Tuesday, December 29, 2009

How expensive is Sydney?

Very, very expensive.

While I dont want to run it down or put you off. Please please be aware its as bad as London. Property is through the roof! -Everywhere!

If you want something cheap - be prepared to commute at least 1.5 hours or more.

Do not expect to come here with no cash or deposit and find something easily.

A 4 bedroom house in n hour of Sydney starts at 450k for the worst and goes up sharp from there.

Food is expensive - wth - $5 fro a mango. - drive out for an hour and get a tray for $8 - wtf?

Everything costs here.

3 month electricity for family of 5 with pool - $950

family of 5 - food bills $1000 minimum..

ciao for now


  1. is cheap if you are Carlos Slim

  2. Could not agree more- we are in lavender bay and our rent is $3300/month for a 1.5 bedroom apartment!!!! Food is crazy!!!

  3. For a single person living in Sydney,N.S.W Australia.
    Rent $1100 per fortnight ,and that's living in an average crappy house built in the 70's or older.
    Too buy an average house: $750,000 and up.
    Travel to and from work fuel for one week: $140.(don't include the weekend)
    Food $150 a week (that's just the bare basics)
    Basic Night out on the cheap: $150 (drinks,food and travel)
    Electricity: $400 every three months. Our electricity will be going up again in July. If you can afford to travel after all the bills and high taxes you have to pay in Australia,i find that its much cheaper( and more fun!) to holiday overseas,particularly Asia,Eastern Europe and North America. I hope Ive helped out here.

  4. July 2019, single man in late 30s

    Rent in Harris Park for a 2 bedroom with small hall and a tiny kitchen ( size of the bedrooms ultra small - if you place a queen bed, no chance to install a wardrobe for clothes!) - $400 pw
    Fuel for Travel to work per week (no weekends) - $60 pw
    Fuel for Travel for leisure in weekends - $20 pw
    Basic food from food chains - $150 pw
    Electricity per quarter - $350 (no AC !!, just blower heater in one room for the winter)
    internet and phones - $20 pw
    Gym, Swimming pool, Coffees daily - $70 pw
    Leisure activities in the weekend + some food outdoors - $60 pw
    Car regos and maintenance distributed per week - $50 pw

    So, seems like the bare minimum, for a single person is not less than $ 900 pw.
    And when we start adding (if any) school / nanny fees, extra curricular activities for the kids and what not that I already missed, it will be really expensive blue sky and beaches down here in Sydney.

    Lots of people I know make $1100 net on average in best case. This is non qualified job, labour work. For qualified , if you are lucky to get after arrival you might go up to $1500 and just a bit more.

    But then comes the mortgage eventually, car credits and many more for a normal family.

    Those prices / costs definitely are unreasonably and unnecessary high, for the quality of services, life and etc.

    I come from Europe and I can say, Sydney does not give back for the energy and resources we put in. Maybe once it was...but I was not here.


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