Affordable but safe places to rent in Melbourne that have good transport links to CBD?

My husband and I moved to Melbourne back in June and took up a 12 month lease just off St Kilda Rd. Our lease will be up in June this year and we want to move. Its nice living in the city but we get ripped off with our rent and we need more space as we would like to start a family.

We haven't had much of an opportunity to get to know the various suburbs of Melbourne too well and we are now starting to look around possible areas to move to. We want to spend an absolute maximum of $400 per week (preferably less) but we want to ensure we live in a safe area with excellent public transport links to the city. My husband works in the CBD and I study there, and we can't afford to buy a car at this stage. Above all where we live needs to be safe as I spend a fair bit of time at home alone.

If anyone could recommend suburbs that meet our criteria that we might find decent housing in our price range for I would really appreciate it.

We're feeling a bit overwhelmed and don't know where to start! We'd usually ask our friends but they all live in the cbd general area as well, and none have lived in Melbourne that long! :) We're happy to move out into zone 2 as long as its a good trade off in terms of rental prices.

Thanks in advance! :)
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AdamS 2yrs+
Hi MrsB,

I'm sure a bunch of people around here could help you out. First of all however, I have a few questions for you so I (and others) can better understand your situation.

1. How many bedrooms\bathrooms are you after?
2. Are you a beach person?
3. Do you prefer east or west suburbs?

Thanks in advance!

AJ
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MrsB 2yrs+
Hey AJ :)

We're after a minimum of two bedrooms (three would be best - our room, baby room, study/spare room... but could get by with two). Yes, definitely a beach person but happy to live away from the beach too.

As for east or west suburbs - I don't know the difference! Neither of us know Melbourne at all really...
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melbournefan 2yrs+
I think around the $400 per week mark you will struggle to find something around the beach with 3 bedrooms. Elwood down to Brighton all would be around $450-$500 for an older house.

Better value properties would be in Bentleigh, Chadstone and Oakleigh. In the Eastern suburbs Doncaster, Box Hill are always popular and you should be ok in that price range.

In the North look at Coburb, Preston and Pascoe Vale.
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MelbGal 2yrs+
if you dont mind the west then Point Cook is a good option (22km from city). Safe, affordable, lots of professionals and families. 5min drive to Laverton station to the CBD (zone 1).
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JessSanz 2yrs+
Tullamarine/ gladstone park. Close to transport and schools. 280 to 390 a week for a 3bd. 16km on tullamarine fwy to cbd.
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AdamS 2yrs+
Hi MrsB,

How has the search gone so far? Sorry for the late response, but I posted this the other day while trying to help another individual in a similar situation. There are always a few suburbs that I recommend, but this is just my preference

http://www.streetadvisor.com.au/victoria/questions/suggestions-for-finding-a-house-to-rent-in-melbourne

Hope it helps! AJ
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DarrylB1 2yrs+
My partner and I would like a small I bedroom unit in around the city. We are Queenslanders looking to move to Melbourne :-)
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KarenS1 2yrs+
Mrs B, Get on a tram, go North to Brunswick, Coburg and Northcote, Go East to Hawthorn, Camberwell, Go West to Newport, Williamstown, Altona by the beach. Go south. It not rocket science. Rent higher closer to city. HAVE A LOOK! The city is only one construct.
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BinxiaLIU 2yrs+
Hi Mrs B,
I am currently renting at Williams Landing. It is a brand new house with 4 bedroom and 2bathroom. The Williams Landing train station and woolworths are in walking distance. The train takes about 32 minutes in an express service at peak hours. Very friendly and quiet suburb. We enjoyed it. You can have a look as well.
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Please how many minutes is from point cook to flinder by train.taxi or drive??
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RobG2 2yrs+
Oak park is a great location safe and secure 5min to 10min drive into city in not peak hour times. Has trains, buses and close to airport. You will find a 2 bedroom house/unit for $400 or less.
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my sister n i planning to move in Melbourne but dont know to rent or buy a place that is cloce to CBD n school for my niece she is in high school, she wanted to study in Melbourne university
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SharaLeeP 2yrs+
Just arrived in melbourne and have a 5 yr old son...hoping to rent around the $280 mark and am wanting 2 bdrms close to public transport and as close to city as possible, any ideas would be most appreciated as I don't know the areas well which are safe and affordable.
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Monique Holgye Dec 07, 2016
Hi there,

I believe that Ringwood and Mitcham are affordable places to rent in and are only a 45 minutes train ride in peak hours to travel into the city so this makes these locations very accessible. I believe that you can rent a house or unit in Mitcham or Ringwood for between $360 - $420 per week.

