Renting a flat in Melbourne

May 31st, 2009, 09:38 AM
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Renting a flat in Melbourne


I am planning to move to Melbourne for a year in November (from Ireland). Can anyone help me with information on getting accommodation?

I would be looking to rent a room in a flat in a central area. I'd want it to be of a good standard without being extortionate.

Can you tell me:
- The decent areas to rent in and those to avoid?
- The best websites to use when I am there to look for a place?
- How much I should budget for (assuming a room sharing with 2 others in a medium sized modern apartment for example)?

Thanks in advance

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May 31st, 2009, 03:56 PM
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The Australian phrase used to describe this type of renting is "share accommodation." Here's one website that might be helpful.
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Jun 1st, 2009, 08:56 AM
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thanks susan. any suggestions on an area to look in?
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Jun 2nd, 2009, 02:31 PM
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I'm not a local but the areas I've always liked when I have visited are the inner city areas: Fitzroy, Carlton. St Kilda which is further out but near the bay. Being on a tram line makes transportation easier. I'm sure a Melbourne person will chime in shortly to give better advice.
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Jun 2nd, 2009, 06:04 PM
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Try South Melbourne, Albert Park, Elwood, Richmond, Middle Park, Port Melbourne, South Yarra. I'd avoid St Kilda - it can be a bit noisy and worrying.
Search on and see what it gives you.
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Jun 4th, 2009, 02:35 AM
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great stuff, thanks guys
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Jun 5th, 2009, 01:33 AM
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Budget may dictate where you will end up .

The word I get these days is that you are generally looking at A$250 pw upwards for a room in a share house in one of the preferred zones .

The rental market had been very tight and in fact rents jumped up in cost significantly until the recession started to bite but the population of Melbourne continues to grow and so does rental demand .

St Kilda has a lot of backpacker and bar life ,hustle and bustle ( I lived there for 13 years until I had enough )and some great eateries etc .

Fitzroy , Carlton and Collingwood are diverse and located near the University .Great eateries bars and the like and all within easy walking of the central city .

Sth Melb , Albert Park , Middle Park are very nice , near or on the water and on the way to St Kilda .Quieter .

Sth Yarra , Armadale , Prahran and Windsor are busy , trendy and diverse .

And of course the central city itself which is abuzz these days and has a lot of accomodation in old buildings and new .

Besides , look at as well .Both sites will show you rental in these areas and housing stocks generally .
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Jun 6th, 2009, 03:34 PM
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thanks john, great tips
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