Considering moving to Melbourne?
So you’re about to move to one of the greatest cities in the world. Everything you’d want in terms of culture, dining, shopping, education, cosmetic procedures and bespoke cocktails is right here.
But with all of the perks of living in Melbourne come some downsides–such as the high cost of living and our insanely expensive and lets not forget our competitive real estate market.
Here’s how to think like a Melbournian and hit the ground running:
- How convenient is the area when it comes to public transport? If you’re more than a 5- or 10-minute walk from the train station, there usually a bus nearby. Remember Melbourne has free trams around CBD or daily bike hire available around town. Taxis around the central business district of Melbourne is easy as there are many taxi ranks around town. Getting taxis in the suburbs is a simple phone call away and a taxi will come to your location.
- What are your food options? Take advantage of the city’s culinary scene, you’ll want to move into a place with a lot of great restaurants (check blogs like Urban Spoon to get a sense of hot foodie neighborhoods). But if you love to cook or want to save some cash on food, make sure there’s a supermarket somewhere nearby. Coles and Woolworths are specialty supermarkets abound in Melbourne whom also do home delivery.
- Victorian drivers licence: If you hold an overseas drivers licence and want to drive a vehicle in Victoria you will have to get in touch with VicRoads to issue you a temporary or full drivers licence before you can drive. Click here for more info.
- What are the schools like? If you are moving here with kids that you plan on sending to public school, your real estate search will take on an additional layer of complexity. Our Real Estate buyer’s agents can help you target a property considering your kids schooling requirements. For more school info, go to the Department of Education’s web page enables you to search detailed profiles of Australian schools simply by entering a school’s name, suburb or postcode. From there you can find out statistics about your zoned school and more.
- How safe is a neighborhood? You can always check the official Victoria Police website for crime statistics, but the best way to get a sense of how comfortable single women/kids/others feel in the neighborhood is to ask someone who lives there.
- Shipping your stuff over to Melbourne: Taking the bare minimum and just spend an afternoon at IKEA is a great way to save allot of money. Otherwise importing furniture in shipping crates give Shiprite Intentional a call, they normally respond with a written quote within the hour.
- How easy is it to find a parking spot? The answer is Melbourne City is probably not very. That is if you plan to have a car (which, again, you probably don’t need). If you decide to park your car in a car park, be sure to factor monthly fees peak and off peak rates, $400-$500 month is not unusual.
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