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1. Posted by WeeJoe (Full Member 336 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Any of you guys from Melbourne? Know it well?

I've decided that im gonna go there instead of Sydney (everyone ive met in Asia is going to Sydney) next month, to begin the year on my WHV.

Where are good areas to live in the city, to look for rental appartments or houseshares, cheap to moderately priced and within (relatively) easy reach to city centre, good areas etc? Is there anywhere that fits the bill? Or is there somewhere more obvious i could look for this information?

Id appreciate any help you guys could supply.

Go rabh maith agat.

2. Posted by s0f (Full Member 163 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Hi Wee Joe

Grab a local map of Melbourne if you can and scope out the suburbs that are around the 5km - 7km mark out of the city centre... this way you can get around fairly cheaply by train, tram or bus, or even walk if the weather permits.

Lets see what suburbs we have:
Richmond, East Melbourne, St. Kilda, South Yarra, Prahran, Albert Park, Carlton, Fitzroy, Collingwood, Port Melbourne, The Docklands, Parkville.

I'm from the South-Eastern Suburbs and if was to move into the city area I'd pick South Yarra, Albert Park, St Kilda, East Melbourne or Richmond to live in.

Then you can check out one or two popular websites for rentals and share accommodation:
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A great newspaper for looking for housing is the Saturday or Wednesday editions of The Age ( but you'll find that most listings in The Age are in the real estate websites above.

Good luck!

3. Posted by WeeJoe (Full Member 336 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Really appreciate the effort it took to sort this out for me Sofia, take care on your trip.


4. Posted by s0f (Full Member 163 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

ha ha!! No effort Joe! Just helping out. I've done house-hunting here in Melb. on numerous occassions so it really all just popped out of my head.

5. Posted by Quercus (Full Member 76 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Hi WeeJoe,

You'll find cheap accomodation in the northern suburbs - Fitzroy, Brunswick, Collingwood etc., and these suburbs have quite a nice bohemian atmosphere, but generally they aren't as 'clean and nice' as the southeastern suburbs.
Sometimes it really is the luck of the draw - you'll find some really great cheap places in the southeast and some expensive ones in the north.
If you want to share a house you could check out University of Melbourne, RMIT or Swinburne University bulletin boards.

6. Posted by ROLLonOZ (Full Member 36 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Also check out I found a place in about three days in Armadale. Only $270 a month and 4 stops from the centre of the city. Good luck