Best Suburbs to Raise a Family in Sydney

Best Suburbs to Raise a Family

Feeling frazzled looking for the perfect suburb to put down your roots and raise a family in? Don’t worry— you’re not alone. After all, everyone wants the best things in life for their children; and deciding exactly what that is can be a difficult task.

Common criteria that parents often look for in a neighbourhood is safety, and close proximity to shops and schools. Ideally, it should also have parks or beaches nearby for children to be able to spend their free time in.

With these considerations in mind, we’ve curated a list of our top 5 suburbs to raise a family in Sydney.

Waverley

If you’re looking for a suburb with a homely feel and great community spirit, then look no further. What sets Waverley apart from the other Eastern Suburbs is the warm neighbourly feel that it possesses. Sitting pretty between Bronte Beach and Queens Park, this suburb is also completely surrounded by nature.

Aside from the many beaches and parks in the area, families are particularly drawn to Waverley because of its local schools— with St Charles’ School and St Catherine’s School both holding a state overall score of 98.

2 Bedroom: $680/ week
3 Bedroom: $975/ week
Rental Availability: Medium

Pyrmont

A quick 7-minute commute from the city, Pyrmont provides families with an endless variety of shopping and cuisines to explore. Regular art and food events are also held here, so your children will be sure to grow up in a suburb bustling with culture.

Additionally, there are lots of family-friendly parks in the area for your little ones to run about and stretch their legs in.

2 Bedroom: $760/ week
3 Bedroom: $1000/ week
Rental Availability: High

Coogee

Whilst Coogee’s breathtaking views and stunning beaches need no introduction, it may come to a surprise to some that this isn’t the main reason that families have shown an increasing interest in Coogee. Instead, they are flocking to this suburb because of the high rankings that the schools in the area have achieved; with St. Brigid’s Catholic Primary School holding a state overall score of 97, and Coogee Public School scoring 96.

2 Bedroom: $650/ week
3 Bedroom: $908/ week
Rental Availability: High

Sydney

The heftier price tag that comes with living in the heart of the city has clearly not deterred families from choosing to call Sydney’s city home. And why would it? Living here will leave you absolutely spoilt for choice. Not only will you have the luxury of having a handful of parks to spend quality family time in, but St Mary’s Cathedral College, which holds a state overall score of 98, is also within walking distance.

2 Bedroom: $900/ week
3 Bedroom: $1400/ week
Rental Availability: High

Fairlight
Located in Sydney’s Northern Beaches, this picturesque little suburb is the perfect neighbourhood for families who want their youngins to grow up with the sea at their doorstep. While Manly Beach is only a few minutes down the road, Fairlight’s beach takes the cake if you prefer a more secluded and private area.

However, it is worth noting that Fairlight does not have any schools in the area. Hence, children who stay here would need to travel to surrounded suburbs for school.

2 Bedroom: $698/ week
3 Bedroom: $1075/ week
Rental Availability: Medium

Best Suburbs to Raise a Family in Sydney

Suburb Profile: Prahran

Enjoy living right smack in the heart of all that Melbourne has to offer? Well, then Prahran may be just the suburb from you.

This inner-city suburb is a stone’s throw from both the city and St. Kilda beach; and with influences from both, Prahran has certainly developed its own unique flavour. Some may call it the perfect middle ground of spunky and chic, while others may describe it as South Yarra’s charming younger sibling; but one things for sure— this easy-going suburb is filled with a multitude of independent shops and cozy little cafes.

If you’re searching for a suburb that perfectly encapsulates what it means to be living in the most liveable city in the world, look no further. Prahran will be sure to leave you head over heels in love with it.

Suburb Profile: Prahran

*Additional information was based on data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics

Suburb Profile: Prahran

Best Suburbs for Young Working Professionals in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane

Best Suburbs for Young Working Professionals

So you’ve finally scrimped and saved up enough to move out of that dingy share-house— congratulations! Now that the world is your oyster, its time to buckle down and start hunting for a location that ticks all the boxes your dream suburb; but with so many options, exactly which areas are young, working professionals flocking to?

Typically, its been shown that young professionals enjoy living in metropolitan areas— suburbs with a vibrant social scene, lots of culture, and of course, an easy commute to their work place. At Liveable, we’ve sussed out the rental hotspots that fit this criteria and are attracting a growing number of working professionals.

Sydney

Pyrmont

Famous for its impeccable views and its good range of recreational activities, its no wonder that independent youth take up the biggest percentage (35.5%) of people living in Pyrmont. This suburb is also home to an endless number of restaurants, ranging from cozy coffeeshops to higher end restaurants located at The Star.

