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1. Posted by hels82 (Full Member 96 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi, i realise this may have been discussed previously but i havent been able to find anything after doing a quick search.

Basically im off to Melbourne next Feb and I will be working there for 6 months (already have a job sorted so know whereabouts in Melbourne i need to be) What im wondering is, where do I look for accomodation? I dont really want to stay in a hostel so long-kinda like to have my own room-but equally i do want to be with other peope-ie dont want to be stuck in a flat with no friends for 6 months. So any ideas on where to look for suitable accomodation-shared houses/apartment complexes for people like myself-would be really appreciated.

Thank you!

2. Posted by joey22 (Respected Member 561 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!


i'm moving to melbourne in may, after 6 weeks in india, to live with my girlfriend.

she lives in st. kilda and that seems to be the best place to head to in melbourne for flats/share houses....

her house is full... i will be sharing her room so cant help with an actual offer of accomm, and by then im sure you will have found somewhere, but that seems the best area of the city.

i can ask her if theres a list of places in the paper or something if that might help?

other than that, maybe we will cross paths over there haha

sorry, this is probably comepletely useless for you, but i reckon st. kilda could be a good start for you?

joe :)

3. Posted by chel (Budding Member 24 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!


i check online at

and i would probably suggest Fitzroy, brunswick or St kilda. There good for transport and easy access to the city. Stkilda has awesome shops, things to go. So does Fitzroy street, anything near brunswick street is cool.

4. Posted by hels82 (Full Member 96 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi thanx for the advice. I was trying to avoid st Kilda-as im told it would be a half hour commute from there (i know thats not long but trying to cut down the commute) and also that its quite pricey. Altho it does look a cool place to live. I will be working in Fairfield when i get out there.
I will have a look at that website thanx Chel and Joe that would be very cool if you could ask your girlfriend if she knowd where i can look.

5. Posted by Penster (Budding Member 4 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!


I lived in melbourne earlier this year for 4 months and after living at base backpackers for 3 weeks (argh!) i moved into a shared apartment in Bourke Street (the CBD) with swimming pool, gym and tennis courts, right next to the Southern Cross Station (formerly Spencer Street)and Telstra Dome. It was $23 a night including bills, and we had a dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer, concierge, free internet and free local calls!! Really nice apartment too! Check out and if you speak to adam or jeremy tell them penny and anna recommended you stay there.

I'm soo jealous of anyone going there its an amazing city with excellent nightlife and shopping!!

Have Fun!

6. Posted by hels82 (Full Member 96 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi, oh its good to hear a good review of travel and live-i had seen their website and thought it looked good-if a little too good to be true. Did you find it was a good way to meet others? Im travelling alone so do want to meet people but equally i dont particularly want to share a room-i figure im going to be earning enough to allow myself the luxury of my own room lol.

7. Posted by Penster (Budding Member 4 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I would definately say that Base Backpackers was a great place to meet people and you'll find that loads of other people are looking for somewhere to live too. Even if you don't stay there you should go in there for a drink as it has its own bar. There's laods of people there travelling by themselves so everyone wants to mingle.

It was through someone we met there that we heard about travel and live. I was travelling with my best friend so we ended up sharing a room and we had 2 flatmates that shared the other room. You can get a room to yourself but i think it costs more but its probably still as cheap as a hostel. I also think its a bit more difficult for adam and jeremy to come up with single rooms so let them know in advance if you decide you want to live there.

As for meeting would really only get to know the people in your own flat because its a residential apartment block with city workers etc living there and only a few of the apartments are for travel and live.

Hope this helps x