Australia's most competitive share accommodation suburbs

on 28 August 2015 by Aaron

Data released by Flatmates.com.au has revealed Australia’s most popular share accommodation suburbs.

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The data showed that some of Australia’s hipster epicentres were the most difficult places to land a room, with Melbourne’s Fitzroy leading the charge with as many as 17 people looking to each room listed.

Sydney’s Newtown also carried the theme being the state’s most desired suburb with eight people looking per room advertised.

Student havens were also popular with Canberra’s Acton experiencing up to 16 people looking to every room listed.

General Manager of Flatmates.com.au, Thomas Clement said the popular suburbs were desirable locations for both professionals and students, due to their proximity to the city and campuses.

“In some suburbs there can be a huge disparity between where people want to live and are looking, versus what is actually available and where they eventually will end up,” said Clement.

Clement suggested those struggling to secure accommodation should broaden their searches away from popular haunts.

“There are plenty of underrated suburbs in our cities that can offer just as much in terms of lifestyle and convenience.”

“I would suggest starting in your desired suburb and then move out. Try the next train stop or neighbouring area.”

“For example, Fitzroy saw 17 people grappling for each room, yet over the river in Kew only two people were competing per room listed.”

Below are the most competitive suburbs in each state and some less fought over alternatives.

Victoria

Suburb People looking per room listed
Fitzroy 17 to 1
Collingwood 12 to 1
Alternatives  
Kew 2 to 1
Ascot Vale 2 to 1

NSW

Suburb People looking per room listed
Alexandria 
 8 to 1
Newtown 8 to 1
Alternatives  
Pyrmont 1 to 1
Five Dock 2 to 1

Queensland

Suburb People looking per room listed
Brisbane City 
 7 to 1
Newstead 7 to 1
Alternatives  
Kelvin Grove 3 to 1
Kangaroo Point 2 to 1

ACT

Suburb People looking per room listed
Acton 
 16 to 1
Canberra Civic 12 to 1
Alternatives  
Braddon 4 to 1
Kingston 3 to 1

Western Australia

Suburb People looking per room listed
Leederville 
6 to 1
Perth City 5 to 1
Alternatives  
Bentley 5 to 4
East Victoria Park 1 to 1

South Australia

Suburb People looking per room listed
Unley 
11 to 1
Adelaide City 8 to 1
Alternatives  
Prospect 3 to 2
Goodwood 3 to 1
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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.