Adelaide is one of Australia’s most laid back capital cities, which explains why so many of our hottest share house suburbs are close to the CBD. But if you hate the city life, you’re in luck. Check the list below to see what lifestyle choices are to be had a little further afield. Love the beach? there’s seaside burbs aplenty.
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Peak season for share accommodation is Dec-Feb. Why not get ahead of the action and make the move to your dream suburb before the crowds return?
If you love the idea of being in the thick of things — close to work, uni, nightlife and cafe culture — but you also enjoy spending time outdoors, Adelaide’s CBD might just be your dream come true. It’s one of the nation’s least congested centres, with plenty of public transport to get you wherever you need to go. Within the CBD you’ll have your pick of the city’s shopping, restaurants, bars and entertainment venues, plus nearby sporting hubs like Adelaide Oval, Golf Course and Aquatic Centre at your fingertips.
Just across the park from the Royal Adelaide Hospital lies the stately, historic suburb of Mile End. It is just a mile from the CBD, which means you’ll have easy access to everything the city has to offer, while living in an attractive, family-friendly neighbourhood. With low-rise apartments springing up, and excellent shopping (from a big Bunnings to corner-store Asian groceries) this area is a hit with young professionals and students too. Easy access to SA Athletics and Netball Stadiums makes it a great place for sports fans.
Encircled by parkland, North Adelaide is the city’s favourite suburb — and some would say its most beautiful too. Laid out in a simple grid, this suburb offers street after street of heritage homes within a short walk of the CBD, Adelaide Oval and the Botanical Gardens. That makes it popular with professionals and students and your wallet! Renowned for its excellent dining options, North Adelaide’s cafe scene is very strong, so plan your Saturdays accordingly.
Want to live in a friendly, safe neighbourhood filled with older-style homes? You’ll find it north of the city in quiet Prospect. Here, families, professionals and students rub shoulders along the Prospect Road shopping strip on a Saturday morning — and have plenty of places to grab a really delicious bite in the evenings. The annual Tour Down Under cycling race passes through here each summer, but with a selection of local community events throughout the year, you won’t need to wait till then to have fun!
Clean, green Brompton is great for those who want a welcoming neighbourhood that’s undergone a transformation in recent years. Whether you’re looking for an older style place or a new townhouse, you’ll find it here. Brompton is close to the foodie hub of Prospect Road and has its own share of cafes and bars, but doesn’t attract visitors the way Prospect does. Cue the tranquility! Of course, it’s just a short drive from the CBD and is well served by buses, so you’ll have no trouble getting to where you need to be.
Multicultural Mawson Lakes lies 12kms from the CBD and is bounded by wetlands, so there are plenty of water views, parks and walks to enjoy. It takes in the Uni SA campus and is serviced by excellent public transport, which makes it great for students. But this friendly neighbourhood is also popular with families and professionals. It’s a short walk to the colourful Paddy’s Markets for your weekend hot doughnut fix and there are plenty of other shopping and eating options on hand.
The aptly named Parkside sits — you guessed it! - is south of Pityarilla Park and just a short walk or bike ride from the CBD. Parkside is one of Adelaide’s favourite suburbs: it’s unpretentious and low-key, yet has excellent eateries and shopping strips. Its close-knit community makes those who live here feel very welcome. Older style and newer homes line quiet, leafy streets and as well as being dotted with parks, Unley Oval is just a couple of streets to the west.
A short stroll east from the CBD brings you to Norwood, one of Adelaide’s most desirable suburbs. It’s not hard to see why: Norwood is renowned for its trendy bars and cafes, stylish specialty shops and progressive atmosphere, all clustered around The Parade. Together, these attractions draw visitors from across the city and beyond, which means parking can be painful, and bars and clubs can get noisy late at night. But if you’re up for fun, you’ll find some of Adelaide’s best entertainment options right here.
Just 20 minutes south-west of the CBD and 5 minutes from the beach lies Marion: a self-sufficient suburb that’s loved by students, families and professionals alike. You’ll have everything you need here, from great shopping to green space. Large blocks and newer-style family homes are common, so you’ll have plenty of room to spread out, but the suburb also has great train and bus links to the CBD and beachside suburbs like Glenelg and Seacliff.
Thebarton is bounded by Karrawirra Parri creek to its north and Bonython Park to its east and to the west lie Kings Reserve and the Thebarton Aquatic Centre. Space to get outside? Check! This suburb is just next door to the CBD, but retains two great advantages that some other inner city suburbs don’t: character and affordability. Great pubs, a relaxed atmosphere and proximity to both the Uni of SA and Adelaide Uni make Thebarton popular with students, but professionals also enjoy the short — and cheap! — morning commute.
The data above shows the most in-demand Adelaide share suburbs on our site from Dec 2019- Feb 2020, which is the peak season for share accommodation. We’re now in November and rents have dropped in many areas due to COVID. Why not get ahead of the crowd and find your dream house now, without the stress of peak-time competition?