With that said, Pyrmont is also Sydney’s most populated suburb, so prepare to hustle for seats at your favourite brunch spots on the weekends.

Commute to the CBD: 9 mins
Price for a 1 Bedroom: $583/ week
Rental Availability: High

Paddington

Seen as a neighbourhood where style meets culture, this trendy suburb is a great area for both singles and couples. There will always be something going on in Paddington to pique your interest— aside from the weekly Paddington Markets that take place every Saturday, there are also various art galleries and the cutest independent shops to keep you occupied.

With its laid back vibe, coupled with the picturesque row of Victorian terraces that line the street, Paddington is the perfect suburb to come home to after a tiresome day at work.

Commute to the CBD: 
 18 mins
Price for a 1 Bedroom: $473/ week
Rental Availability: High

Melbourne

Carlton

Credited as being the birthplace of Melbourne’s cafe culture, this suburb is the ideal location for foodies who love to wine and dine. Furthermore, there are various arthouses and museums that have events year round. For example, the contemporary Melbourne Museum is located at the Carlton Gardens.

Commute to the CBD: 16 mins
Price for a 1 Bedroom: $335/ week
Rental Availability: High

Hawthorn

For those looking for accomodation at a slightly lower price tag and don’t mind the commute, Hawthorn is a highly sought- after suburb that embodies a marriage between period-style houses and modern apartment buildings.

Aside from the typical mix of restaurants and pubs one can expect to find, Hawthorn is also conveniently located near the Yarra River, which is complete with its very own cycling path.

Commute to the CBD: 24 mins
Price for a 1 Bedroom: $295/week
Rental Availability: High

Brisbane

Fortitude Valley

Affectionately known as The Valley, this suburb embodies what it means to be an entertainment precinct. With clubs, bars, pubs and restaurants that greet you at every turn you take, this inner-city suburb is sure to spoil its residents.

Fortitude Valley also holds weekly Valley Markets. Holding the proud title of the longest-running market in Brisbane, the Valley Markets comprise of stores that sell quirky DIY crafts and knick-knacks, emerging fashion brands and much more.

Commute to the CBD: 16 mins
Price for a 1 Bedroom: $360/ week
Rental Availability: High

Springhill

With an increasing number of young dwellers moving here, spring has well and truly sprung in Springhill. This popular suburb continues to attract working professionals because of its proximity to the CBD.

Despite its convenient location, Springhill is often overlooked in favour of more alluring suburbs, such as the aforementioned Fortitude Valley and West End. Hence, this suburb would be ideal for those who prefer a bit of peace and quiet, and do not necessarily want to live in an incredibly hectic environment.

Commute to the CBD: 7 mins
Price for a 1 Bedroom: $400/ week
Rental Availability: High

Best Suburbs for Young Working Professionals in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane

Best Suburbs for Students in Sydney

Best Suburbs for Students in Sydney

With the new semester just around the corner, it is not uncommon for students to start looking for a change of scenery in terms of their accomodation.

After all, it can get frustrating having to share living facilities, such as the bathrooms and kitchen, between a whole floor of students. As such, many students often bid goodbye to their student accomodation and in turn, look towards renting off-campus accomodation either individually or with a group of friends.

With the help of results generated from Liveable, we’ve narrowed down the most popular suburbs amongst students that are both close to their chosen university, and have a buzzing student community that resides in the area.

University of Sydney (USYD)

 

  • Newtown

    Newtown is a favourite amongst Usyd students, not only because its conveniently located just 10 minutes away from the university, but also due to the vast number of pubs, bars and restaurants in the area.

    The University of Sydney has also recognised the convenience of this location and hence, has established one of their biggest student accomodations, Sydney University Village, in this friendly suburb.

    Furthermore, Newtown is vibrant and pulsing with life— with the Enmore Theatre, a popular music venue often drawing large crowds on the weekends.

    It costs $288/week for shared housing or $500/week to live in a 1 bedroom apartment.

  • Enmore

    This inner-west Suburb is another popular area that students choose to reside in. Despite being a little bit further away from the University of Sydney compared to Newtown (18 minutes via public transport), its appeal lies in its contemporary grunge vibe.

    Furthermore, Enmore is home to many up and coming foodie hotspots and has a ton of hidden gems that are tucked away, just waiting to be found.

    Similarly, it costs $288/week for shared housing or $500/week to live in a 1 bedroom apartment in this suburb.

University of New South Wales (UNSW)

 

  • Randwick

    Randwick is often the suburb of choice for UNSW students because of the fact that it only takes a mere 9-minute bus ride to get you from lectures to the comfort of your home.

