Australia’s most expensive share house suburbs 2022

Flatmates Team


Are you feeling bad n boujee? Or just bad? Whether you’re after a villa with beach views, a chic pad close to the city’s best nightlife or need to avoid expensive rent where possible, we’ve compiled a list of the priciest places to rent a share house around the country. Make a move to live your best luxe life or know where to avoid if you’re hoping to save.

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Sydney’s most expensive suburbs

From influencer-heavy Bondi to the yachting haven of Rushcutters Bay, Sydney, of course, boasts the most expensive rental suburbs in the country. Forget “grabbing a bite”: fine dining with breathtaking harbour views are yours in beautiful Balmain. Perhaps you’d prefer to spot famous neighbours in Bronte, or be spotted yourself sunbathing in Tamarama (aka Glamarama)? If you want the high life, you’ll play a pretty penny for the privilege.

Suburb Median Price Per Room Per Week Distance from the CBD
Bondi Beach $400 6.2km
Bronte $365 9.6km
Sydney CBD $360 0km
Haymarket $355 8.2km
Balmain $350 8km
Clovelly $350 9.8km
North Bondi $350 8.8km
Paddington $350 7.8km
Rushcutters Bay $350 7km
Tamarama $350 9.2km

Adelaide’s most expensive suburbs

From Kent Town’s cafe society to well-kept secrets like leafy, historic Cheltenham, Adelaide’s most expensive suburbs are magnets for the well-heeled. Prefer #beachlyfe? Then try glamorous Glenelg or high-class Henley Beach, where you can get your lashes lengthened or your fade refreshed before hitting the area’s cosmopolitan nightspots.

Suburb Median Price Per Room Per Week Distance from the CBD
Cheltenham $260 9.8km
Campbelltown $245 8km
Glenelg $238 9.8km
Kent Town $235 2.8km
Adelaide CBD $230 0km
Hilton $225 3.8km
Paradise $224 9.8km
Henley Beach $223 9.7km
Brooklyn Park $220 5km
Kurralta Park $215 4.1km

Melbourne’s most expensive suburbs

Inner-city enclaves like leafy East Melbourne, beachy Port Melbourne, and hipster Collingwood remain staples on the Melbourne’s-most-coveted (and most expensive!) suburbs list. But boutiquey Richmond and Prahran, along with boho Balaclava, are easy rivals, with their ever-changing menu of concept eateries and fancy bars. For the most eclectic mix you can’t go past Fitzroy North and Clifton Hill: intriguing by day and incredible by night!

Suburb Median Price Per Room Per Week Distance from the CBD
East Melbourne $320 1.6km
Collingwood $300 2.6km
Port Melbourne $283 4.1km
Prahran $283 5.3km
Balaclava $280 6.7km
Fitzroy North $280 3.8km
Clifton Hill $270 4.3km
Carlton $260 1.8km
Richmond $2600 3.2km
Southbank $260 1.8km

Perth’s most expensive suburbs

Idyllic, green Floreat and Mount Lawley top the list with the kind of big houses, gorgeous gardens and well-manicured verges that let locals know they’ve made it. Nollamara offers lovely homes and plenty of parks to take your Frenchie for a run. Ready to hit the green? Try Como, which is literally hemmed in by golf courses and is, by all accounts, a lovely place to be.

Suburb Median Price Per Room Per Week Distance from the CBD
Floreat $250 6.4km
Mount Lawley $250 2.3km
Perth CBD $250 0km
Highgate $238 1.7km
Nollamara $233 8km
Como $230 4.9km

Hobart’s most expensive suburbs

If an historic mansion or hilltop villa with water views is your idea of heaven, then look no further than Hobart’s most prestigious suburb, Sandy Bay. For something more upbeat, North Hobart’s nightlife is legendary — this is definitely the place to be seen on the scene. Nature-lovers who want an easy commute to the city can enjoy almost European-style views from West Hobart and Lenah Valley.

Suburb Median Price Per Room Per Week Distance from the CBD
Sandy Bay $265 2.4km
North Hobart $245 1.3km
West Hobart $220 1.3km
Lenah Valley $210 3.5km
Hobart CBD $208 0km

Canberra’s most expensive suburbs

For those who love nothing more than to spend lazy Saturdays people-watching and boutique-hopping, Griffith is top of the list. If you’re seeking the quiet life, multicultural Weston and green Kaleen have big houses on big blocks that will make your mates drool with envy. But for fine dining and funky nightlife, Braddon wins out with its boutique breweries and street art.

Suburb Median Price Per Room Per Week Distance from the CBD
Canberra CBD $330 0km
Weston $300 7.9km
Kaleen $280 8.2km
Braddon $275 2.5km
Griffith $275 2.7km
Phillip $270 7.1km

Darwin’s most expensive suburbs

Professionals pay a pretty penny to live in Darwin’s CBD, yet Larrakeyah offers a leafy, laid-back neighbourhood with gorgeous beaches — and the city is just a stroll away. Good vibes and plenty of instagrammable moments are to be had in Parap, with its galleries and markets. But if you prefer an exclusive, enclave-like atmosphere, beautiful Bayview’s your best bet.

Suburb Median Price Per Room Per Week Distance from the CBD
Bayview $300 1.4km
Clovelly $350 9.8km
Darwin CBD $300 0km
Paddington $350 7.8km
Larrakeyah $250 2.7km
Parap $240 0.7km

Brisbane’s most expensive suburbs

Riverside Teneriffe, up-and-coming Newstead, and Bulimba, with its cosy village vibe, are great places to splash out on a charming upmarket rental. Eclectic, edgy Fortitude Valley has cornered the culturally conscious selfie scene, and over the bridge, Kangaroo Point offers glam waterfront apartments just minutes from the CBD. For the quiet life, Camp Hill is hard to beat, with its strong community feel, loads of green space and luxe houses.

Suburb Median Price Per Room Per Week Distance from the CBD
Brisbane City $290 0km
Newstead $280 2.6km
Bulimba $250 3.7km
Camp Hill $250 5.8km
East Brisbane $250 2.5km
Fortitude Valley $250 1.3km
Mount Gravatt East $250 9km
Bowen Hills $245 2.4km
Kangaroo Point $243 1.3km

After something a bit more affordable but close by? Our cheaper suburb finder should help you out. But if you’re in need of a real bargain, (check out Australia’s cheapest share accommodation suburbs. Happy hunting!


Flatmates Team