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Avoiding the Rental Rut

Student accommodation offers an affordable and hassle-free option to renting or sharing in Sydney. And there are lots of good reasons why.

So you’ve decided to study in Sydney? Great! You’ll love it – it’s an amazing city. However with rental vacancies at only 1.4 percent, finding an apartment to rent can be a very difficult task – even for those who’ve been here all their lives. Most of the more affordable apartments are either in bad condition or located in faraway suburbs with poor access to public transport. And even if you do find something suitable in a good area that you can afford, competition between prospective tenants can be very, very tough; it’s not uncommon for 30, 50 or even 100 people to turn up to an inspection.

Prospective applicants then have to fill in a detailed application form that asks for rental references: letters of recommendation from the owners of other apartments you’ve rented in Australia. This makes it very difficult for new arrivals to rent an apartment. Even then, places are often awarded not to the applicant with the best reference, but to the one who offers the most money. The application process therefore becomes a silent auction, with the advertised price being nothing more than an estimate of the apartment’s true market value.

For these reasons and more, many international students living in Sydney prefer student accommodation like Iglu. It guarantees you a clean, safe, secure and private place to live from the first day you arrive, and can save you a lot of money in many different ways.

If you live in Iglu Central, you’ll never have to pay for a single bus, train or taxi to get to your classes on time. Our rooms come furnished with desks, chairs, beds, mirrors, bookshelves and wardrobes to store your clothes, and you won’t have to pay any extra for electricity, gas or water, or even pay to get these services connected as is required in an apartment complex. Base internet is also provided, and at Iglu we can even supply you with linen, and tell you the best places to get cheap pots and pans, plates, cutlery, cups – everything you’ll need to live and study happily in Sydney.

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