20 Melbourne suburbs to rent a room under $250

on 1 April 2016 by Jen

Is your rent getting you down?


Literally down, as in your bank balance plummeting? Fear not, you’re probably not alone. Rent is on the increase in Melbourne, and unfortunately, that includes share accommodation too.

New data from Flatmates.com.au, based on listings creating in 2016, revealed a startling 21 suburbs with average weekly rent of over $250 for a private room. Yep, over $250. 😮

With Melbourne firmly cemented as Australia’s most liveable city, it could be easy to blame increasing rents on the stampede of northerners crossing the border.

Hearing this, you might be ready to throw in the towel and move to Tasmania, and we don’t blame you – rent down there is actually affordable.

But before you do anything rash (re: above), there are a number of suburbs close to the city where you can land a room without being robbed.

To help you with your search, check out our picks for the best 20 Melbourne suburbs with a weekly rent of less than $250.

Happy hunting:

Suburb Average Rent Per Week in 2016 Dist. To City
St Kilda East $249 9km
Richmond $248 4km
North Melbourne $243 2km
Windsor $240 7km
Prahran $237 6km
Balaclava $235 8km
Fitzroy North $228 5km
Northcote $220 7km
Hawthorn $219 7km
Parkville $214 4km
Hawthorn East $210 8km
Brunswick West $206 6km
Kew $203 7km
Seddon $202 8km
Kensington $201 5km
Thornbury $201 9km
Newport $199 12km
Yarraville $196 9km
Footscray $192 7km
Preston $186 10km

Prices based on private room listings created on Flatmates.com.au between Jan 1 - Mar 10 2016

  • Jen
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  • Jen is Flatmates.com.au's PR and Community Intern. She can usually be found traipsing around the inner-west with a large coffee and big book.
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