Rural is always going to be cheaper. Sydney is pretty expensive and traffic is hellish. Canberra (where I live) is expensive too but you don't have to pay heaps or battle a lot of traffic to get anywhere. It's got a great public transport system and a large student population, so there has to be accomodation to cater for them. The surrounding areas of NSW (Canberra is super tiny) are also nice and close whilst being much cheaper. :)
I haven't lived in Sydney/NSW proper since I was 13, so I can't really comment on that, and I don't know much about rental prices on the South, West and North coasts, either. :(
My rant: being a student at the best law university in Australia is hard. :( I was in the top 5% of the state graduating from college, but only just. Unfortunately, you have to be in that top 5% to get into law. Consequently, I am in the bottom 10% for all of my classes and I'm getting emails from the dean encouraging my to reconsider my degree...4 years into the programme.
I don't have any science skills or an interest in business - what else can I possibly do? There are no careers that I want open to someone with just an arts degree. :( I want to be a lawyer. I don't need to get super grades to be happy. I just want to graduate and find a nice job in a rural community somewhere where I can be happy and useful.
Last edited by Bombalurina; 04-11-2012 at 12:01 AM.