mk2000 saidThanks for the response! A hostel is definitely something I need to think about using when I get there but I'm afraid of bedbugs, theft and privacy.
I already have the work permit so that's all good!
Thanks for chiming in.
Not in any YHA (Youth Hostel Association) hostel, where I stayed in many all over the world. Sure, there was only one (in the USA) which was substandard, but that was the exception, not the rule. Hostelling International have the toughest standards imposed by the organisation to all hostels for inclusion into membership. This includes daily bedsheet change by the staff, lockers for all valuables, and compulsory labelling of all foodstuffs bought by the client, or else removed and destroyed by a staff member. Members kitchens are always spick & span, and are often closed for part of the day for cleaning.
You are right about privacy, though, as you would share a dorm with at least one other traveler (athough in San Diego I had the room to myself, the second bed being vacant). But staying in hostels as a backpacker always presented the opportunity to make friends.
HI-YHA Sydney Central was one of the best hostels I ever visited, and tops for cleanliness, security and client respect.