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Moving to Sydney

With its glorious beaches and year long sunshine, Sydney is a popular choice for expats. As the corporate hub of Australia, it offers many career opportunities for expats combined with an abundance of lifestyle choices.

To help you move and settle into your new home city, we have assembled a team of handpicked and stingingly vetted service providers that specialise in assisting expats living in Sydney.


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Top 5 tips for expats moving to Sydney

Surrounded by the coastline on the east and rich forest on the west, you can go surfing in the morning and bushwalking in the afternoon, the lifestyle choices in Sydney are abundant.

Below are the top 5 insider tips for expats moving to Sydney

Finding a place to live
Accommodation in Sydney is competitive and highly priced. The closer you are to the city centre, the more you should expect to pay for housing. The outer suburbs do provide more affordable options but as the city is where the majority of professionals work you have to be prepared for a longer commute.

Getting around Sydney
Public transport is recommended for commuting as traffic congestion during the morning and evening peak hour is high. If you are close to the city, the bus and train system are readily available and sufficient to get around. Those living in the suburbs will need a car to travel.

Access to healthcare
Australia’s Medicare system provides mostly free healthcare for residents. It is advisable that you check whether you will be able to access the healthcare system based on your visa type. To avoid long waiting lists it is recommended that expats take out private health cover.

Cost of living
Although salaries in Sydney are the highest in the country, the cost of living is also comparatively high. A large contributor to this is housing and if you are willing to live further from the city your household income will go further.

Get ready to BBQ
Australians love to BBQ. It is a big part of Australian social culture. From the bacon in the morning to sausages at lunch or steak for dinner, the BBQ is a staple. Don’t be surprised when invited for a weekend BBQ lunch, this is a regular occurrence in Sydney.

Meet your Sydney Team Co Group Leaders

Matthew Marcarian

Having lived in Singapore as an expat for 5 years, Matt knows firsthand what is involved in moving to a new city with a family.

His role as a Co Group leader of our Sydney E-Team is to ensure your move to Sydney is pain-free and easy.

Matt is here to help you get in touch with reputable service providers while you are in Sydney.


Steve Wilding

As an expat from England, Steve knows firsthand the challenges expats encounter when moving to Sydney with a young family. 

Drawing on his years of experience at reputable moving companies helping expats relocate internationally, he is uniquely positioned to assist you in your move and with settling in to your new life in Sydney.

As our Sydney E-Team Co-leader, Steve can connect you with other E-Team members and introduce you to favourite expat spots in Sydney.

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