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Old Jan 18th 2005, 12:33 am
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Well I've been in Sydney now about a week and just started work. Living in a corporate apartment until I figure out where I want to live and get a place. So right now feeling a bit lost, don't know anyone and finding it quite boring with no one to talk to. It's been better since starting work, but there isn't a great sense of community here and people don't seem to socialise.

So how did new movers, particularly those single, get started on integrating themselves into a new place? There are plenty things I want to do (e.g. sailing, diving, etc) that I know I will meet people through, some of which isn't really possible until I get sorted with a place and my stuff arrives from the UK. This will get better - just wondering what others did in their first weeks?

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Well I've been in Sydney now about a week and just started work. Living in a corporate apartment until I figure out where I want to live and get a place. So right now feeling a bit lost, don't know anyone and finding it quite boring with no one to talk to. It's been better since starting work, but there isn't a great sense of community here and people don't seem to socialise.

So how did new movers, particularly those single, get started on integrating themselves into a new place? There are plenty things I want to do (e.g. sailing, diving, etc) that I know I will meet people through, some of which isn't really possible until I get sorted with a place and my stuff arrives from the UK. This will get better - just wondering what others did in their first weeks?

Cheers,
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Mate, you ought do do a few dives with hired gear, sure it will cost a bit more but it will get you going on the social scene.
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Well I've been in Sydney now about a week and just started work. Living in a corporate apartment until I figure out where I want to live and get a place. So right now feeling a bit lost, don't know anyone and finding it quite boring with no one to talk to. It's been better since starting work, but there isn't a great sense of community here and people don't seem to socialise.

So how did new movers, particularly those single, get started on integrating themselves into a new place? There are plenty things I want to do (e.g. sailing, diving, etc) that I know I will meet people through, some of which isn't really possible until I get sorted with a place and my stuff arrives from the UK. This will get better - just wondering what others did in their first weeks?

Cheers,
Jamie

hi Jamie,

Renths suggestion is a good one, something that I did also. It does depend on your interests, but I joined the local gym, a running club and a Touch Footy team. Work, like you say will help with the social side of thing. Also, what about going to one of the Expat meets in your area - I like to have Aussie friends, but its nice to talk to people who know what Tescos and "soccer" is as well
There's a meet in the Botanical Gardens on Feb 20th, see here for details.

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Can't be easy being on your own. You need to get out and get involved in something. Diving is a good one, where in Syndey are you? Someone might be able to recommend a dive shop or even join you on one. I've used Dive Centre Bondi and DC Manly - both are good places for local dives. We're not planning any at the moment what with xmas bills to pay and all.

Also have a look at the Sydney 2005 meet next month, posted here recently. We made some good friends through a meet.

One other option, if you are near the beach and reasonably fit, try the local SLC. They are likely to be looking for volunteers, we saw some training near us the other day. Could be fun and rewarding too.
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Yeah I'll be going to the meet next month. It's only a few weeks until my stuff arrives from the UK (and all my dive gear) and I'm hoping to have a place sorted to live by then too.

Guess I've been in a bit of a state of shock for a few days and now need to get my arse in gear about settling in.
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Hi Jamie,
All of the above are great. Just wanted to say that I hope you start finding your feet soon as it can be a lonely experience. I'm sure you'll be meeting loads of people at all the clubs suggested. What part of Sydney are you in?
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At the moment I am staying in Chatswood and working in North Ryde. By the end of the week I should be mostly working near the airport (Mascot).

I'm currently trying to decide where to live though, I doubt Chatswood. I need to be able to get to Mascot in the south and Chatswood/North Ryde in the north. Ideally anywhere near a train line would be good. Hopefully in the next week or two I should get a better idea or what areas are like.

It is a lonely experience at first, something I really didn't consider enough. Still I'll get thro it and thanks for the help
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Originally Posted by jamieo70
At the moment I am staying in Chatswood and working in North Ryde. By the end of the week I should be mostly working near the airport (Mascot).

I'm currently trying to decide where to live though, I doubt Chatswood. I need to be able to get to Mascot in the south and Chatswood/North Ryde in the north. Ideally anywhere near a train line would be good. Hopefully in the next week or two I should get a better idea or what areas are like.

It is a lonely experience at first, something I really didn't consider enough. Still I'll get thro it and thanks for the help
I don't think anyone can help with areas (apart from suggestions). At the end of the day it depends if you want to be near the beach, what hobbies you have etc. Why don't you put a post on here to see if anyone wants to meet up for a drink with you in a certain area. I know most people are couples but its worth a try and then you get to meet people through people etc. I live in Western Sydney and way out of your area otherwise me & hubbie would've come out to get you out of the apartment.
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Originally Posted by jamieo70
At the moment I am staying in Chatswood and working in North Ryde. By the end of the week I should be mostly working near the airport (Mascot).

