Hello everyone :-)
I'm about to land up in Sydney, looking for a place to live. Which suburbs would be best for cheap rent, short commute to CBD, good fresh produce (I'm a real foodie), cheap restaurants, and maybe some ethnic food shops thrown in?
Nowhere central is what you might describe as "cheap", however suburbs such as Newtown, Glebe, Annandale and perhaps Erskineville sound like what you're after.
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I don't know about the cheap rent (though it shouldn't be too bad, with lots of students staying there), but otherwise Glebe sounds about perfect for your purposes. Glebe Point Road is lined with good decently priced restaurants and eateries, there's at least two places selling fruits and vegetables that I remember which looked quite okay, a supermarket specializing in organically produced food (and two larger more regular supermarkets in the shopping center a bit further out), and it's a 10-20 minute walk to central station at the edge of the CBD (depending on how far into Glebe you are), with buses going every ten minutes as well if you happen to need to be at the far (northeast) side of the CBD.
It's my favorite neighbourhood in the entire city as well; has a bit of a "bohemian" feel to it all, and people seem to be smiling there much more often than in the rest of the city.
Otherwise, Newtown (on the other side of the university from Glebe) might be worth looking into as well.
I lived in Strathfield for 6 months last year and I would definitley recommend it. I don't know if it is particularly cheap but the railway stattion is a major interchange with very regular services to the city, olympic park, airport plus countrylink services for all over the country
it's about 13km from the CBD so you can be there in about 10mins on the central train.
It has a nice little square with several cafes, coffee shops, convenience stores, banks etc as well as a plaza with a supermarket, several take-away joints, a post-office, pharmacy etc.
There is a strong Korean and Indian Community so multi-culural cuisine is never far away. I found it a relaxed, friendly communty.
There is a westfield just down the road in Burwood too.
[ Edit: Edited on Jan 2, 2008, at 3:18 AM by RUGBYJOCK ]