    Due to this fact alone, there is a thriving student community in the area. This is complemented by lots of cheap eats (Randwick is particularly well known for its asian cuisine) and supermarkets— making it extremely convenient for students to adapt to living alone.

    Living in Randwick would set you back $334/week for shared housing or $510/week for a 1 bedroom apartment.

  • Kingsford

    If you’re after a slightly more affordable option, Kingsford may be the suburb for you. With an average rent of $275/week for shared housing or $430/week for a 1 bedroom apartment, many UNSW students also choose to call Kingsford home.

    Because of the large student population, it is not uncommon to chance upon restaurants and pubs with great student discounts. It also doesn’t hurt that this suburb is just a short 13 minute journey from the University.

University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

 

  • Ultimo

    Interestingly, the price of shared housing in Ultimo is comparative to a 1 bedroom apartment, with the former costing $390/week and the latter costing $380/week— not too steep of a price considering you’re a quick 6 minutes from UTS, and also incredibly close to Broadway shopping centre.

    With that said, it may be of interest to note that this suburb is known for having a relatively high crime rate, hence, students should be a little wary should they choose to walk home from late night study sessions or a night out.

  • Chippendale

    Chippendale was predicted to be Sydney’s next “it” suburb by Vogue Australia in 2015 and it has well and truly lived up to this reputation. In recent years, Chippendale has managed to redefine itself as one of the prominent art precincts, with regular gallery walks taking place in the area (eg. BEAMS Art Festival).

    It is a 6 minute journey to UTS and would cost an average of $338/week for shared housing or $510/week for a 1 bedroom apartment.

Macquarie University

 

  • Marsfield

    Marsfield is a great location for students who don’t enjoy the hustle and bustle of city living, but still crave the convenience of having a variety of shops and restaurants at their doorstep.

    This suburb is just a 4 minute drive to Macquarie Centre and a 13 minute bus ride to Macquarie University; needless to say, this is why Marsfield has such a concentrated population of students living in the area.

    Rent here would set you back $229/ week for shared housing, or $368/ week for a one bedroom apartment.

  • Pennant Hills

    Despite being 28 minutes away from Macquarie University, the commute would be well worth it for students who enjoy living amongst nature.

    After all, this safe and peaceful suburb is nestled within two large national parks. With a ton of walking trails to choose from, as well as a huge number of sporting facilities, your weekends will never fail to be dull in this Northern suburb.

    Rent in this area is an average of $217/ week for shared housing, and $385/ week for a one bedroom apartment.

Best Suburbs for Students in Sydney

Top 5 Dog-Friendly Suburbs in Melbourne

Dog-friendly suburbs in MelbourneA couple of years back, news that Gardenhill Complex was developing the first high-rise dog friendly apartments in Australia caused an incredible stir online. The building, inclusive of an enclosed ground-floor park where dogs are permitted to wander around off-lead, was set to begin development in Melbourne.

With findings that show more Australians live in households with pets compared to children, and that 2 in every 5 Australian households own a dog, its no wonder that the Gardenhill Complex sold more than 80% of its units in record timings.

But don’t fret if you missed out on buying a unit in this development— Melbourne has repeatedly been rated the most pet-friendly city in Australia, with a plethora of suburbs consisting of dog parks within walking distance from wherever you reside.

Using stats from Liveable, we found a variety of suburbs with a high number of parks in the area to ensure that you and your furry friend will be spoilt for choice:

  1. Carlton

    Princes Park is nestled in the heart of Carlton North, and is one of the few parks available for your four-legged friends to be able to roam free, off-leash. It is the best compromise for someone who is also looking to have a good work out while simultaneously taking their dog on a walk, as the area is surrounded by a massive jogging track.

    1 BR: $335/ week

    2BR: $482/ week

  2. Hawthorn

    Hawthorn is home to two gorgeous parks— Grace Park and Fairview park. The former is centrally located, and consists of a picture perfect oak-lined boulevard that runs through its centre. It also has a playground that your little ones will definitely delight in.

    Fairview park on the other hand, is a grassy space just off Riversdale Road. With its vast oval, this park is particularly popular with the four-legged community and you would be able to see balls being hurled across the field at any time of the day. It also consists of a river, making it the perfect spot for a casual stroll on a Sunday morning.

    Hawthorn, with its low crime rates, would also be ideal for people who often work late or prefer to take their dog for walks after sunset.

    1 BR: $295/ week

    2 BR: $425/ week

  3. Melbourne

    Just because lil Fido and you live in the city centre doesn’t mean that you have to give up the luxury of having parks nearby. In fact, Melbourne has multiple dog parks scattered across its city centre. Our two favourites are Clayton Reserve and Yarra Bend Park— both which allow for dogs to be off-leash.

