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Finding a house

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Finding temporary accommodation

Hotels/motels

There are many short-term hotel/motel accommodation options in Australia ranging from three star hotels to five star resorts.

Apartments/townhouses​

Apartments and townhouses can be rented for short-term or long-term periods. Many are fully furnished and include linen, towels, crockery, cutlery and cooking equipment. In some cases, a daily or weekly cleaning service may be provided.

Search online for apartments or townhouses.

Long-term accommodation

Australia offers a variety of housing options – large family homes, townhouses, apartments, duplexes and villas.

Renting a property

Australia offers both fully furnished and unfurnished rental properties. 

Properties for rent are normally let through real estate agents or private landlords. They are usually advertised in the “Rental” section of websites such as 
Realestate.com.au.  

Availability of rental properties tends to be seasonal with the highest demand for properties between November and March. You can arrange to inspect a property before you make the decision to move in.

To secure a property, you will pay a security bond  usually a refundable deposit of four weeks’ rent ​ plus two weeks’ rent in advance. 

Buying a property

Most properties in Australia are on freehold land and are generally sold through an offer and acceptance process. There is a trend currently towards buying and selling homes by auction, particularly high-end or luxury housing.

Properties are advertised for sale and are generally open for public inspection on weekends or by appointment during the week. 

Holders of temporary residency visas who want to buy residential property in Australia need the approval of the Foreign Investment Review Board​.

Where to find property for sale