You might not be from Australia, and you’ve taken a job in Brisbane to do some contract work for a period up to about 3 years. You’ll be living there for long enough that you want to settle and feel comfortable quickly because you don’t have an exceptionally long time to find your feet. At the fast pace that things move when you’re contracted to work for a finite period can be very intense. The company will try to get as much out of you during your time with them as possible. You don’t want to get caught up too quickly into the rush and want to find a way to settle in a live a reasonably normal life with a routine and social life. Here are some ideas that will help you settle fast and feel like a local in no time at all
A novel idea for situations like yours is to rent furniture. It seems unusual and maybe not worth it, but it is a great solution if you’re going to be moving out again in a few years’ time. It allows you the luxury of picking and choosing what you like, the convenience of having it delivered and set up and the best part of it all is that you don’t have the hassle of having to sell everything when you leave. This is especially useful for you if your company is paying because it takes away a huge amount of growing pains when setting yourself up in a new location for a temporary period. Search online for something like ‘furniture rental Brisbane’ to find a company that offers this service.
Social groups and clubs
Look online or on social media for social groups or clubs to connect with. Being in the city, there will be plenty of options available that it will be a matter of narrowing down what it is you want to get involved in during the time you have. It is a fast track way of getting to know people too as you’ll immediately have a community of people you can socialise with and call on to ask questions about local stuff such as good restaurants and places to visit.
Join a gym
Finding a gym is always a winning solution. It is good to get into a healthy fitness routine. This will prove especially helpful when you’re missing home, exercising bits of help with endorphins that will lift your spirits and make you feel good again. Gyms also provide another place to meet people and make new friends.
Who do you know?
If you’re moving to a new place, let your networks know because often they’ll know someone who lives there that you can connect with. An effective way of doing this is through social media. You can also ask for recommendations on where to eat and what fun activities to do as there may very well be someone who has a suggestion to offer you.