000. Whereas, if you need a bigger house or kids, you will quickly get a three-bedroom apartment for around A$ 3,600.

Planning to buy your own property in Sydney, the rates here starts from A$9,000 per square meter. So it’s 32.81% more expensive than New York to rent or buy a property, to give you a rough comparison.

One tip to save money on property is to go for a shared room if you are single. You will find a lot of well-shared spaces in any area of the city. However, beachside residences are much more expensive than city-centered areas. So, a quick tip to save money on property is to search residents in places like Charmhaven or Tregear.

International Moving Services to Sydney

Before packing your bags, knowing what’s allowed and practical to ship to Sydney is essential. For example, we recommend you not send any heavy electronic appliance to Sydney like television, washing machine, or an oven. 

Australia has a voltage rate of 230V as compared to 120V in the USA. Most of the heavy devices won’t work in Sydney. It’s better to sell them before you leave the country. You can carry portable devices like your laptop, tables, speakers, and phones as they can be used through an adapter. 

If you are carrying alcohol or a cigarette, check their customs website to know the allowed limit. You can only bring one unopened pack of cigarettes under the tax-free slab. If you are unsure what to pack and what to leave, just contact us, and our team will help you prepare a quick list.

Moving and Shipping Costs to Sydney from the USA

Moving and shipping costs to Sydney vary from what and how much you ship. On average, the household shipping charges from the USA to Sydney would be around $4,500 or more.

The prices vary by factors like how much you carry, from where the goods are shipped and delivered. It’s better to have shipping quotes for at least three to four companies to compare prices. It will give you a clear idea of the average shipping cost. The price can also vary depending upon the additional services like goods insurance or priority shipping.

Moving to Sydney with SDC International Shipping Company

SDC International Company is among the top award-winning shipping companies in America that offer fast, secure, and affordable international moving and shipping services from the US to worldwide. 

Contact us to get a quick free custom quote for your household shipping to Sydney. We follow the best safety and social distancing practices to ensure seamless shipping at your doorsteps. Call us or fill the contact form, and our team will get in touch with you soon. Happy Shippings With SDC International!

By Kfir Cohen

Kfir Cohen is handling global operations, cargo shipping, negotiation, and management of different suppliers around the world. He has more than 15 years of experience in the avant-garde of relocation and the sea/air freight business.
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