The human sense of temporalityÂ â€“ the way we experience timeÂ â€“ has become aÂ major focus in urban geography and in research on human migration. However, little has been written about how refugee place-makingÂ activities are temporally mediated. For refugeesâ€“especially those from rural backgroundsâ€“navigating unfamiliar urban temporalities is an important and overlooked layer within the broader challenge of settlement. This paper draws on 52 interviews with refugee-backgroundÂ Ethiopians in Australia, from both urban and rural backgrounds. It examines their experiences of place-making,Â studying how they have adapted to fast-pacedÂ urban life in Melbourne, and have negotiated the tensions between what we call the â€œtemporal logicsâ€ of their settlement and pre-settlementÂ locations. We highlight implications for policies concerning refugee settlement, concluding that successful settlement requires consideration of the temporal aspects of the challenges that refugees face.