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should we or shouldnt we move from UK to Melbourne       started by meeko on 10 Jul 2011   (23703)
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From meeko

10 Jul 2011 6:26 AM
(111119)
Hi, We are thinking of moving from UK to Australia, Melbourne (Victoria as John cousin is here). We really are undecided if we should we have 3 children 2 boys 2yrs & 10yrs (both fottball, tennis and all sports related things made) we also have daughter who will be 17 this year. She is planning on staying in the UK to attend Uni next year for medicine but d the international exchange programme where she will study part of the year in Uk and the other part in Melbourne. We have so many thnings running around in our heads and hearts but the real biggy is 'Should we or Shouldnt we' We are both in our late 30's and feel its a now or never thing!!
From Mindblower

To meeko

10 Jul 2011 2:58 PM
(111124)
As anywhere, you have to have money. Can you afford it given the dire exchange ? A million other considerations too
From simonc

To Mindblower

10 Jul 2011 4:40 PM
(111125)
People on this site and elsewhere will help with specific advice and are generally more than happy to constructively tell their experiences. Some refrain from doing so if their experience has been difficult, in case they incur the wrath of the thought police who occasionally take it on themselves to tell us how to think and feel. But the big question can only be made by you once you have weighed it all up, as everyone's situation is different. We moved to Perth when I was in my mid 30s, it was tough, especially the first 18 months. We came from a nice part of the country, had good jobs and were very settled so the transition was tricky. We are well settled here now and have no regrets. Saying that we are certainly not writing off a move back or somewhere else at some point. Having itchy feet is means that you can have a lot of fun, but it is also an affliction. Would I do it again knowing what I do now? Probably. Mindblower is right about the exchange rate, it is really dire coming this way. That is not to say it will get any better in the near future, but it will be a big factor in your quality of life. For me, the 5 best and most important things about living here are: 1 Friends 2 Outdoor lifestyle/weather/ocean/beaches/boats 3 Sport - Football/Surfing/ Sea fishing 4 The feeling of space and light 5 Income (a surprise entry) The same 5 things about my other home. 1 Family and friends 2 Diversity and 'buzz' 3 Sport - Football/Surfing/Pike fishing 4 Pubs and beer 5 Sense of humour - the banter and the craic. So for me, it is mainly swings and roundabouts, if our families could be here then that would be the decider. The challenge and the achievement of getting to where we are have really made it worthwhile, and we both know that we would always have the 'what if' question in our heads if we hadnt given it a shot. Best of luck!
From meeko

To Mindblower

10 Jul 2011 6:36 PM
(111127)
when you say we need money, how much would you reckon we would need in total to get started
From babs_andy

To meeko

10 Jul 2011 10:26 PM
(111131)
Hi, Melbourne is the sports capital of Australia, so definitely great for all things sport. For an idea on what's on around town for the 2yo go to www.littlemelbourne.com.au. There's always heaps to do here and plenty of things are free. Some may say it is cold (and compared to Perth and Queensland it definitely is) but it still gets to the 40s here in summer and for this week of winter, Perth and Melbourne's temperatures are about the same. Freezing! This winter's been pretty cold at around 12-13 degrees. Every city in Australia is different to the next. I think a good thing about Melbourne is that there are a lot of day trip options around plus it is commutable to Sydney, Tasmania, New Zealand etc. In regards to money, depending on the type of house you are after and the suburb you look at, you could be spending on a house anywhere between $400,000 to $800,000. Of course there are cheaper and those that are far more expensive. Costs aren't as expensive in Melbourne as they are in Perth (as most posts relate to there). If you have any other questions relating to Melbourne, please ask.
From simonc

To babs_andy

10 Jul 2011 10:52 PM
(111133)
Agreed, heaps to do in and around Melbourne.
From meeko

To babs_andy

11 Jul 2011 4:34 AM
(111138)
hi, thanks for getting back to us. Did you move from the Uk?? Im concerned about the boys settling into school ect. When is the best tiem for them to start school, in UK it would be at the begining of the year which is August.
From meeko

To simonc

11 Jul 2011 4:37 AM
(111139)
What age where your kids when you moved over? When you say income, do you think you earn more? At the moment I work for the police as a civilian manager im permanent nightshift so that we dont have any child care issues, is there such thing as that in Melbourne?
From simonc

To meeko

11 Jul 2011 9:46 AM
(111140)
Hi Meeko, we had no kids (we will have by Friday, if not today!)... as I said before, everyones situation is unique. Without kids, we were able to be very flexible with our decisions,on the flip side, kids help no end in meeting people. At current exchange rates I am getting near double what I got in England, but costs are high so it is relative. Financially we have been better off here, something I never imagined would be the case, and this certainly was not why we moved here.
From meeko

To simonc

11 Jul 2011 6:58 PM
(111143)
Good luck with the baby and enjoy everything parenthood brings whihc is mostly good.
From simonc

To meeko

11 Jul 2011 7:31 PM
(111144)
ta!
From babs_andy

To meeko

12 Jul 2011 12:37 AM
(111147)
Hi Meeko, We also moved over pre-children so can't share help with best time to move them. We have children now however and at a guess I would say the start of the Australian school year (End of January/Start of February) would be good. You wouldn't want them to go through the long summer break without knowing anyone. Alot of schools in Melbourne have more than one stream (ie. two grade two classes) so often the children all need to get to know each other anyway so a new child doesn't stick out so much. I know this is the case at my eldest daughters school. I'm also not sure if the police or other public service positions offer permanent night-shift. We use child care and have found some very good providers. Barb