Things are a little different here in Australia, so we've partnered with the Prepare for Australia website to bring you up-to-date information on everything you might need; before and after you arrive in Australia.
Renting or purchasing a property is usually done through a real estate agent. The property market in most capital cities is competitive so it may take time to find a suitable home. When buying a home, again most are sold by real estate agents, although some are sold privately. Real estate agents selling a home are working for the owner. It is their job to get the most money they can for the owner; not the best possible price for you. For students, most Australian universities will have housing options for international students on campus, or nearby. Contact the school you are attending for further information.