British expat is shocked to find Australian houses have laundry rooms

British expat reveals the ONE thing that confuses her most about Aussie houses and apartments: ‘It’s such a culture shock’

  • British writer Jordana Grace has experienced ongoing Aussie culture shocks
  • While inspecting houses to rent, she ask where the washing machine was 
  • In the UK most washing machines are kept in the kitchen due to lack of space 
  • But Down Under, most houses have separate laundry rooms 
  • Ms Grace was completely mind blown by what she was told 

A British woman who has moved to Australia has shared the one bizarre difference she’s noticed when looking for a place to rent: washing machines are rarely installed in the kitchen. 

In a TikTok video titled ‘Aussie culture shock’, comedy writer Jordana Grace re-enacted a conversation she had with a real estate agent while inspecting the kitchen of a Sydney apartment. 

Ms Grace asked the agent where the washing machine was and why it wasn’t in the kitchen – but was shocked after being told most Aussie houses have laundry rooms equipped with both a washer and dryer.

Most British houses have washing machines under bench tops in the kitchen due to limited space and power outlets in the bathroom.

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British comedy writer Jordana Grace (pictured) was shocked when she was told most Aussie households have a laundry room equipped with a washing machine, dryer and sink


In a now-viral TikTok video, Ms Grace re-enacted a conversation between her and a real estate agent. Ms Grace asked the agent where the washing machine was and why it wasn’t in the kitchen

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‘I can’t see the washing machine in the kitchen,’ Ms Grace said in the re-enacted video to which to real estate agent said: ‘The washing machine isn’t in the kitchen.’

Ms Grace was then shown the ‘huge’ laundry room in a separate area of the house.

‘Yeah it’s a little small but does the job, and most Aussie houses have them. And it’s so hot you won’t need to use the tumble dryer, so you’ll save money,’ the agent told Ms Grace.

She was also mind blown over the fact that Aussies tend to avoid using the dryer and instead hang their garments on a clothes line. 

The humorous video has since been viewed more than half a million times and received hundreds of comments.

‘I was shocked too, laundry rooms are my fave,’ one person wrote.

Other Aussies seemed puzzled as to why some UK and European homes place the household appliance in the kitchen.

‘UK houses aren’t big, there’s no room for laundry rooms in many older ones and kitchens already have plumbing,’ another British woman added.

The humorous video has since been viewed more than half a million times and received hundreds of comments. By sharing her ‘culture shock’ videos, Ms Grace has gained a loyal TikTok following of more than 200,000 people

By sharing her ‘culture shock’ videos, Ms Grace has gained a loyal TikTok following of more than 200,000 people. 

Last year in another video Ms Grace described driving Down Under as a type of ‘laidback Hunger Games’, which fails to reflect the stereotype of Australians being cheerful and relaxed. 

She explained how merging on a highway is a ‘terrifying’ experience because drivers make it difficult for other cars to get into the lane.

Last year in another video Ms Grace described driving Down Under as a type of ‘laidback Hunger Games’, which fails to reflect the stereotype of Australians being cheerful and relaxed 

‘You know that lane that helps you merge onto the highway? I found in Australia they tend to be quite short, which is terrifying in itself,’ she said in the video.

‘But as you’re speeding up, looking over your shoulder to try and find a gap to slide in Australians will speed up to try and ram you off the road!

‘Okay so not RAM you off the road but they’re not letting you in! You have to earn it! If you can get in and survive then you’re welcome to stay.’

Ms Grace went on to explain another aspect of driving in Australia that annoys her, regarding the courtesy ‘thank you’ wave you usually receive after letting another driver in the lane.

‘You know when you let someone in and you get the courtesy wave to say ‘thank you?’ I rarely get that!’ she said.

‘If I have let you in, I want the wave! I want to wave!!!’

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