US nurse moving to Brisbane

  1. I was recently offered a job @ a hospital in Brisbane. I am currently working as an RN in the USA. Looking to move to AZ sometime in July. I am moving by myself. I am currently looking for apartments in brisbane and was wondering if anybody would give me a little info on a good and reliable website for rental apts. And also what is the average amount people pay for a decent apt? How is the transportation system there? do people usually drive or use public transportion? thank you in advance..
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    Specialty: 2 year(s) of experience in Cardiac

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  3. by   KirriG
    Hi Sunshine - good user name if you're moving to Queensland.

    A few things:- I've lived here all my life so I can give advice, but I don't know which hospital you're working in, and what your definition of 'decent' is for apartments.

    A couple of sites for checking out rental prices are www.realestate.com.au and www.domain.com.au. There are others too of course, but all the info you want for you apratment renting will be on there.

    The public transport here isn't too bad - it really depends on where you live. I'm close to the train line and a bus centre so I can get pretty much anywhere I need to go from about 5am to about midnight (not that I would recommend a person travel alone after about 9pm - earlier in some areas). Provided you live somewhere reasonably close to either buses or trains you should be able to get to and from shifts, just as mentioned being aware that although many train and bus areas are patrolled and there are emergency buttons everywhere, I personally wouldn't travel after 9pm.

    Brisbane is a lovely place to live, just bear in mind you're coming into a pretty wet winter here, so don't judge us too harshly.

    Good luck!

    Kirri
  4. by   ghillbert
    I'm confused - you mentioned Brisbane then Arizona? Where are you moving exactly?
    Last edit by ghillbert on Jun 24, '09 : Reason: Never mind - I think you meant Australia, not Arizona. The "AZ" threw me off!
  5. by   sunshine888
    [color=#333333]hi kirrig,
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    [color=#333333]thank you so much for taking the time to post these info. i appreciate it!!!:d
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    [color=#333333]i was offered a rn position at wesley hospital, auchenflower, brisbane. i am looking for housing closer to work because i have to totally depend on public transportation at least for a few months. i don't mind paying little extra for apartments in good neighborhoods. since i will be travelling alone and it is my first time out of the country, safety is a big concern. the big question for me right now is where (which area) to look for apartments that are safe and well connected to public transportation? downtown, suburbs, east/west or north/south? any advice will be greatly appreciated.
  6. by   sunshine888
    Hey Ghillbert, sorry for the confusion I am moving to brisbane,QLD Australia...not arizona...
  7. by   KirriG
    OK, well you couldn't have done better. It's a great hospital where I want to work as soon as I have enough AIN experience in Aged Care, and where I want to do my Graduate Programme.

    Also it's about 3 suburbs away from me, so feel free to drop me a message when you get here and I'll show you around.

    As to apartments - it's a pretty safe area you're coming to. In your position I would personally get one of the apartments or units which are within walking distance of the hospital - and there are heaps! You'll want Auchenflower or Toowong - and there's a great shopping centre right in Toowong too. The Chasely (I think I've spelled that right) are reasonably expensive but very safe apartments which are a) across the road from the hospital, b) are secure, and c) overlook the river (very pretty views). That all puts you within sight of the pretty side of the city, parks, bikeways, riverside boardwalks etc. Transport galore as well for when you want to move around! The train station is right next to the hospital and buses going into the city every few minutes leave from the main road there (Coronation Drive).

    Because it's the nice part of the city, you may actually have trouble finding something cheap. I'd expect you to be paying anything from $300 per week plus (and plus!) for a 2 bedroom apartment, and probably more than $200 per week for a studio in those suburbs, but the cost of living here is not high and having a nice, central place to live will save you money elsewhere - and bear in mind your wages should be pretty good! Also because it's close to the big university here, there's good nightlife and plenty of young people and lots for you to do, but be aware that Brisbane is a pretty small and parochial city. :wink2:

    This is a link to the page for Auchenflower on Domain, but try Toowong too:

    http://www.domain.com.au/Public/Sear...ue&from=0&to=0

    Good luck with your move - don't hesitate to pm me or post here with any other questions.

    Cheers,

    Kirri
  8. by   sunshine888
    [color=#333333]hi kirri,[color=#333333]
    [color=#333333]thanks for your post.
    [color=#333333]ohh wow how exciting..i will be able to see u soon…so when will u be done with ain experience?? i have been looking up few apartment thru websites and contacting them.. chasely apartments - way too expensive ($110+ per day for even extended stay). i have e-mailed few other places for rates, will see what they tell me…[color=#333333]
    [color=#333333]i think i still need few more posts before i can pm you. if you use facebook, i can add you….i will pm you soon when i have enough posts…
  9. by   Laurendd
    Hi Sunshine, I am an american nurse but did my degree and training in Brisbane and I will tell you that the area you are going to is absolutely beautiful. When I first went to Australia I lived in Taringa (one suburb away from Toowong) which is so nice and quiet but close to the city. If you choose to live out that way you not only have Toowong shopping center but Indooropilly (which is a big mall) as well. If you live anywhere in that vicinty you should have no problem getting public transport back and forth to work. One thing I might do when checking out potential properties is check the public transport timetable (http://www.translink.com.au/) and use the journey planner on the right. This might help with a decision if you are split. One of my best friends from uni works at the wesley in the oncology unit and she has always been very happy there. Enjoy your time in a foreign country, I am so thankful for my experiences there. If you should have any questions I would be more than happy to answer. All the best of luck to you and i'm so glad you have already made a contact in BNE.
  10. by   KirriG
    Hi again,

    I'm actually in Indooroopilly, across the road from that big mall. And yes, public transport in this area is also great (train and bus). I certainly agree that going to transinfo will help you make the best decision about places to settle.

    I'm in the 2nd year of my Bachelor of Nursing and doing it part-time, so I have a few more years of being an AIN before I can get my stripes and advance. lol

    So when will you be coming in? - if my shifts allow, I can pick you up at the airport.

    Kirri
  11. by   Habla?
    Check also with your hospital Human Resources Department. They should give you a hand.
  12. by   sunshine888
    Hey Kirri,

    Thank you for ur note..I will keep you posted...I have also sent you a PM..keep in touch take care...
  13. by   CaliforniaONC
    Hey Nurse Ladies in Australia!
    I just had a phone interview at the Wesley for the Oncology floor and am in the same exact position...I am feeling really excited about the prospect of the big move, but nervous about logistics! Did you ever find an apartment that was reasonable? I would LOVE to talk to a nurse who works on the oncology unit there...I am most worried because I am a NEW GRADUATE from California...so I know there will be a lot of adjusting and a lot to learn!! Any Advice? I am about to apply for the QLD license, and...please help! what els?? Do I have to take the ietls (?) English test if I am coming from America?
  14. by   Silverdragon102
    Quote from CaliforniaONC
    Hey Nurse Ladies in Australia!
    I just had a phone interview at the Wesley for the Oncology floor and am in the same exact position...I am feeling really excited about the prospect of the big move, but nervous about logistics! Did you ever find an apartment that was reasonable? I would LOVE to talk to a nurse who works on the oncology unit there...I am most worried because I am a NEW GRADUATE from California...so I know there will be a lot of adjusting and a lot to learn!! Any Advice? I am about to apply for the QLD license, and...please help! what els?? Do I have to take the ietls (?) English test if I am coming from America?
    Everyone has to do the IELTS even if from a English speaking country (know of many UK nurses that have had to sit and pass it)

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