Living in Australia as an international student needs some budgeting strategic planning. To do it right, you should explore the city's corners and edges to grasp its hidden treasures for the cheapest prices. Cost-saving and low-budget shopping in Australia is a must to get by. Australia vintage flea markets are the ones to hit in this case, so here are the most popular, yet the cheapest, ones:
Sydney Flea and Street Markets
Sydney's Rock 'N' Roll Alternative Market location near the University of Sydney makes it easily accessible for international students. Vintage lovers who are into swing dancing, rock 'n' roll clothing, DVDs, posters, and classic cars are the main market-goers. It is a bi-monthly market, so double-check their dates before going there. Make it a trip with your student accommodation roommates or university colleagues sharing the same passion for rock 'n' roll.
On Saturdays, from 10 am till 4 pm, Glebe Markets near Glebe Public School and only 3km from the CBD is ongoing. From recycled fashion and casual stallholders to vintage fashion, handmade crafts, jewellery, fresh produce, and homewares, this market has it all. To top it off, there are food stalls and live music at the Derwent Lane end, so this could act as a great Saturday outing with your student accommodation in Australia flatmates.
Another Sydney's weekend market is Potts Point Sunday Markets; it is quite small but does the job if you are not into walking much. There is also Rozelle Markets from 9 am till 4 pm. It occurs on Saturdays and Sundays near Rozelle School. The Rocks Markets and Paddington Markets are to be considered when hunting for cheap shopping options in Sydney.
Melbourne Flea and Street Markets
The perfect blend of homewares, clothing, jewellery, artisan design, and more can be found at Fitzroy Market. The market's small size suits those who prefer smaller crowds with plenty of options.
If you consider yourself a sea lover, go to St Kilda Market on Sundays. It is available from 10 am till 4 pm with more than 250 stallholders with cheap creative creations. There is nothing better than strolling shores with a delicious crepe or hot cocoa in hand while shopping.
It is time to decide then whether you are a genuine sea lover or a food lover because Prahran Market is specifically for food lovers. It is one of the oldest food markets in Australia offering gourmet delights and fresh fruits and vegetables. The real bargains are on Saturdays after 3 pm when you can buy a A$1-fruit or -veg bag; however, it is on throughout the week. Delicious foods like cheese, chocolate, and sausages are celebrated with food festivals, so hunt their dates and spoil your belly!
When mentioning food in Melbourne, the South Melbourne Market should be too. For 150 years now, it has top-notch seafood and the best place to pick up some fresh goodies. Have a little chat with the traders there and they will guide you to the best options you can find. What makes this market remarkable is its very own Cooking School where international students living on their own for the first time mostly enrol. They have day and night classes, so enrol with your student accommodation mates to create some culinary masterpieces.
Other amazing cheap flea and street markets in Melbourne are Camberwell Sunday Market with its clothing, Queen Victoria Market, which is a well-known tourist attraction and Dandenong Market with 150 nationalities distributed among 200 traders. You will find all the cooking ingredients that you might need at the latter.
Perth and Brisbane are not excluded from hosting some low-cost flea and street markets. In Perth, there are Perth City Markets, Fremantle Markets, Perth Beaches Markets, Swan Valley markets, and much more. In Brisbane, you could pay a visit to Eat Street Northshore, South Bank Market, Davies Park Market, Boggo Road Markets, and Stones Corner Market.
These must-know markets are at the top of Australia travel tips for international students. You can also check our Australia's Student Job Search Strategies blog article to earn extra money.