4. Search for somewhere to live

16 01 2012

With just over two weeks until I fly to Australia, I am currently checking the Melbourne Gumtree page for houseshare/flatshare more often than I am checking my Facebook. If you know me, you’ll know that’s quite something. Unfortunately my search has, this far, been fruitless so I’m considering posting my own advert – highlighting my ability to be the dream (or at least an acceptable) housemate. I’m thinking something along the lines of the below. I want to sound personable – without crossing the line into downright creepy – and I’m very aware that my unique form of sarcasm doesn’t always translate well online. Let me know what edits you would make. Oh, and if you have a room that you think would house me for five months then please get in touch here.

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Hi,

I’m a 19 year old British student looking for fully-furnished accommodation around the Carlton/Brunswick/North Melbourne area.

I’ll be arriving in Melbourne around Feb 10th and will be hoping to secure some viewings/interviews as soon as possible with the hope of moving in immediately. I’ll be sticking around until the end of June so I can guarantee around five months rent.

I’m open to living with students or young professionals and would prefer it if you didn’t smoke.

As for me, I’m a non-smoker who doesn’t really drink (but don’t let that put you off). I’d much rather spend an evening catching some live music at a gig or going out for dinner than a night out clubbing.

I consider myself to be mature, sociable and polite (then again, it seems everyone does on Gumtree) but I promise I actually am. I can cook and clean – the former is more of my speciality – and my love of baking has gone down favourably with previous housemates.

I’m currently living in a sharehouse in the UK so am very happy splitting bills and am used to communal living.

I’ll be studying a mix of Linguistics and Australian Studies at the University of Melbourne and fully intend to get a part time job soon after moving in. I love travelling and writing so might have the occasional weekend away.

If you’ve got a room going and think it might suit me please contact me on…

Thanks,

Catherine

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