Australia's most shared suburbs

on 16 May 2016 by Aaron Wischusen

The small inner city Sydney postcode of Chippendale – Darlington has been revealed as Australia’s most shared, according to recent analysis by Flatmates.com.au.

The data revealed that 22% or just over one in five private dwellings in the postcode (2008) were listed on the flat sharing website in the past year.

In equal second came the postcodes of Melbourne CBD (3000) and Brisbane CBD – Springhill (4000), with 19% of dwellings shared.

Melbourne’s postcodes West Melbourne (3003) and Southbank (3006) also made the list in eight and ninth place, respectively.

Unsurprisingly, Sydney’s steep rental prices pushed four additional postcodes Ultimo (2007), Pyrmont (2009), Bondi – Tamarama (2026) and the Sydney CBD (2000), into the top 10.

Chief executive officer of Flatmates.com.au, Thomas Clement, said his view of traditional share accommodation suburbs had been somewhat challenged by the results.

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

“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.”

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

However, Clement suggests the percentage of shared homes could be even higher.

“At the last census, for example, Brisbane – Springhill registered 899 group homes, our data alone shows this number has grown by 41%.”

“Given listings on our site account for around 62% of the share accommodation market the results might not include homes listed elsewhere or set up by friends, which means the numbers would be even higher.”

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.

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%

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 Wischusen
  • aaron@flatmates.com.au
  • Public Relations and Community Manager