Brisbane student Jon Kowski

“With Parkable, I get to be a student living an inner-city lifestyle”

At a glance

Affordable rent in Brisbane’s CBD

By subleasing his single parking bay on Parkable, Jon earns over $2,500 each year, making his CBD rent affordable

Set and forget

With minimal admin to list the park on the app and organise a long-term parker, Jon can focus on what matters most

Sharing with the community

Parking is scarce in Brisbane’s CBD, so Jon was happy to share something he doesn’t need with someone who could use it

About Jon

Inner-city lifestyle, suburban budget

Jon is a student at Griffith University. By renting out his car park, he has been able to earn steady extra income with minimal effort, and improve his lifestyle while he studies.

“Parkable was really accessible. By finding a long-term parker, I could set and forget, and focus on my studies.”

Jon Kowski

The motivation

Seeking affordable rent in the CBD

Jon wanted to move into Brisbane’s CBD so that he could improve his lifestyle and be closer to university and work, but as a student with part-time employment, he needed affordable rent. He realised that by renting an apartment with a car park and then subleasing the parking space, he could afford a much nicer place to live.

The solution

Finding a low-touch solution

Because Jon didn’t have a car and lived close to public transport, he was able to sublease his car park to someone full-time. It just took five minutes for him to list his car park on the Parkable app, and a few days to find someone who wanted to lease his parking bay long-term. Parkable was the perfect solution because he could list his space for free, find a tenant quickly, and then relax while monthly payments were sent to his bank account.

"Having affordable rent means I get to live somewhere great, and then have money left over to actually enjoy that. It really has been a game-changer for me.”

Jon Kowski

The result

Changing the game

With the income generated from subleasing his car park, Jon’s rent is no more expensive than his previous rent in the suburbs. “It’s a lifestyle I never thought I would be able to afford until I graduated, and it costs the same as living twenty minutes out of town.” Most of the time, Jon doesn’t have to think about the parking at all - every few months he’ll email the parker if there are road works coming, but otherwise he gets all of the benefits with very little admin.

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