Australia’s cheapest share house suburbs 2022

Flatmates Team


New year, new budget … new place to live? If you’re looking to move but want to keep your costs down, we’ve got your back. We’ve run the numbers and tracked down the most affordable suburbs to share a house in within 10km of every one of the nation’s capitals. Here’s to spending less on rent and more on living.


Melbourne’s Cheapest Suburbs

 Perhaps you dream of a hipster haven near inspiring nightlife north of the CBD or maybe you’d prefer to dip into the countless cultural delights of the West. Melbourne’s cheapest suburbs include some fascinating places to live, shop, study and chill out. If proximity to the city is important to you, Fairfield and Thornbury should be top of your list!

Suburb Median Price Per Room Per Week Distance from the CBD
Fairfield $175 6.2km
Coburg North $180 9.6km
Braybrook $185 9.7km
West Footscray $190 8.2km
Coburg $190 8km
Pascoe Vale $191 9.8km
Pascoe Vale South $195 8.8km
Elsternwick $200 7.8km
Thornbury $200 7km
Preston $200 9.2km

Sydney’s Cheapest Suburbs

Australia’s priciest capital still has quite a few comparative bargains close to the CBD and greenspace-hugged Centennial Park has to be the closest! If you’re looking for a village vibe with great dining on your doorstep, beautiful Summer Hill has you covered. If lifestyle’s your priority, try friendly, leafy Eastlakes or Russell Lea. Beach lovers will find cheap rents in Kingsford, but if you want to be close to bushland, head to Lane Cove North.

Suburb Median Price Per Room Per Week Distance from the CBD
Croydon $205 9km
Eastlakes $210 6.9km
Centennial Park $220 3.7km
Tempe $230 8.1km
Summer Hill $230 7.4km
Russell Lea $233 6.2km
Ashfield $240 8.2km
Lane Cove North $250 7.6km
Kingsford $250 6.8km
Hillsdale $250 9.8km

Adelaide’s Cheapest Suburbs

Adelaide has some very affordable rentals with great perks, from green, hill-side Rostrevor, to beachy Glenelg East, where you can amp it up or take time out as the mood takes you! Families should head to Plympton for like-minded neighbours and that close-to-everything advantage. But if you’re after a more cosmopolitan feel, look at pretty, progressive Torrensville.

Suburb Median Price Per Room Per Week Distance from the CBD
Rostrevor $150 9.2km
Croydon Park $150 6km
Broadview $150 6.3km
Glenelg East $160 9.5km
Cowandilla $160 4km
North Plympton $165 6.4km
Clovelly Park $165 8.3km
Mitchell Park $173 9.4km
Torrensville $175 4.1km
Plympton $180 9.7km

Hobart’s Cheapest Suburbs

People-watchers, rejoice! Hobart’s quaint size has kept this list to a very friendly 4 cheapest suburbs close to the CBD (with the 4 most spenny to come). Battery Point has the cheapest share house rents in the city as well as the fanciest cafe society. For a breath of fresh air and a room with a (breathtaking) view, South Hobart’s your best bet. Leafy Newtown’s stately homes are surprisingly affordable for those who want atmosphere, while Glenorchy offers facilities galore plus great shopping.

Suburb Median Price Per Room Per Week Distance from the CBD
Battery Point $188 1.3km
South Hobart $190 1.6km
Glenorchy $193 6.6km
New Town $200 3.3km

Canberra’s Cheapest Suburbs

The words “cheap rent” and “Canberra” don’t often appear in the same sentence, but there are some affordable options surprisingly close to the CBD. Nature-lovers will find great places to bushwalk in Ainslie and Coombs, while students can enjoy life close to campus in Bruce. But for lifestyle points, you can’t go past Belconnen, which offers everything from beautiful lake walks to solid shopping options.

Suburb Avg Price Per Room Per Week Distance from the CBD
Mawson $193 8.5km
Bruce $200 7.3km
Ainslie $220 3.7km
Coombs $225 8km
Belconnen $228 8.4km
O’Connor $230 3.8km
Lawson $234 8.4km

Darwin’s Cheapest Suburbs

Darwin’s one of the most expensive capitals, rent-wise. So where can you save a buck? Nightcliff and Fannie Bay offer glorious sunsets, but with very different vibes, so to the greenie-market-lovers and those who’d appreciate life in a stately, older-style suburb: you’re all set! Wagaman sits on the doorstep of bustling Casuarina with its great shopping and beach access (but without the price tag), and for proximity to the CBD, you can’t go past Stuart Park.

Suburb Median Price Per Room Per Week Distance from the CBD
Wagaman $200 7.8km
Nightcliff $227 6.5km
Fannie Bay $238 1.6km
Stuart Park $240 0.8km

Perth’s Cheapest Suburbs

Perth’s all about lifestyle and the most affordable share-house suburbs, Wilson and Dianella, have that in spades. Yay! For serene, heritage streetscapes and top-notch cafe culture on the cheap, Leederville is your go-to. Meanwhile, family-friendly Doubleview doubles the value with its closeness to the beach. Perfect!

Suburb Avg Price Per Room Per Week Distance from the CBD
Wilson $150 9.0km
Dianella $150 7.6km
Saint James $165 7.2km
Yokine $170 6.7km
Cloverdale $174 8.2km
Doubleview $175 9.4km
Leederville $180 2.8km
Mount Hawthorn $196 4.2km

Brisbane’s’s Cheapest Suburbs

Brisbane has a good spread of low-priced rental options, starting with Rocklea, which some describe as the city’s best-kept secret thanks to its friendly feel and convenient location. Annerley and Fairfiled offer a great mix of easy CBD and river access for your daily fitspo fix, while Indooroopilly and Taringa are renowned for their something-for-everyone combos of shopping centres, sports facilities and schools in peaceful environs. What’s not to love?

Suburb Avg Price Per Room Per Week Distance from the CBD
Rocklea $160 9.9km
Fairfield $177 4.3km
Moorooka $178 7.2km
Annerley $178 5.1km
Wilston $180 3.7km
Taringa $180 5.4km
Kedron $180 7.5km
Indooroopilly $180 6.4km
Holland Park West $180 6.9km
Gordon Park $180 5.9km

So what are you waiting for? Affordable inner-city rent is only a click away! If you need help figuring out how much rent you can afford, we’ve got you covered! If none of the above suburbs tickle your fancy, check out our suburbs where rent has dropped in the past year to nab a bargain before the competition heats up.


Flatmates Team