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It’s time for a new adventure in life, and you’ve decided that moving to Adelaide is it. As a Kiwi, moving to Australia and settling down is relatively easy. Adelaide is a great choice, rated as Australia’s safest city, and the fifth most populated city. It has a number of lovely neighbourhoods to live in, whether you choose to buy property or rent.

Moving to Adelaide as a Kiwi

One of the big advantages that New Zealanders have when moving to Australia is the ease of getting a visa. Known as the SCV (special category visa), it is granted automatically on arrival to Kiwis moving to the land down under. It is a temporary unprotected visa, but it gives you the ability to live, work, study and establish yourself.

You get access to Australia’s public healthcare network, you can get a driver’s license, own a home, get employment – all without additional paperwork. And you can get yourself a bank account (in fact, this is something you can do even before heading out to Adelaide from New Zealand). There are a lot of cultural and administrative similarities between New Zealand and Australia, which is what makes it so easy—and appealing—for Kiwis to move there.

One of the most important things to get sorted when moving to a new place is where to live. Temporary hotels and even AirBnBs costs pile up quickly and add unneeded pressure as you do your research and explore Adelaide’s housing options.

To rent or to buy?

Are you wondering whether you should rent or buy in Adelaide? There are plenty of choices in terms of neighbourhood, and you should be able to find either a rental or a home to own within your budget. As with any city, the location you choose to live in will have to factor in the cost of your rental or purchase price. City centre dwelling is always more expensive than going to the suburbs for example.

The CBD or centre of town in Adelaide is referred to by locals simply as ‘town’ or ‘the city’. Unley Park, Toorak Gardens and Malvern and Tennyson are cited as Adelaide’s most expensive suburbs to live in. On the other end of the spectrum, the suburbs where your money will go a longer way which are considered Adelaide’s cheapest areas to live, include Elizabeth, Smithfield Plains, Morphett Vale, Davoren Park and Salisbury. The best suburbs to reside in (and they are, unsurprisingly beachside suburbs) are North Brighton, Henley and Glenelg.

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Adelaide has a good public transportation system, so if you’re choosing to live in the suburbs or further from the city centre and prefer not to drive or don’t have a car, you are safe choosing a home further from the CBD. Adelaide does pride itself on being a traffic jam free city, so if you do drive or Uber, expect to be able to reach most spots within 30 minutes.

Rental costs in Adelaide are cheaper (at around $900 a month) than the national average, and about half what it would cost to rent in the bigger city of Sydney. This helps to make your decision to move to Adelaide over other Australian cities a good one. It is a good place should you be planning a long term move and want to settle down in Adelaide and purchase a home. Adelaide is one of the Australian cities where the property prices are expected to rise over the next couple of years, so if buying is on your mind, strike while the iron is hot and become a homeowner in Adelaide.

If you’re solo or a couple, try flatting

If you are moving alone, would rather not live alone, are on a tight budget or if you have the family joining you later on, you could consider flatting. This is a good option while you research the property prices and evaluate the housing market in Adelaide – you can share a flat in the interim and save some money. Expect to pay around $600 a month as a flatter. There are many sites that can help you find a flat in Adelaide. Some of them even have profiles of the potential flatmates so you can get the right match and have a good flatting experience. And it is not just apartments, but even houses that are available on a sharing basis.

Renting in Adelaide – Things to keep in mind

Like with other Australian cities, there are certain rules governing the rental of property in Adelaide. The South Australia Government site has helpful information that will ensure you have all the necessary facts to hand as you make your decisions. Residential tenancy in the state is governed by a certain set of laws which must be adhered to. Check out this full guide to renting for Kiwis in Australia.

Buying a home in Adelaide – Some helpful tips

One of the draws for Kiwis moving to Adelaide is that it is Australia’s safest city to live in. As well as great weather and a great accessible city, property prices are expected to rise over the next three years. Buying a home in Adelaide is a good investment. At present, the top suburbs with the best growth in property prices include Virginia, Summertown, Mylor, Kensington Park and Forestville.

The South Australia government website has some helpful tips for prospective homebuyers. It is essential that you consider your options, and make sure to work with trusted professionals. Consider hiring a buyer advocate to help you with your search and navigating the buying process. In general, remember you must sign a contract of sale and once this is done, be prepared to pay a deposit – the expected amount is 10% to 20% of the property’s selling price, the same as in NZ. The sites below are some good ones to look at to help in your search for a home:

You may also be able to use your KiwiSaver to buy a home in Australia. You will need to investigate the Brightline Test if you’re selling in NZ, and check if you will be obliged to pay stamp duty for your purchase in Australia. It is worth hiring an accountant or real estate professional who understands the rules for Kiwis buying a home in Australia.

Our Fixed Price Guarantee:

Our Fixed Price Guarantee:

Unlike many other movers, we will provide you with a fixed quote based on your specific list of items.

Should you wish to add or remove any items, we will adjust our fixed quote accordingly. Hence, no nasty surprises at the end of the move process.

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Our Service Promise:

  • We will listen to your individual needs and requirements.
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Free In-Home Consultation:

Free In-Home Consultation:

If you are moving the majority of your household items from New Zealand to Australia, one of Ausmoves experienced relocation consultants will visit your home to establish your specific packing requirements and any unique moving needs. Learn more about moving to Australia from NZ.

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