Brisbane’s most competitive share accommodation suburbs

on 1 May 2017 by Aaron

Found it hard to score a room in Brisbane recently? You probably weren’t alone if these suburbs were on your list.

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According to new data from Flatmates.com.au landing a room in some Brisbane suburbs over the past three months may have been tough, with demand for rooms outstripping supply.

Dutton Park, in Brisbane’s south took the title as most competitive with a whopping 47 people looking per room listed.

Mount Gravatt, located next to Griffith University’s Nathan campus, ranked second with a 37 people looking for each room.

Inner city suburbs of South Brisbane, Brisbane City and West End rounded out the top five with ratios between 24 and 21 people listed per room.

Browns Plains— 21.6km south of Brisbane City— with a demand ratio of 16:1 was the only suburb on the list located further than 10km from the centre.

Chief executive officer of Flatmates.com.au, Thomas Clement, explained the demand in many suburbs on the list was due to proximity to universities and the city.

“In suburbs such as Dutton Park, Milton and West End you have a mix of university students and working professionals vying for rooms at this time of year, which drives up the competition considerably.”

Clement suggested that those struggling to find a room should consider suburbs nearby.

“If demand in your desired suburb is too high, check out the those neighbouring or even a stop or two further out.”

“Generally speaking, you don’t have to look too far to see a drop in competition. For example Fairfield saw a ratio of only four people to each listed compared with neighbouring Dutton Park with 47 people per room.”

Rank Suburb Post Code Number of people looking per room listed Distance to city (Km)
1 Dutton Park 4102 47:1 2.7
2 Mount Gravatt 4122 37:1 9.0
3 South Brisbane 4101 24:1 1.2
4 Brisbane City 4000 23:1 0.0
5 West End 4101 21:1 1.8
6 Holland Park 4121 19:1 6.9
7 Browns Plains 4118 16:1 21.6
8 Milton 4064 15:1 2.0
9 Spring Hill 4000 13:1 1.1
10 New Farm 4005 12:1 2.4

Data compiled by Flatmates.com.au by comparing property and people listings on on the site from February 1 to May 1 2017, where the suburb had more than 10 property listings.

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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.