Australia's cheapest uni suburbs (and the most spenny ones)



Midyear uni semester break is upon us! Wooo! Which means it’s time for some rest and recuperation, partying (a lot of partying) and for many, a fresh start in a new share house.

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When you’re still studying, finding a home that is close to campus and within your budget is a top priority – obvi. Below, we take you through the cheapest and most expensive suburbs to rent within 3km of your campus in each capital city. Rent is calculated as the median price for a room in a share house. Don’t see your uni below? Let us know and we can help you out!

Remember, these are the cheapest and most expensive suburbs within 3km of your uni campus, but you may find it more beneficial to be somewhere in between work and uni, close to family or your mates. You can also use our Cheaper Suburb Finder to find more affordable suburbs close to your desired area.


Warm and sunny Adelaide is the perfect spot for uni students who want a community feel in a bigger city. With a 1.3 million population to date, hang out with and make new friends with, you’ll be sure to have a rad time. Compared to other capital cities, you can nab a pretty good room in a share house close to campus for pretty affordable rent. Thanks Adelaide!

University Most Expensive Suburb Most Affordable Suburb
University of Adelaide Norwood $211pw Unley $193pw
University of South Australia Kent Town $234pw Rostrevor $150pw
Flinders Uni Bedford Park $185pw Seacombe Gardens $150pw


Stunning Sydney and the home of Australia’s most expensive rent (sigh). You’ll have a lot of month left at the end of the money in Sydney if you’re not careful where you live. Lucky for you, we’ve popped the cheapest and most expensive Sydney uni share suburbs below, so you know what you and your wallet are in for.

University Most Expensive Suburb Most Affordable Suburb
UNSW Paddington $350pw Centennial Park $220pw
University of South Sydney Camperdown $335pw St Peters $259pw
UTS Haymarket $355pw Redfern $278pw
University of Western Sydney Parramatta $250pw Rosehill $200pw


Melbourne is a student city with something on every night of the week and cheap bargains to be found all across the city. The city’s unis are also super spread out, so where you live and choose to go to uni could change your suburb vibe and budget greatly.

University Most Expensive Suburb Most Affordable Suburb
RMIT/Melbourne CBD campus East Melbourne $320pw Abbotsford $220pw
Victoria Uni West Melbourne $250pw Sunshine North $160pw
Latrobe/RMIT Bundoora Macleod $250pw Rosanna $152pw
Monash Ormond $240pw Glen Iris $208pw


Sleepy and beautiful Hobart only has the one uni, but with a few different campuses in the CBD and in Sandy Bay. Up north, in Launceston, there are two main campuses in Invermay and Newham for our marine science bros (we stan). As both are relatively close, we’ve combined the cheapest and most expensive suburbs here.

University Most Expensive Suburb Most Affordable Suburb
UTAS (Sandy Bay) Sandy Bay $265pw Battery point $188pw
UTAS (Launceston) Invermay $215pw Mowbray $164pw


Uni in Brisbane is a win win for students! Brisbane is a city made for those who love the best of both worlds - it’s got the hot weather that Sydney provides combined with the arts and foody scene of Melbourne, topped off with cheap rent. You can’t go wrong setting sail for Brisbane! | University | Most Expensive Suburb | Most Affordable Suburb | |:————|:———–:|:———–:| | QUT | Newstead $280 | Wilston $180pw | |:————|:———–:|:———–:| | Griffith University | Mount Gravatt East $250pw| Holland Park West $180pw | |============:|============:|============:| | University of Queensland | Dutton Park $208pw| Fairfield $177pw|


Like Hobart, Darwin has one stunning uni in Charles Darwin University. Due to rising cost of living and the amount of short term rentals in Darwin (holiday rentals we’re looking at you), Darwin’s rent is pretty expensive and there isn’t much change from the cheapest and most expensive suburbs close to uni.

University Most Expensive Suburb Most Affordable Suburb
Charles Darwin university Wagaman $237pw Rapid Creek $226pw


Our western sister Perth, has great unis to pick from and an even greater variety of places to live - are you a Golden Triangle Girl or prefer the hipster enclaves of Highgate? Either way, you’ll be paying for what you get, so make sure you choose wisely.

University Most Expensive Suburb Most Affordable Suburb
Edith Cowan University Mount Lawley $250pw Leederville $180pw
Curtin University Como $230pw Wilson $250pw
University of Western Australia Nedlands $200 pw Glen Iris $208pw


The nation’s capital and the pick of the unis Australia has to offer. But buyer beware, as Canberra comes with capital prices.

University Most Expensive Suburb Most Affordable Suburb
ANU Canberra CBD $330pw O’Connor
University of Canberra Kaleen $280pw Bruce $200pw
ACU Dickson $255 Ainslie $220pw
Charles Sturt Griffith $275 Kingston $269pw

Enjoy semester 2 knowing you’ve got the best bang for your buck, whilst still loving super close to campus.




Claudia is Flatmates' Community Manager. She loves her share house, her plants and her side-hustles.