Australia's most shared suburbs

on 13 May 2016 by Aaron

The tiny Sydney postcode of Chippendale – Darlington is officially the epicentre of ‘flatsharing’ in Australia, according to a recent analysis by Flatmates.com.au.

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Just over one in five private dwellings in the postcode (22% to be exact), were listed on the share-site over the past year—earning it the title.

Not far behind were the postcodes of Melbourne CBD and Brisbane CBD - Springhill with 19% of dwellings shared each .

Melbourne saw two more postcodes in the top-ten with West Melbourne (3003) and Southbank (3006), while Brisbane’s St Lucia (4067) also featured.

Unsurprisingly, Sydney’s steep rental prices meant its postcodes were most represented with Ultimo (2007), Pyrmont (2009), Bondi–Tamarama (2026) and the Sydney CBD (2000) all appearing in the top ten.

Rank Post Code Suburb Percentage of dwellings shared
1 2008 Chippendale – Darlington 22%
2 3000 Melbourne CBD 19%
2 4000 Brisbane CBD – Springhill 19%
4 2007 Ultimo 18%
5 2009 Pyrmont 17%
5 4067 St Lucia–St Lucia South 17%
7 2026 Bondi – Tamarama 14%
7 3003 West Melbourne 14%
9 3006 Southbank 13%
10 2000 Sydney CBD 12%

26 postcodes across Australia had at least one in 10 dwellings that were being shared while a further 70 postcodes had between five and 10% of dwellings.

Flatmates.com.au chief executive officer, Thomas Clement, said even he was a little surprised with the final results.

“When we think of share suburbs in say, Sydney, we think of Surry Hills, Darlinghurst, and Newtown, not Chippendale or Darlington.”

“On reflection, however, it does make sense for a suburb like Chippendale to top the list given that it’s centrally located to the city and universities, well connected by public transport and has become increasingly cosmopolitan. It shares this commonality with many of the suburbs that ranked highly.”

Flatmates.com.au achieved the results through analysis of share home listings created in the past 12 months and private dwelling data from the Bureau of Statistics.


New South Wales Top Ten

image Map by J.McGrath

Rank Post Code Suburb Percentage of dwellings shared
1 2008 Chippendale – Darlington 22%
2 2007 Ultimo 18%
3 2009 Pyrmont 17%
4 2026 Bondi – Tamarama 14%
5 2000 Sydney CBD 12%
6 2042 Newtown – Enmore 10%
7 2022 Bondi Junction 10%
8 2034 Coogee – South Coogee 10%
9 2010 Surry Hills – Darlinghurst 9%
10 2037 Glebe – Forrest Lodge 9%

Victoria Top Ten

image Map by J.McGrath

Rank Post Code Suburb Percentage of dwellings shared
1 3000 Melbourne CBD 19%
2 3003 West Melbourne 14%
3 3006 Southbank 13%
4 3052 Parkville 12%
5 3067 Abbotsford 12%
6 3053 Carlton – Carlton South 10%
7 3051 North Melbourne 9%
8 3168 Clayton 8%
9 3057 Brunswick East 8%
10 3008 Docklands 8%

Queensland Top Ten

image Map by J.McGrath

Rank Post Code Suburb Percentage of dwellings shared
1 4000 Brisbane CBD - Spring Hill 19%
2 4067 St Lucia – St Lucia South 17%
3 4169 East Brisbane – Kangaroo Point 12%
4 4064 Milton – Paddington 12%
5 4101 South Brisbane – West End 11%
6 4059 Kelvin Grove – Red Hill 11%
7 4102 Dutton Park – Woolloongabba 11%
8 4005 New Farm – Teneriffe 11%
9 4006 Fortitude Valley – Newstead – Bowen Hills 10%
10 4066 Toowong – Auchenflower 9%
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  • Aaron is the Flatmates.com.au's Community Manager and PR guy. He is an avid supporter and user of share accommodation, currently living with two (lucky) flatmates.