    Clayton Reserve is securely fenced off so that you can relax while your pooch socialises and runs free with other dogs. With a peace of mind, Clayton Reserve is also ideal for dog owners to rub shoulders and mingle with each other.

    Yarra Bend Park, located near the CBD, is one of the largest multi-zoned parks in the city. This natural bushland has an open woodlands that can be explored so your walks with your pup will never become routine or boring.

    1BR: $385/ week
    2 BR: $550/ week

  4. Fitzroy

    Edinburgh Gardens is one of the more popular parks located in North Fitzroy, constantly filled with people having BBQs, playing footy or skateboarding. The gardens also have many eateries and pubs nearby, with friendly staff that will welcome your pooch with a bowl of water and endless pats.

    Darling Park is just that— absolutely darling. Despite its smaller size, it is packed with lush greenery and has a great community atmosphere.

    1 BR: $395/ week
    2 BR: $550/ week

  5. Broadmeadows

    Grab your walking shoes and head out with your furry friend to Broadmeadows Valley Park. It has multiple feature walks that can take you through scrubby bush or by river banks, depending on what you fancy.

    With its slightly lower price tag compared to the aforementioned suburbs, Broadmeadows is a viable option for students on a budget who are happy to live slightly further away from Melbourne’s CBD.

    1 BR: $220
    2 BR: $320

Top 5 Dog-Friendly Suburbs in Melbourne

Best Student Suburbs in Brisbane

With Brisbane being well-known as a city that provides its dwellers with an extremely balanced lifestyle, it comes to no surprise that this sub-tropical city is home to more than 100,000 students. Not only is Brisbane packed with some of Australia’s most prestigious universities, but the cost of living is also much lower compared to other cities such as Sydney and Melbourne.

For both domestic and international students who choose to study their tertiary education here, deciding which suburb to live in is highly dependent on which university you plan on attending.

Using Liveable, we found the best suburbs for students to settle into, depending on where you plan to study:

Students going to the University of Queensland:


St Lucia 
might be the suburb for you. A mere 15 minutes ride on public transport will get you to your classes in no time at all. This makes it a popular suburb for a huge number of university students— perfect if you’re looking to effortlessly integrate into the University’s social scene. Rent is also extremely affordable in this area, with shared housing starting at $197/week. 
Rental Availability: High

Students going to Griffith University:


Robertson 
is a favourable option for Griffith University students. This suburb does not only offer great value for money, with the average price of a one bedroom apartment going for $200/week, but it is also an extremely convenient location to live in! It is central to all amenities— shopping malls, restaurants, grocery stores and even a hospital; you name it, they’ve got it.
Rental Availability: Medium

Students going to James Cook University:


Fortitude Valley 
is located 12 minutes away from James Cook University. Although housing here is a little pricier than the aforementioned neighbourhoods, setting you back approximately $235/week for shared housing, living here is well worth it. Dubbed as the suburb that never sleeps, this entertainment precinct is best known for its wild nightlife. From trendy nightclubs to rooftop bars, you’ll be sure to have a fantastic experience living here.
Rental Availability: High

Best Student Suburbs in Brisbane

Best Neighbourhoods to Live Outside Central London

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Looking for a place to reside in London? Don’t limit your options to central London; be adventurous. After all, not only are London’s outer suburbs more affordable in terms of accommodation, they are also alive and buzzing with lots of creative energy and up and coming hotspots.

With each suburb encompassing its own charm and unique personality, we used Liveable to churn out the 5 best neighbourhoods to live outside central London based on its liveability— its attractions nearby, convenience and safety.

Here are the results:

  1. Clerkenwell

    Also known as London’s ‘Little Italy’, this quaint suburb is home to more than 2000 Italian settlers. This means that without a doubt, you’d be able to get your pick of a few of the best Italian restaurants in London.

    Furthermore, there are multiple art galleries and museums in the area to keep you occupied on the weekends!

    – 1 bedroom rent: £450/week
    – Closest Transit Stop(s): Farringdon, Angel Station, Chancery Lane Station, Barbican Station

  2. Hoxton West

    Hoxton is a hip and happening suburb, jam-packed with lots of culture and art. From art galleries to live music venues, there is always something exciting happening in the area. This makes a popular suburb for many young professionals who enjoy being involved in the arts scene in London.

    Hoxton is also a quick 10 minute tube ride to the heart of London.

    – 1 bedroom rent: £475/week
    – Closest Transit Stop(s): Old Street

  3. Weavers

    Located just outside the ultra trendy Hoxton area, Weavers is the perfect neighbourhood for those who enjoy the hustle and bustle at an arm’s length; and much prefer coming home to a quieter neighbourhood at the end of a long day.