Monique Holgye - Property manager - Ray White Ringwood
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Louise Gavin Jan 06, 2017
Hi All!

I'm making the move to Melbs in a little over a month. I've been lucky enough to have a friend offer her place as a launching pad to get a job and my own digs. I'm not worried about having to travel distances to get from A to B so I'm not really fussed where I live (as long as it's relatively safe) What i am after is the elusive, hopefully affordable, single bedroom/bedsit. I realize how slim my chances are but I'm almost 40 and it's not really ideal for me to be sharehousing. Does anyone have any suggestions as to where i could look for these places? Obscure websites or FB pages i could join? Really appreciate all the help i can get. (As a side note, I have no children or pets and I'm very artistically inclined, if that makes a difference.)

Cheers,

Lou
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Hannah Steinberger Jan 12, 2017
like Louise Gavin I am after a safe and affordable place to rent, but I need it to be as close to public transport as possible. Have no pets and artistically inclined too. No children either (they are out of the nest), but they, as well as my grandchildren http://www.streetadvisor.com.au/victoria/questions/suggestions-for-finding-a-house-to-rent-in-melbournemay benefit from an extra room for playing or sleeping over occasionally. Shared accommodation is out of the question as I am sixty:)
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Rory Cook Jan 16, 2017
It you want to be North of the city, I think Thornbury offers good value compared with surrounding suburbs like Brunswick and Fitzroy. Still close to the city with great cafes, bars and parks.

If you want to be East side but still close to the city take a look at Glen Iris, as it has lots of cheaper apartments in great proximity to public transport and still close to cafes etc

Good luck wth your search! .
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RPM1984 Jan 16, 2017
I'd recommend the south east pocket of suburbs like Oakleigh, Carnegie and Murrumbeena. You can get a decent 2-3 bedroom house/unit in the $400-600pw range. The area is great for families, and has good train connections to the CBD (Pakenham/Cranbourne lines, runs express from Caulfield to South Yarra on weekdays).

You'll get a much larger place for your money compared to inner city suburbs, at the cost of proximity to beaches and the CBD itself. If the latter isn't an issue to you and beach is more important, you could look further south into areas like Edithvale, Chelsea and Aspendale.

Good luck!
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mrated Jan 16, 2017
I rent a modern 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 2 car garage townhouse in Greensborough only 10 minutes walk or 3 minute drive from the station. One of the benefits of Greensy station is all trains stop there and some even start/terminate there. The train ride is just over 30 minutes and it goes directly to Flinders St (although I get off at Jolimont and walk through the parks to the top end of the city). My rent is increasing to $1733 per calendar month in March which comes to $399.92 per calendar week, just below $400 :D If you're interested in the area then I highly recommend contacting Michelle Allen at Precise Property Management, I've never dealt with such a good property manager!
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Michelle99 Jan 16, 2017
You could have a look in the Glen Huntly area, theres some reasonably priced apartments popping up and its only a half hour train ride to the city.
Cheltenham is good too! You get a bit more for your money with 2 bedroom houses around the same price as an apartment in Glen Guntly. There's an express train from cheltenham station so the trip to the cbd wouldn't be longer!
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Fitzroygirl Jan 16, 2017
If you want to live by the beach and have good access to public transport I'd recommend looking for a house in Cheltenham, Mentone, Parkdale or Mordialloc. These are all safe bayside family friendly areas with great schools, shopping centres (Southland's the big one) and they all have their own train station ranging 30-45mins from the city.
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lizzyl Jan 16, 2017
Gotta love the leafy eastern suburbs. Nunawading, Mitcham and Ringwood are all on the Belgrave/Lilydale train line and there are some good rental finds close to the stations (mostly 1 or 2 bedroom units). Weekdays during peak time there are express trains which will get you into the city in 30-45mins. Very safe areas and great for families. For more size and cheaper rent you can go out to Croydon but travel time of course will increase. Mitcham has a lovely pocket of cafes and Coles is right next to the station - handy to pick up groceries after work! Ringwood has Eastland with its new addition of great restaurants like Huxtaburger and Jimmy Grants. If you do have a car, from here you're in a really good position to head down the peninsula for a quick little weekend getaway!
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Hannah Steinberger Mar 06, 2017
thank you all!!! a very belated thanks - haven't got around logging onto here - but a huge one. I don't have a car and I am not driving - which eliminates quite a few options... anyway, there's ample information still. thanks again.
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AdamS Mar 06, 2017
Hannah you are more than welcome :)
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jeno Mar 12, 2017
I just came across this thread, and I was hoping to get some advise, please. I will be moving to Melbourne, from Europe, and working in the heart of downtown. I am moving with my 2 children (8 & 9), we have never been to Melbourne. I am looking for a nice surburb, affordable, 250-300 pw. Somewhere safe, with nice schools for the children, and where I can easily commute to work. Any advise is truly appreciated.
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Fitzroygirl Mar 13, 2017
Hi Jeno,
Do you plan on having a car/ how long are you willing to commute into the city?