I'm currently trying to decide where to live though, I doubt Chatswood. I need to be able to get to Mascot in the south and Chatswood/North Ryde in the north. Ideally anywhere near a train line would be good. Hopefully in the next week or two I should get a better idea or what areas are like.

It is a lonely experience at first, something I really didn't consider enough. Still I'll get thro it and thanks for the help
PM me if you want to meet at the Maquarie Centre for lunch.
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PM me if you want to meet at the Maquarie Centre for lunch.
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Originally Posted by jamieo70
At the moment I am staying in Chatswood and working in North Ryde. By the end of the week I should be mostly working near the airport (Mascot).

I'm currently trying to decide where to live though, I doubt Chatswood. I need to be able to get to Mascot in the south and Chatswood/North Ryde in the north. Ideally anywhere near a train line would be good. Hopefully in the next week or two I should get a better idea or what areas are like.

It is a lonely experience at first, something I really didn't consider enough. Still I'll get thro it and thanks for the help
Have you looked at Kirribilli / Milsons Point? Plenty of rental places around there. We had a place on Kirribilli Ave, 2 doors up from Johnnie H when we first arrived. 2.5 bed with Opera House views for $350.
Easy access to Milsons Point station, on the line to Chatswood and the city stations. Ferry access to the city. Good restaurants and pubs, the Olympic pool and gym, Luna Park, and harbour views. It has a city village feel to the place, only down sides are parking and keeping cool in the summer heat.
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Have you looked at Kirribilli / Milsons Point? Plenty of rental places around there. We had a place on Kirribilli Ave, 2 doors up from Johnnie H when we first arrived. 2.5 bed with Opera House views for $350.
Easy access to Milsons Point station, on the line to Chatswood and the city stations. Ferry access to the city. Good restaurants and pubs, the Olympic pool and gym, Luna Park, and harbour views. It has a city village feel to the place, only down sides are parking and keeping cool in the summer heat.
Yes Kirribilli does seem an ideal place, I spent Sunday walking around there and it seems perfect. I will get a car, but as public transport here is so cheap and seems good, it would be a shame not to use it. For those thinking of coming out to Oz, AUD32 gets you a weekly pass for all trains, buses and ferries in the central Sydney area - that extends out as far as the airport. It doesn't cost a lot more for further distances.

I'm looking for a 2 bed place myself and can pay upto $500/wk, so should get something nice from looking on domain.com.au. It's just picking the area...

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Yes Kirribilli does seem an ideal place, I spent Sunday walking around there and it seems perfect. I will get a car, but as public transport here is so cheap and seems good, it would be a shame not to use it. For those thinking of coming out to Oz, AUD32 gets you a weekly pass for all trains, buses and ferries in the central Sydney area - that extends out as far as the airport. It doesn't cost a lot more for further distances.

I'm looking for a 2 bed place myself and can pay upto $500/wk, so should get something nice from looking on domain.com.au. It's just picking the area...

Jamie
Do you still have to pay the rediculous platform charges ($10 if I remember rightly) on the airport line? It is ashame that North Ryde is not on a train line. Bondi Junction is another suggestion as there is a bus to Mascot from there as well as access to the trains. Other than that the areas on the way to the airport aren't too great. Bondi to North Ryde (driving) takes 45 mins if you leave at 7am. Any later and the qs start to build at Lane Cove and the Harbour Tunnel. Bondi to the airport takes about 20 - 30 mins. Your budget should get you something decent. Saturdays SMH has the biggest rental property listing.
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Also try:
realestate.com.au
justlisted.com.au
cracker.com.au

Sign up for their alert services and you'll get bombarded with emails telling you of new properties that meet your criteria. Also means that you could get a heads up before people who rely on the Saturday paper listings.

Bit of a drag looking for somewhere without a car. They all have open viewings around the same time and you've got to get from A to B in 5 mins.
Maybe rent a car for a few days to help.

Also call the agents and ask all the questions they haven't answered in the ad. Saves wasted effort going to somewhere that definitely isn't right.
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Do you still have to pay the rediculous platform charges ($10 if I remember rightly) on the airport line? It is ashame that North Ryde is not on a train line. Bondi Junction is another suggestion as there is a bus to Mascot from there as well as access to the trains. Other than that the areas on the way to the airport aren't too great. Bondi to North Ryde (driving) takes 45 mins if you leave at 7am. Any later and the qs start to build at Lane Cove and the Harbour Tunnel. Bondi to the airport takes about 20 - 30 mins. Your budget should get you something decent. Saturdays SMH has the biggest rental property listing.
Ok thanks. Yes, initially I had been thinking of Bondi/Bronte area and went down there to look. Nice area but I would need a car or too many changes of transport to get around. Bondi Junction is better I think and so that area is on my B list right now.

What about Surrey Hills, Paddington? I went to Manly, which was nice, but away from where I need to be able to get to. One thing that is different to the UK - I don't much fancy having to walk 1-2km to get to a station if I am wearing a suit in this heat! Job here needs it but was always jeans and t-shirts in UK.

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