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Hi Saffas 


I'll be moving from Belgium to Oz (Im South African) alone. I have a few questions: Does anyone live in Canberra? I want to use seven seas to move my stuff from Belgium (few boxes) to Canberra- are they reliable? are there any hidden costs? Will my European plugs work or should I just sell all my appliances.


How difficult is it to find an apartment ? work will be hooking me up for a few weeks but I'll have to find my own afterwards. 


Thank you 



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Hi Yaya,


Welcome to the forum! 


Canberra has quite a few South Africans but not as many as Sydney or Melbourne for instance.  This is a facebook group for South Africans in Canberra: https://www.facebook.com/groups/934680459945445/ 



Search for "seven seas"on the forum - make sure you use the advanced search to search for all words.  Moving companies have been discussed in depth on the forum and you'll definitely find your answer there.


Your European plugs won't work but don't sell your appliances unless they're close to their expiry anyway - buy a few adapters while still in Europe (most adapters in Australia is for Australia to foreign country conversions, not the other way around).  Also bring a power board (one with multiple outlets) so you only need one conversion plug to power several items - especially in the kitchen where you'll have more than one appliance.  This is what the Aussie plug looks like: https://www.worldstandards.eu/electricity/plugs-and-sockets/i/


Appliances such as toasters, kettles etc. are quite cheap here.  Have a look here for pricing:   




https://www.thegoodguys.com.au/small-kitchen-appliances (If it asks to use your location, say "don't allow" or it won't show the results if you're not in Australia)




Have a look here for units/apartments in Canberra: https://www.realestate.com.au/rent/property-unit+apartment-in-canberra+-+greater+region,+act/list-1  There are plenty listed so you should not have any problems finding one.


Good luck!








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