Top 3 suburbs for Students in Melbourne

Starting your life in a new country is a big deal for anyone, but can be an especially daunting task if you’re a student moving away from home for the first time. While the prospect of meeting new people and exploring a foreign country is exciting, it is also important to remember that finding a decent place to live abroad can be difficult— But it doesn’t have to be.

As a student, it is important to consider certain priorities when looking for accommodation: how close it is to the location of your main campus, whether or not the suburb is safe and of course, the price tag of the place.

We took these three factors into consideration and used Liveable to quickly churn out results tailored specifically to your needs. Setting the commute, affordability and safety of the search to ‘Very Important’, here are our results:

  1. Carlton
    – $208/week for a shared house
    – $335/week for a 1 Bedroom
  1. Melbourne CBD
    – $205/week for a shared house
    – $385/week for a 1 Bedroom
  1. Docklands
    – $299/week for a shared house
    – $430/week for a 1 Bedroom

Besides fitting all our aforementioned requirements, these suburbs also have high accessibility to numerous cafes and restaurants that will definitely get you excited about Melbourne’s famous brunch culture. On a student budget? No problem. Liveable results show that there are also various grocery stores in the vicinity so you’d be able to whip up a scrumptious meal with no effort at all.

With all this information at your fingertips, deciding where to live doesn’t seem so unnerving anymore, does it?

Top 3 suburbs for Students in Melbourne

Moving to Sydney

You’ve decided to take the plunge and move to Sydney, congrats! Judging from how Sydney has routinely ranked amongst the world’s most liveable cities, you couldn’t have made a better choice. With how much this beautiful city has to offer, it may be a bit of an effort to narrow down where you want to reside. After all, there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to finding your perfect home— having a street full of bars at your doorstep may seem like heaven to one person but hell to another; the liveability of a suburb hinges greatly on what your interests are and what you want to get out of your new life.

So lets break it down:

1. Students

When looking for accommodation as a student, a couple of factors come into play. Of course you want to be near your university, but you also want to be able to duck out after a long day of assignments to grab a beer with your mates. If this sounds like you, Newtown might be your calling.

A mere 10-minute bus ride to the University of Sydney and UTS, you’d have no problems getting to your classes on time. The streets are also lined with restaurants, many of which offer student discounts on meals, and a range of bars that offer anything from $10 jugs or fancy cocktails for a night out.

2. Young, working professionals

You’re young, carefree and excited to see what the world has in store for you. Living in the heart of Sydney will provide you with the luxury of experiencing this lively city in full swing.

Albeit the heftier price tag, it’s a quick 7 minute commute into the CBD, so you won’t have to worry too much about peak hour traffic. Its also a great area to spend your weekends wandering around— we promise that you’ll be spoilt for choice in terms of food, entertainment and shopping.

3. Beach Junkies

Maybe you were drawn to Sydney because of its glorious weather and plethora of beaches. If that’s the case, you might want to look into finding accommodation at Cronulla. As one of Sydney’s most-loved beachside suburbs, it often draws a large crowd of surfers looking to catch some waves. The outdoor café scene is also booming and offers you a great panoramic view of the seaside.

Oh, and did we mention that accommodation wouldn’t burn a hole in your pocket too? The average rent for shared housing in the area is $242 per week.

4. Families

Sydney is a lovely place to settle down and raise a family. When thinking about settling down here, it is important to ensure that the suburb is safe and convenient. Cremorne fits these criteria perfectly.

Located 22 minutes away from Sydney’s CBD, this suburb is far away enough to avoid the hustle and bustle of the city. However, everything from restaurants to supermarkets can easily be found in the area. This family-friendly suburb not only has one of the lowest crime rates in Sydney, but it also has fantastic playgrounds and parks for the little ones to stretch their legs.

All results generated using Liveable

Moving to Sydney

How Australian cities have changed in the last 30 years

Some real numbers on how Australian cities have changed to become more and more urban over the years.

The article takes Melbourne as an example but we are definitely seeing this trend across all Australian cities. It won’t be long before the “20-minute city” concept becomes reality. We just need infrastructure and development to keep up with the changes.

How Australian cities have changed in the last 30 years

Crime in Sydney

How safe is your suburb or a suburb you’re looking to move into?

Liveable now tracks Crime across Sydney which you can adjust as part of your preferences when picking a suburb. Check it out at

We’ve also put together a list of the safest neighbourhoods in Sydney based on the data we’ve gathered from the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research.

1. North Wahroonga
2. North Epping
3. Russell Lea
4. East Killara
5. Duffys Forest
6. Willoughby East
7. Bonnet Bay
8. Westleigh

Crime in Sydney

Top Brisbane Suburbs

Where are the top suburbs in Brisbane for Affordability, Commute, Going Out and Convenience? We’ve put that together in a nifty little infographic.

See more and personalise based on your preferences @

1. Camira
1. Gailes
1. Goodna
4. Kingston
4. Logan Central

1. Spring Hill
2. Fortitude Valley
3. Kelvin Grove
3. Petrie Terrace
3. Bowen Hills

1. Brisbane
2. Fortitude Valley
3. Petrie Terrace
4. Spring Hill
5. Highgate Hill

1. Fortitude Valley
2. Greenslopes
3. Capalaba
4. Taringa
5. Albany Creek

Top Brisbane Suburbs

Domain’s Top Suburbs in Sydney

A number of people have forwarded and asked us what we thought about today’s article on the most liveable suburbs in Sydney published by Domain.

If you haven’t seen the list, it’s available at:

We’re not sure if they noticed but the top 10 list seems to be heavily skewed towards suburbs in the Lower North Shore, and there hasn’t been much visibility on how 8 suburbs made numbers 1-8 on the list, or what the calculation was behind that list.

One rather interesting / amusing opinion piece basically sums up what many people thought about the list:

So, what do we think?

To us, suburb rankings don’t mean anything, unless it’s personalised since everyone’s preferences are different. You may want a nice leafy suburb that’s kid or pet-friendly but someone else might want to be close to universities or access to the nightlife Sydney has to offer (yes, we know, there are lock-out laws but let’s not get started on that).

Once the list of suburbs get personalised, there needs to be a clear, transparent scoring system that shows how each preference chosen makes up the final score for the suburb, which is what the data used in the article today seem to be lacking.

And this is where we feel we deliver value in. Since we launched in Sydney, our goal was to let people ask the questions and select what they deem important to them. From there, Liveable then perform the calculations on-the-fly giving the list of top suburbs based on what’s important for that specific person.

Try it out yourself and find out which suburbs rank best for you @

Domain’s Top Suburbs in Sydney
Domain’s Top Suburbs in Sydney