A few family-friendly areas with good schools I'd recommend looking for rentals in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne include:
- Malvern
- Camberwell
- Glen Iris
- Chadstone
- Oakleigh
- Caulfield

All are approximately a 30 min train ride from the city.

Best of luck!
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jeno Mar 14, 2017
Hi Fitzroygirl,
Thank you so much for the feedback! I will get a car after a month or so, as soon as we get settled.
So walking to schools and train to CBD is very important. The first few weeks will be probably spent figuring out how to get to school, work,shops etc...
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jeno Mar 14, 2017
I was looking at Gardenvale, as the rental is quite cheap, has schools and train to CBD. Any thoughts?
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Fitzroygirl Mar 14, 2017
Hi Jeno,

No worries.

Yes Gardenvale is a nice family-friendly area, there are a number of great parks, private and state schools around Elsternwick, Brighton and Gardenvale. Plus you'll be a short drive to Elwood & Brighton beach, Brighton Village shops and Luna Park theme park in St Kilda. The kids will love it!

Hope that helps.
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jeno Mar 14, 2017
Hi Fitzroygirl,
Thank you so much!!! That helps lots! I'll concentrate my search around that area (south east of CBD). If you ever need advise on Dublin, Ireland or Europe, I'm you're girl! ;) have a fantastic day!
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Fitzroygirl Mar 14, 2017
You're most welcome Jeno. All the best for your move to Aus.
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irfana1 Mar 21, 2017
We are moving to Melbourne on April 1st week from darwin . My working location is in convention center, south wharf.I have 1 year old baby. We are planning to admit her in childcare as well. Can anybody suggest safe suburb for kids and nearby to my location.
Thanks a ton in advance.
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Fitzroygirl Mar 21, 2017
Hi Irfana1, I'd be happy to help.

It depends on what your budget is (are you looking to rent or buy?) and what you're looking for within a suburb. Will you have a car? Do you want a house or apartment? How long are you willing to commute to work? Do you want to be close to the beach/ cafes/ parks/ shops etc.?

If you could answer a few of these questions that would be a great way to narrow it down. Thanks!
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irfana1 Mar 21, 2017
Hi Fitzroy,
Thanks for the prompt response
Right now, i am looking for rented house or apartment in 300-400$ per week. I will be owning a car in 2-3months.intially i will travel in metro.the commute hours should not exceed 1 hour. As I have kid , it would be great if we are near to parks and shops.
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Fitzroygirl Mar 22, 2017
Hi Irfana,

I'd recommend checking out rental properties to the north of the city in Brunswick you can get 2 bedroom units with car spaces/garages for under $350 a week. It has great access to trams and trains & is only 20 mins from the CBD. There are lots of parks, cafes and good shopping strips.

If you go slightly further north to Coburg you could probably get a little house with a backyard for under $400 a week.

