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Living in an International House


Upon arrival in Sydney, I had two goals: find a place and find a job. I started almost immediately with the job thinking I should know where I’m working before attempting to find a location to live. I quickly realized that task was difficult when living out of a backpack… in a hostel….

For me, hostel life was just not suited for job hunting. It was hard to deal with getting ready for interviews when your clothes have been sitting your backpack for a while, applying for jobs when the internet was crappy, and even just finding a quiet place to talk to prospective employers on the phone! That was it. I needed a place and asap!

Of course Sydney decided that rain was in order on the days I decided to look for apartments, so that made everything even more stressful. Its hard enough to look for rooms when you barely even know the layout of the city and suburbs. To make matters worse, everything I looked at was either too expensive, too crappy, or too far away for comfort to give a second look. Finally, my luck changed when I found my current room in a wonderful international house about a 5 minute walk from Central Station in trendy Surry Hills.

Sure, my room is the size of a shoebox, but it is my OWN room. Also, the location just plain rocks. I work in downtown Sydney in the CBD, so it only takes a 20 minute walk to get there. And, if I want to go to anywhere in Sydney, I am already at Central Station so its just no hassle! Boy did I get lucky!

kb-01For added excitement, my housemates are all foreigners here either studying or working, so there’s never a dull moment. In my house alone there are 2 Japanese people, 2 French people, and an Irish guy. We share a backyard with another house that is swarming with Italians and a few others, such as a German guy and some more Japanese. It really gives it a hostel feel but with a more homey vibe.

kb-02Every Friday night we hit up the KB, a bar across the street for some fun. Everyone always talks about how bad it is to have the KB right there because they always spend too much time there instead of at other places in Sydney. However, from the amount of fun everyone seems to always have… who cares?! It’s a good atmosphere for sure ’round these parts… almost good enough to make me forget about the bugs that also love this place. Ha!


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5 Responses to Living in an International House

  1. [F]oxymoron April 3, 2009 at 8:01 am #

    Yeah, you kick ass! Small shoebox or villa.

  2. brian from April 3, 2009 at 12:25 pm #

    Sounds like you found a great place! Living and working abroad must be stressful enough but to not have a stable place to call your own must make it more difficult.

  3. nomadicmatt April 3, 2009 at 8:04 pm #

    is this where u became the buckhunter expert?

  4. Brooke April 9, 2009 at 7:41 am #

    Haha, sadly no buckhunter here… but I guess that’s good for the world because I would just be too amazing if I could walk across the street to play.

  5. kaitlyn April 10, 2012 at 4:08 am #

    hey how did you find an international house? is that a common thing? and if you dont mindme asking how much does it cost? like more or less then a hostel?

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