Find practical information and advice to help you find accommodation in Brisbane, one of the favorite Australian destinations for expats.
Brisbane is a quite popular city for expats from around the world. However, finding a home can be complicated. Prices are quite high compared to other cities and you may have to wait some time before finding the accommodation that suits you best.
The different housing options are renting apartments or houses, and flat sharing. You can also stay as a paying guest if you're a student, if you are moving alone or if you are looking for an economic option.
Good to know:
Every Saturday morning, Brisbane real estate agencies offer tours around the available housing in the city. You can join in if you are already in Brisbane.
First of all, you must determine the type of accommodation you are looking for: set the number of rooms you need and your budget. If you want to live alone or with family, choose a house or an apartment. Otherwise, you can find a roommate which is a very economical way to stay in Brisbane. For students, host families remain the most popular option, especially if you only stay for a few months.
You should also identify the area in which you would like to settle. The city center of Brisbane, the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast are the most suitable neighborhoods to live in. To rent an apartment, you will need an average of AUS$ 150 per week and an average of AUS$ 200 per week for a house.
In Brisbane, the rent has to be paid every two or four weeks by bank transfer or by deposit.
Where to look for?
You will find listings of houses and apartments for sale or rent in the local newspapers and on the Internet. You can see a real estate agent who will find you a home matching your criteria. You can also wander around residential areas in order to identify "for rent" or "for sale" posters or signs.
Here are some links that will help you in your search:
Buy a house
If you want to buy a house, some restrictions may apply if you are not a permanent resident in Australia. To know more about the regulations regarding the purchase of real estate, please visit the Foreign Investment Review Board website.