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So you’ve ready to move out to Melbourne?

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Basics of Apartment Hunting

So you’ve decided that Melbourne’s a pretty nifty place to be and have started looking around for a suitable place to rent. House hunting can be a rather stressful and tiresome time especially for students. So we’ve gathered a few tips and essentials to help you on your way.

1. Be prepared

With apartments and houses flying off like hot cakes, hunting for rental especially in Melbourne has turned into a competitive sport. It requires preparation and strategy. It pays to have all your documents photocopied and ready and your application form filled out. Just in case you walk into a place you just love, you’ll have a better chance if you submit your application to the agent on site. Go back home and email it to the agent on the same day if you could not do it right there and then. There is nothing wrong with applying for more than one place at any given time; it heightens your chances of acquiring a place quickly.

2. Timing is everything

The good thing about renting in or close to student concentrated areas is a high turnover. The best time to start your hunt will generally be between the months of November to February. During the summer months, students who have completed their degrees prepare to leave Melbourne –leaving many openings in a variety of dwellings like student accommodations, private dwellings to even share houses become available. The cycle continues and the summer frenzy begins again.

If you find yourself out of these golden months, try a search as close to the 1st of every month. Why? Most leases tend to end close to the end of the month and dwellings become available and are uploaded onto the Internet within the first week of the month.

3. Competition

Put on your dirty mitts and huddle up, it’s time to get serious. You won’t know what hit you when you trot off to your first viewing only to be greeted by 20 other people viewing the same place. This is your time to shine. Try and stand out of the crowd. Your initial planning has prepared you for this. If you like what you see, win over the agent – he/she is the point of contact to the landlord. At the end of the day, it is the landlord’s decision, but an agent is able to convey their impression of you to the landlord therefore raising your chances of scoring the apartment you want.

If it looks like the scales may tip out of your favour and you can afford it, some people engage in rental bidding and offer between AUD$10 – 20 dollar more a week. The landlord would feel inclined to choose the higher offer out of the masses that are only willing to pay the flat rate. Although this is not a guarantee as some landlords do not engage in rental bidding.

4. Roommates

Having a roommate helps immensely in many ways; you have company in your home and they help with the rent. If you have someone in mind, confirm your roommates ahead of time and lock down all their details. Decide whose name is going on the rental agreement and work out all the kinks before you even start thinking about applying. An untrustworthy roommate who can’t pay his rent on time puts the entire house at risk for eviction even for tenants who do pay on time. And if it is your name on the tenant agreement, you will be held responsible.

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Melbourne “the three-thousand”

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If Sydney is your sophisticated, flashy and fabulous supermodel then Melbourne is her cultured, edgy younger sister. She is a melting pot of contrasts, shaped by a dynamic multicultural population and much more laid back then her established sister. Both young and old. Rough, dingy and yet stylish. Voted most liveable city, Melbourne is enigmatic and vibrant in her frenzy but her residents’ move at a lovely, easy-going sedate pace. Cycling is the preferred mode of transport here and trams lull on intricate, silver laid tracks from central Melbourne to its fringes.

The Melbourne CBD is a maze of secret gothic laneways leading you to a treasure trove of luscious bars, exclusive restaurants and stylish fashion boutiques. Bars are either perched high on rooftops facing the skyline or are hidden within the tiny nooks and crannies of graffiti-laden backstreet alleyways. Follow the aroma of freshly brewed coffee to Hardware Lane where cheerful waiters beckon you into their quaint Italian eateries to dine alfresco. Or slum it at a café in Centre Place and Degraves Street, with a latte in hand while you go on a hunt for Banksy graffiti.

The CBD shares its playground with the financial district located mostly around Collins Street; therefore residents are mostly young professionals and international students. Melburnians share an intense almost smug love for coffee and it’s because we are spoilt for choice. Any corner will take you to a decent cup of Joe. Brother Baba Budan on Lt Bourke Street is an excellent start.

Fresh produce calls out at the vibrant Queen Victoria Market – a pulsating lively hub for fresh fruits and nuts and vegetables as well as specialty goods. Green lungs and parks are scattered around the city and the Botanical Garden, Melbourne’s favorite running track, borders her skirts to the south. Be arty and visit the National Gallery of Victoria but remember that Melbourne’s art and cultural landscape is also borderless. So toss out the map, wander and lose yourself in the city’s arcades and roam around its labyrinths. Whatever you are into, Melbourne always has something incredible to offer.