7.9 out of 10

Brunswick

Ranked 245th best suburb in Melbourne (Greater)
-37.7630589557001 144.959225810387
Great for
  • Public Transport
  • Eating Out
  • Neighbourly Spirit
  • Internet Access
  • Resale or Rental Value
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Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Dec 16, 2016

"Inner City Hum with a small town feel"

I love living and working in Brunswick, there are always friendly faces, a great vibe, brilliant and interesting shops, and everything you could need is a walk, ride or tram away.

Mix of cultures and classes all coming together to create the wonderful community of Brunswick. I live and work in the suburb and would not be anywhere else in the world.

Karen Arnold
Senior Property Manager - Ray White Brunswick
0415 093 075
Pros
  • Great parks
  • Sydney Road Street Party
  • Ability to be yourself - wear and be anything!
  • Community feel
  • Public transport
  • decent coffee
  • eating out
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5
Oct 26, 2015

"10 Things to Know Before Moving to Brunswick"

1) Brunswick has lots of great shops. Whether it’s the varied shopping on Sydney Road, the staples in Barkley Square, or the plethora of great places to eat on Lygon Street, you will never go hungry! For eating, I suggest Rumi, Town Hall Kebab, Tandoor n Spices, Moo Moo’s Milk Bar among others!
2) NBN is available! Check here for coverage: http://www.nbnco.com.au/develop-or-plan-with-the-nbn/check-rollout-map.html Brunswick’s postal code is 3054 for the NBN and you can see coverage stops south of Albion St.
3) Rental properties in the area are affordable and varied. Everything from apartments, houses and duplexes can be found. As more infill occurs, even more quality property will pop up.
4) People are super friendly. I was surprised when I first moved here how many people will greet you on the street.
5) Lots of car share availability. I use GoGet, but Flexicar and others all have vehicles available in the area.
6) Good transit to the CBD and north/south. The 55 tram will take you straight to downtown via Melville Road and Grantham street, but of course Lygon and Sydney Road all have tram service. Buses also service the area, and the Upfield line is the main train artery.
7) Not great transit west/east. Like many places in Melbourne, going west/east can be a real pain.
8) Lots of young families. Although the demographics are mixed, there are heaps of kids and families about.
9) It’s safe. Apparently back in the day Brunswick was known as a bit rough but that is ancient history. I’ve never once felt threatened walking at night and have never worried about property theft. I couldn’t find stats for Brunswick specifically, but here’s a link to crime stats for Moreland (of which Brunswick is only one suburb) http://www.police.vic.gov.au/content.asp?a=internetBridgingPage&Media_ID=72186
10) It’s close to Royal Park, Melbourne’s largest green space!
Pros
  • Ability to be yourself - wear and be anything!
  • Community feel
  • Public transport
  • decent coffee
  • eating out
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Hipsters
  • Students
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Oct 12, 2015

"Love it, but there might be better northern suburb options."

I've lived here for about 5 months now and I love Brunswick. But there might be better options. I always end up leaving Brunswick when I'm going out for a night on the town and sometimes even leave when I'm going out for dinner. Brunswick east, Fitzroy, Carlton, Northcote all have very good offerings when it comes to eating out and drinking. That said, Brunswick is very central to all these places, so I can't really complain. Although I can complain about the people racing their cars and motorcycles up and down Lygon st.

Overall 4/5. Would consider moving, but probably not.
Pros
  • Ability to be yourself - wear and be anything!
  • Community feel
  • Public transport
  • decent coffee
  • eating out
Cons
  • People racing cars and motorcycles on Lygon st.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Apr 14, 2015

"Very Perfect!"

