Temporary Accommodation

Paul0075 7 March 2013 8

I have finally landed a job in Canberra, and after of years of spending lots of time visiting and wanting to move to the national capital.

I now need to organize some temporary accommodation, whilst I play games with real estate agents in the search for a more long term abode. I have friends in Canberra already but none of them have space to accommodate anything longer than a couple of nights.

I am looking for suggestions on places I could rent for a weekly rate, that doesn’t involve sharing a house or unit with someone, and is relatively inexpensive (so far the cheapest is 450 a week, which is quite a push).

New job is in Mitchell, but I don’t mind commuting for a while.

Thanks in advance.

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8 Responses to Temporary Accommodation
batmantrilogy batmantrilogy 2:45 am 11 Nov 15

Hi Paul,

For short term accommodation in canberra we have used http://www.accommodatecanberra.com.au in the past and have been a very pleasant experience. They have pretty neat and clean serviced apartments in various parts of the city.

My 2 cents.

Paul0075 Paul0075 11:18 pm 10 Mar 13

Good news. I have found a private rental in Spence, via Gumtree. I am putting a holding deposit on it tomorrow. Thanks for all the suggestions and help. I think I will have to become a paying subscriber soon, Riot Act has been such a big help and a great source of entertainment.

scorpio63 scorpio63 11:07 am 08 Mar 13

Hi Paul, if you log into housecarers.com or Trustedhousesitters and pay the small fee for a 12 month period, you will find that there are many short term housesitting assignments available. You will not need to pay electricity or water and only look after their animals whilst they are away.

It is a fantastic way of saving some money for a deposit on a home too!

The idea is to line them up one after the other (in advance) in order to have your next house sit for accommodation.

At present there are an abundance of house sits in the Canberra region and they would snap you up if you have a Police Check, Reference and Identification.

The utmost respect and cleanliness for other people’s Home and belongings always is the way to go….

Paul0075 Paul0075 11:48 am 07 Mar 13

Thanks for the welcome and the suggestions so far. I will take a look.

Temporary meant maybe a couple of weeks or so, depending on how the unit inspection roundabout goes.

I have noticed a massive drop in rental prices in the past few months, so now is a good time to go looking as far as I am concerned.

North Canberra / Kaleen is the area I was planning for, and know really well. I have had long time friends in Watson since I was 3 years old, that was 1978. These days most of the others I know are either in Turner, Belconnen or Woden.

Amanda Hugankis Amanda Hugankis 11:39 am 07 Mar 13

Welcome to Canberra.

I’m afraid it’s going to be difficult to find anything short-term, non-share for much less than what you’ve mentioned. You could try Qbn, or even Goulburn (commute to Mitchell 45mins)?

You haven’t mentioned if you need a couple of rooms, studio, etc., fully furnished. Short-term will always be a bit pricier per week for a shorter term than a longer lease will be. Fully furnished, obviously more.
You could try negotiating with a motel/services apartment group for a low weekly rate, or perhaps speaking with a rental agent about taking on a broken lease (which happens often).

Good luck … Canberra isn’t the cheapest for much.

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 11:30 am 07 Mar 13

You have probably stumbled across these sites already, but just in case…


http://www.allhomes.com.au/ (the only worthwhile all-round real estate site for the Canberra region)

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 11:28 am 07 Mar 13

Welcome to Canberra real estate prices. The benefit of being in Mitchell is you should be able to find something for sub-$450/w in the Gungahlin, North Watson, North Lyneham, Kaleen areas.

Although, how temporary is temporary? You may need to sign a 6 month lease to open up some decent opportunities.

Ryoma Ryoma 11:05 am 07 Mar 13

You could try Aryle Executive Apartments in Reid. I was put up there some years ago by my new employer while I needed to find accomodation, and found them to be clean – and very well located.
I’m not sure about what the current costs are, but you can find the info here;

Good luck, and welcome to Canberra! 🙂

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