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: Marrickville

A melting pot of cultures, Marrickville is an incredibly diverse suburb located in Sydney’s Inner West. With more than 40% of the suburb’s residents born overseas, its no surprise that the suburb celebrates its diversity throughout its community. This ranges from the abundance of restaurants that serve up cuisines from across the globe, to the regular events held at the Addison Road Community Centre, a hub that promotes culture, diversity and sustainability.

Aside from its focus on multiculturalism, Marrickville also has a thriving independent art scene, with multiple galleries, studios and theatres in the vicinity. It is also common for various artist-run initiatives to take place in this lively suburb. Furthermore, festivals such as Sydney’s Fringe Festival and Art Month Sydney often hold exhibits and walking tours here.

With such a large array of attractions, Marrickville has quickly become a popular hotspot for buying and renting property.

In order to help you decide if this suburb is your cup of tea, we’ve broken down the ins and outs of Marrickville into a neat little infographic:

Suburb Profile: Marrickville

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

Suburb Profile: Marrickville

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

Melbourne vs. Sydney

Its the age old debate… Melbourne or Sydney?

For those of you considering moving to either of these cities, its always a good idea to weigh the pros and cons of each location.

Sydney is Australia’s biggest city, known best for its good weather and lengthy summers. Despite being a metropolitan city, you’ll never be far from nature; its surrounded by numerous national parks and a plethora of beaches.

On the other hand, Melbourne is Australia’s sweetheart. With an outstanding café culture, balanced perfectly with a thriving art scene, its easy to see why this laid-back city is regularly ranked amongst the most liveable cities in the world.

Despite all the different factors that come into play when making a decision, the cost of living would definitely be one of the indisputable deciding factors. With data gathered from Numbeo, we made a nifty little infographic to provide a quick overview.

SYD vs MEL

Further results were generated using Payscale

Melbourne vs. Sydney

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

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 liveable.co/sydney

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