Moving to Sydney, made easy

Learn how to get housing, see cost of living and safety intel, find schools, use public transit, discover your perfect suburb, and more with our ultimate Sydney moving guide.

From the beaches of Bondi to the foothills of the Blue Mountains, you'll never be disappointed by Oceania's most beautiful city.

Sydney is one of the most stunning cities on earth. Few other places match the drama and beauty of this geographically blessed location. Between the ocean, the harbor and its many inlets, and the countless hills, it seems like almost everyone has a great view. It's hard not to be seduced as you explore the unhurried, upscale suburbs by the beaches, the gritty inner city neighborhoods full of energy, or the areas farther afield, which offer country living with city access. 

Like Australia itself, this city is a home to immigrants. The country's biggest metro of almost five million people has been inhabited for 30,000 years. And since English convicts first landed on its shores in the 18th century, Sydney's harbor – replaced by its airport in modern times – has welcomed scores of people from Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. It boasts the largest Lebanese population outside of Lebanon. Irish, Chinese, Greek, Indian, Turkish, and Indonesian communities are also prominent. Sometimes it seems like every ethnicity has a big presence here.

That diversity is to the city's benefit as it's created a cosmopolitan culture with much to offer. Sydney has humble, hole-in-the-wall Thai restaurants that have lines of hungry diners out the door, expensive celebrity chef-led restaurants where you have to make a reservation months in advance, and everything in between. Nightlife is similarly varied, from laid-back pubs to hip speakeasies to ritzy casinos. Festivals throughout the year celebrate different cultures, food, the arts, music...everything really.

As you'd expect of a city so blessed by geography, the population is outdoors oriented. Regardless of the day, people will be in the parks working out, going for a morning or evening surf, or hiking at any of the incredible bushlands in and around Sydney. 

With this sort of bounty, it's no surprise that Australia has been deemed "The Lucky Country"...and Sydney's certainly won big.

Read on to learn about the basics (housing, transportation, internet, and more!) of moving to Sydney and to find the perfect suburb for you.

Studio / 1 BR
32% Complete
2,340
2 Bedrooms
44% Complete
3,250
3 Bedrooms
68% Complete
5,037
4 Bedrooms
100% Complete
7,367

AVERAGE TEMPERATURE (F°/C°)
Jan
73°F
23°C
Feb
73°F
23°C
Mar
72°F
22°C
Apr
66°F
19°C
May
61°F
16°C
Jun
57°F
14°C
Jul
55°F
13°C
Aug
57°F
14°C
Sep
61°F
16°C
Oct
64°F
18°C
Nov
68°F
20°C
Dec
72°F
22°C

Safety

One of the safest big cities in the world, Sydney does have some pockets of higher crime.

Car vs Public Transit

Public transit is great close to the city's core, but gets worse the farther out you go.

The ultimate guide to moving to Sydney

Regions and Suburbs of Sydney

Regions & Suburbs

Moving to Sydney? Find the perfect suburb for you.

Housing

Housing

We all need a roof over our heads. Learn how to find one in Sydney.

Transportation in Sydney

Transportation

Trains, trams, ferries, and buses make it easy to get around the city. Learn how.

Banking and Personal Finance in Sydney

Banking & Personal Finance

Figure out which local bank is the right one for you and learn how to open an account.

Insider Tip

"I moved here in 2009 without having visited Australia before and I have been in love ever since. Regardless of whether you stroll over to the Opera House, take a ferry to Manly, or just hang on your balcony and look out at the water, it feels like you are on holiday all the time here. Sydney's outdoor lifestyle and great climate make it a unique city to live and work in!"

Kris Severijns, Moved from Belgium
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Education in Sydney

Education

Learn about the phases of education in Australia and how to enroll your child in a Sydney school.

Healthcare in Sydney

Healthcare

Learn how to navigate healthcare, how to find a great doctor, and see the top Sydney hospitals.

Phone and Internet Service in Sydney

Phone & Internet

Compare Sydney's main phone and internet service providers.

Having Pets in Sydney

Pets

Learn which pets are welcome in Sydney and how to register them with the city.

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