Melbourne may be the most liveable city in the world, but it can also be one of the most expensive. By doing a little bit more research, you’ll be surprised at just how much money you can actually save yourself, and still find the perfect place to live. It is important to take into consideration all of the smaller elements which add up in day-to-day expenses. These considerations include travel costs, finding good schools, and even knowing where you can buy great produce locally.
If you have already decided that you will be moving to Melbourne, then you still have plenty more decisions to make. The city has a number of wonderful inner city suburbs and choosing which one is right for you will probably be the biggest decision you will make with regards to your interstate relocation.
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5 Most Affordable Inner City Melbourne Suburbs For Rentals
We have done our research and put together these very helpful insights into five of Melbourne’s most affordable, and best value, suburbs to rent.
Living just blocks from the beach in a leafy neighbourhood is actually possible with a limited budget. With a median rental of $295 a week for a one bedroom unit, it is much more affordable (close to half the price) than similar beach adjacent areas we see in Sydney, starting at $460 a week. As one of Melbourne’s smallest suburbs, Gardenvale flies just below the radar making it a quaint, peaceful community. Its immediate neighbour is the suburb of Brighton, one of the more affluent areas of Melbourne, and has the amenities and culture to match. Gardenvale benefits from excellent public transport, a large public garden and even a designated dog park. The mix of long term residents and new families establishing themselves in Gardenvale, give this enclave a strong sense of local community spirit.
This is a vibrant multicultural suburb to the west of Melbourne. It is known for its great (and cheap!) food scene and famous Footscray Market – which boasts a large variety of fresh produce and seafood. With a median weekly rent of $320 for a two bedroom residence, this is an excellent suburb for the first time renter or those wanting a real taste of Melbourne’s multicultural charms. The community has a strong immigrant population, young families with kids, up and coming professionals, as well as a thriving cosmopolitan scene. With excellent public transport services, local government, and community support projects, West Footscray puts a great emphasis on supporting its new residents, helping them learn to make the most of their new city.
At $350 a week for a two bedroom abode, Brunswick West is a culturally diverse area made home by professionals, tertiary students and artists. With a strong music and pub culture, it also boasts an eclectic group of independent stores with a focus on vintage, handmade, and artistic products. Brunswick West is easy to navigate, with three surrounding train stations and five tram routes, which is why residents tend to shun cars. As a creative hub, Brunswick West is one of the best places for people-watching in Melbourne, and a great place to get noticed for your own unique style.
Kingsville is a small suburb between West Footscray and Yarraville. With a median property rental of $450 per week, this is a high demand market with the majority of the population comprising mature, established professionals and families. This community is close to both the CBD and Port Phillip Bay, with a great cultural community and transport system. Regular driving however, may not be your best option in this location. Perfect for biking along the Maribyrnong River and shopping at the local fresh produce markets, Kingsville is a great location for those who want to be amongst the hustle and bustle.
Essendon has a lot of benefits for those seeking job opportunities. Close to the city, major freeways and airports, Essendon is quickly changing from a suburb of long held family homes to a more vibrant and forward moving community. It features a dynamic blend of both new world and old-school charm. This means you will have access to a delicious pub counter lunch, and a fancy macchiato, all in the same area. With a majority population of older and established couples with families, Essendon has a strong family oriented culture, supported by schools, sporting clubs, parks and reserves.
Although these suburbs provide the most affordable rent within a close proximity to Melbourne’s CBD, there are a number of other suburbs still up for consideration. It is a good idea to check out the map views on your real estate website, paying particular attention to the facilities on your wish list like public transport, parks or schools. Always remember, your choice should be in line with your lifestyle and needs. If you are moving within or outside of Melbourne, WridgWays Removalists is an established local, interstate and international removalist with the years of experience necessary for a smooth, easy move. WridgWays Removalists has 125 years of experience moving Australian families.