    With lots of influence from South East Asian community, Weavers is certain to be a vibrant melting pot of cultures.

    – 1 bedroom rent: £326/week
    – Closest Transit Stop(s): Bethnal Green, Shoreditch High Street

  4. Canonbury

    This residential district, located in the North of London, is well known for their regency architecture; but don’t let the early-Victorian vibe of this neighbourhood fool you. With heaps of bars in the area that create a cozy and fun atmosphere, this neighbourhood is anything but a snooze town.

    It also conveniently has a high number of supermarkets in the area.

    – 1 bedroom rent: £375/week
    – Closest Transit Stop(s): Essex Road, Highbury & Islington

  5. Cathedrals

    Unlike the aforementioned neighbourhoods that attract a younger crowd due to its trendy attractions, this area is quite the opposite. As a popular spot for people to settle down in, the suburb is predominantly made up of a middle-aged demographic.

    This is because with its ideal location and good transport links, the best thing about this neighbourhood is how convenient it is.

    It also boasts a large number of major supermarkets in the area, as well as multiple restaurants and cafes for you to nip out for a bite if you fancy.

    – 1 bedroom rent: £365/week
    – Closest Transit Stop(s): Southwark Station, Borough Station, London Waterloo East, Elephant & Castle Station, Waterloo Station, London Bridge Station

Best Neighbourhoods to Live Outside Central London

Affordable Areas in London

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London has long been notorious for being the one of the priciest cities in the world to live in. Ranked 11th in terms of rental affordability, the monthly rental needed for a single person to comfortably live in London amounts to approximately £963.69.

This sum may seem like a small fortune, especially for a young working professional. But does it always have to be this expensive? After all, London is a huge city filled with endless possibilities.

Using Liveable, we’re here to help you narrow down your search and send you on your way to find the perfect home. With the price being the primary determining factor, followed by safety and convenience as less important considerations, here are our results:

  1. Kentish Town

    – £190/week for a 1 Bedroom
    – 18 minutes to central London
    – Medium levels of crime in the area

    Rent Availability: Medium
    Closest Transit Stop(s): Kentish Town, Tufnell Park

  2. Stroud Green

    £208/week for a 1 Bedroom
    – Fair amount of supermarkets nearby
    – Low crime

    Rent Availability: Medium
    Closest Transit Stop(s): Harringay

  3. Haverstock

    £205/week for a 1 Bedroom
    – Fair amount of supermarkets in the area
    – Medium level of crime

    Rent Availability: Medium
    Closest Transit Stop(s): Chalkfarm Station, Belsize Park Station, Kentish Town

  4. Cathedrals

    £365/week for a 1 Bedroom
    – 16 minutes to central London
    – High number of supermarkets in the area

    Rent Availability: High
    Closest Transit Stop(s): Southwark Station, Borough Station, London Waterloo East, Elephant & Castle Station, Waterloo Station, London Bridge Station

  5. Holloway

    £265/week for a 1 Bedroom
    – 14 minutes to central London
    – Medium level of crime

    Rent Availability: High
    Closest Transit Stop(s): Caledonian Road Station, Holloway Road, Drayton Park

 

Affordable Areas in London

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

Top neighbourhoods in London on an average salary

Where are the top neighbourhoods to live for someone on an average salary in London?

We delved into what the average salary is (£34,565) and the average % of salary that goes into rent (72%) – yes, it is that high (and ridiculous, if you ask us) !

We then took those numbers, plugged them into Liveable taking into account a couple of assumptions:

  • Affordability is Very Important with a maximum rent of £500, looking at shared accommodation and 1 bedroom places.
  • Commute is Very Important and we are commuting to Bank with a time no more than 30 mins.
  • Going Out, Convenience and Safety are all Important to us.

The top 10 neighbourhoods were (with median 1 bedroom rent per week):

  1. St Dunstan’s (£190/wk)
  2. King’s Cross (£294/wk)
  3. Spitalfields & Banglatown (£325/wk)
  4. Bunhill (£515/wk)
  5. Haverstock (£180/wk)
  6. St Peter’s (£283/wk)
  7. Prince’s (£185/wk)
  8. Weavers (£340/wk)
  9. Holborn and Covent Garden (£505/wk)
  10. Barnsbury (£387/wk)

The good news is in the top 3 neighbourhoods, median weekly rents are well below 72% of the average salary earned in London, which means that they are still some “bargains” to be had.

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Top neighbourhoods in London on an average salary

Top neighbourhoods in London on an average salary