Finding a place to call your own can be pricey in Sydney. Plenty of people turn to share housing instead, but what's the best way to find those kindred spirits who you won't mind seeing, and who won't mind seeing you before coffee in the morning?
I've always been lucky enough to find a spot with friends, but I know people who have had success on flatmates.com.au. Maybe steer away from Gumtree - sure, it's easier to put up an ad there but specialised websites have profiles for everyone involved to know more about the potential flatmate before meeting!
Another good tip for finding flatmates, if you're the one offering the room, is to create an 'Event' page on Facebook with all the details and ask your friends and workmates to share it out. Most young professionals are on Facebook these days, so it makes it easy to 'Friend' a potential flattie and check out their profile page. Even if they're not on Facebook, you can set the Event page to public so they'll be able to see it without creating an account.
Thankfully and personally I've never been in this situation in sensational Sydney. When I first moved up here (and 50/50 between Sydney and Melbourne for work) I was fortunate to share with family and pay rent. I purchased my own house before I moved up here, and rent out another - yee ha! I have friends who have had success with realestate.com.au and Gumtree to find flatties to share with.
I haven't had to do this for a very long time, but thankfully I have friends who have. The latest approach seems to be using websites like "flatmate finder" it allows people to create a profile so that you can kind of check someone out before you agree to meet them. It also allows people to express (on their profile) things about themselves that might ostracise some people and attract others, such as their sexual preference etc.