This place has heaps to see & do. There is lots of Trams as well as nice Clothing Shops & even Cafes. Brunswick is also close by to the City which does come in handy & also has perfect Accommodation.
Pros
  • Ability to be yourself - wear and be anything!
  • Community feel
  • Public transport
Cons
  • Inner city undesirables in pockets
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Every day is different in Brunswick - you'll never be bored"

Lots of real people enjoying life - minimal pretence here. It is the melting pot of Melbourne - lots of cultures living in harmony together. Relatively easy to get around by train, tram, bike or foot (forget about the car as parking can be difficult) the area or into the CBD. An abundance of cafes, restaurants and bars. Plenty of strip shopping too. Numerous parks and recreation areas.
Pros
  • Community feel
  • Public transport
  • eating out
  • decent coffee
  • strip shopping
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Families and urban comfort mixed with student led funk in a stones throw of town"

Brunswick has shifted seismically since we arrived 3 years ago. we live at the lygon street end of brunswick and love wandering out for brunch at monsieur truff, small block Brunswick project or pope Joan. the number of new restaurants springing up has added to an already vibrant strip and the activity and give has gone up a few notches. we have a young family and we find it hard to match the lifestyle this close to town win house and land that is larger than your typical terrace. a number of new apartment developments has accelerated the influx of young professionals and students increasing the viability of small business .
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Gone downhill"

We lived in Brunswick for over 15 years before it was "gentrified". It was a great place, but now its even more busy, noisy and all the new units and developments its just getting busier and noisier. The only thing I miss are the convenience to the city apart from that, not much else.
Pros
  • Ability to be yourself - wear and be anything!
  • Public transport
Cons
  • Inner city undesirables in pockets
  • traffic congestion
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+
Pros
  • Ability to be yourself - wear and be anything!
  • Community feel
Cons
  • Moreland council's work ethic
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Groovy, Accepting, convenient and a place to be yourself"

For all those who want leafy green pockets filled with white people, tennis lessons for home based wives and massive blocks of land, this is not the place for you. In fact is is likely to feel like you have been deposited on a different planet.
For those who enjoy the eclectic, interesting and diverse, in a stones throw from the city with the potential to make a massive amount of money on property investment, you are welcome in Brunswick!
We love it that we can get on our bikes and buy absolutely anything, eat from any culture and live in a thriving metropolis where every part of the world meet. The old Victorian charm means there's always a bargain, and if you do it well, a whole lot of money to be made out of renovation and investment.
The average detached house block of 400m2 may seem small for those with children, but not really considering the sheer amount to do in the immediate surroundings. 3 years and counting and we're still finding things to do.
Pros
  • Community feel
  • Ability to be yourself - wear and be anything!
  • Public transport
Cons
  • traffic congestion
  • Moreland council's work ethic
  • Inner city undesirables in pockets
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5
2yrs+
4/5
2yrs+

"A great location for the young professional"

With shops and great eateries close by this is a wonderful little spot to live for young professionals and couples. There are some unattractive parts off the main roads, and the main roads carry a lot of traffic. But the trade off is you are in a very hip and up and coming area.

There are more than enough places to go out and enjoy some great food, and a lot of great speciality shops.

But it is not geared towards families. This is an inner city location for people that want to be close to the city and don't need a lot of room to move.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles

Best Streets in Brunswick

1

Evans St

4.5/5
"A jewel in the Crown of Brunswick"
-37.7697644874 144.9647682274
2

Tinning St

4.5/5
"Awesome pocket of Brunswick"
-37.7595840905 144.9631699632
3

Dods St

4/5
"Brunswick has no greater location"
-37.7732786198 144.963634416
4

Breese St

4/5
"Up and Coming Urban Groove!!"
-37.763344 144.961431
5

Victoria St

3.5/5
"A bit of Brunswick that is almost great"
-37.7654648834 144.9493866414
6

Bishop St

3/5
"Amazing street with the world at your doorstep"
-37.7612062604 144.9666123785

Unranked Streets in Brunswick

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Grylls St

4.5/5
-37.7646111097 144.9664894351

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3.5/5
"Family street"
-37.7704509215 144.9646043029
"Bluestone Boutique Laneway..."
-37.774477318 144.9711886052