19 Things No One Tells You About Living In Sydney

Sometime you just need to know the truth about what it’s like living in Sydney. Here’s some of the things no one tells you about living in Sydney!

1. Find A Place To Rent

You assume trying to find an apartment to rent will be hard. But nothing will prepare you for exactly how hard it will be. Clear every Saturday for a minimum of four to six weeks for house inspections. Seriously.

2. The flying cockroaches

I mean normal cockroaches are bad enough, but these huge beasts FLY. Before you know it, cockroaches, ants and spiders won’t fase you.

3. Milk Alternatives

Soy products will be everywhere. You’ll probably start consuming them eventually. And you’ll definitely have one or more friends who have turned vegetarian or vegan since moving.

4. Shop Closing Times


Shops staying open past 4pm on weekends is a terrific novelty. OK we get it. This is normal for a lot of people. But for people from small towns it’s EXCITING.

5. Everything will seem so goddamn expensive at first…

“A hot cross bun for $4? Are you kidding me?!”

6. … but you’ll eventually start to believe paying $9 for a juice is reasonable.


Until you go back to your hometown for a visit and marvel how cheap everything is.

7. If you don’t work in the CBD, you probably won’t spend all that much time in the city.


Just a bit of an unnecessary trek really.

8. Catching up with friends who don’t live near your suburb always feels like such an effort.

It’s like, if you can’t get anywhere within 20 minutes, there’s just no point.

9. And if they live the other side of the bridge, you probably just won’t ever see them again.

10. Actually, if you don’t live north of the bridge, you’ll probably just never cross the bridge at all.


There’s too many people who are just scared of driving over the Sydney Harbour Bridge when there’s six lanes to choose from.

11. And one day, catching a glimpse of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge will no longer seem super exciting.

Still, you’ll probably Instagram it anyway to make your non-Sydney friends jealous.

12. You probably won’t go to the beach all that much.

And you’ll be avoiding Bondi like crazy in summer.

13. Before you move, you’ll dream about all your crazy nights out in the city or Kings Cross. In reality, it probably won’t happen all that often.

Those things cost money. Money you are pouring into your ridiculous rent prices.

14. The once foreign phrase “DAMN YOU CITY RAIL!” will become a part of your everyday vernacular.

There seriously needs to be more frequent trains on the inner west lines in the morning FFS.

15. And even if you decide to keep a car, you’ll drive a whole lot less than what you think.

Because regardless of how many gripes you have with the public transport system, it’s still a hell of a lot easier than driving anywhere.

16. There’s this thing called Menulog and it’s glorious.

Yes, OK, it’s not just a “Sydney” thing, but when you’re from a country town and move to the city, ordering your takeaway like this is exciting.

17. The city layout really doesn’t make that much sense…

18. … but eventually as a Sydney-sider you will get used to it.

And learn that the suburbs aren’t really all that far apart.

19. And despite its confusing layout and expensive ways, you’ll learn to love Sydney as your home away from home.

Even if it’s wildly different to anywhere you’ve ever lived before.