If you'd like to be close to the beach and parks check out Mentone, Parkdale and Mordialloc. They are all family-friendly areas with a village feel about 30 to 40 mins commute from the city. You can get decent 2 bedroom units with single car garages for under $390.

Hope that's helpful!
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irfana1 Mar 22, 2017
That's awesome information Fitzroy. Thank you so much for letting me know about this sub urbs. Will start searching rite away.. :)
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itoroe Mar 25, 2017
I will be moving to Melbourne in August with my wife and three children ages 5&6 as my wife is coming to study.I am looking for a one bedroom apartment for 150-200 dollars. Any chance as I don't mind the suburb's.
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MelbGal Mar 26, 2017
There's been a lot of great information here and I would agree with many of the posts. There are some areas that I personally wouldn't live but I have many friends that do.

It's also worth nothing that I read that the two safest train lines are Glen Waverley and the Sandringham line. If you live along these lines I think you can't go wrong.. I've personally lived on both these lines and have experienced no issues..

For those planning to enrol in childcare please note that there are usually waitlists so once you know where you plan to live, then call and get your name listed on as many as possible right away. 1-2yr wait is not uncommon. If a new centre is opening up then you will be lucky and can easily get in - or just keep following up and begging! Some centres will be pricier than others.
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MelbGal Mar 26, 2017
jeno - gardenvale is lovely and you will find there are many professional expats that live bayside - Brighton, Brighton east, Hampton, Gardenvale and neighbouring areas. It must be the beach vibe! These are wealthy areas and I hear the primary school in Gardenvale is well regarded and zoned so make sure you live in the boundary if you plan to send your kids there.
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Fitzroygirl Mar 26, 2017
Hi itoroe,

I'd be happy to make some suggestions. Whereabouts will your wife be studying? What kind of amenities do you want to live close to (public transport, beach, parks, childcare etc.)?
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adamh13 Apr 05, 2017
can someone suggest some best suburbs for family?
affordable rentals close to transport and public schools in Melbourne.
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Anshul Gupta May 20, 2017
Plz suggest a good suburb for a student at a reasonable distance from CBD and with employment opportunities as well.
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ayusht May 22, 2017
Hi ,
Me and my wife are Planning to move to Victoria and finding an accommodation area which is easy and safe to commute till Flinders (as she will studying there). A one bedroom furnished accommodation is what we are looking for. Can you please suggest any area options under $300.
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emilyt5 Mar 05, 2018
ben'n'em

Hi, we are a young couple that are trying to find a house to rent in the western suburbs, we are both working, have the money to pay 4 weeks rent in advance and 4 weeks bond. we can manage around $350.00 p/w rent and we also have pets. we are very clean and respectful. it seems no one is willing to give us a go. will you?
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RobG2 Mar 06, 2018
If you are looking for a safe street and suburb and in a good school zone have a look at this property. https://www.realestate.com.au/property-house-vic-oak+park-423300550
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prowinp Apr 26, 2018
Hi guys, I moved to Melbourne recently and staying at friends place for now. I got job in Preston and planning to look for 1 bedroom within 250$- 300$ / week. Can anyone suggest a safe locality for access. I am going to buy a car but still looking for a house within 10 KMs radius.
Plz share your thoughts guys. Cheers..
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Fitzroygirl Apr 26, 2018
Hi prowinp, If you're working in Preston I'd recommend looking for rentals in Thornbury, Coburg and Reservoir.

Coburg is a nice up and coming family friendly area. As a neighbouring suburb, you'll only be 10 mins drive or so from work. It also has trams and train access, good cafes, shopping and parks.

Reservoir has lots of nice new units and apartments & being a bit further out from the city you'll get a bit more space for your $ than Coburg or Preston. It's also got great public transport only 30mins from the CBD. https://www.homely.com.au/rent/reservoir-darebin-melbourne-greater-victoria?pricemaximum=340&sort=2

I'd recommend Thornbury if you're looking for a more bustling area that's a little closer to the city with nightlife, trendy restaurants, pubs, live music and great bike trails.

I hope that helps!
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prowinp Apr 26, 2018
Wow..Thanks Fitzroygirl.. it’s a pretty quick reply and for ur detailed answer. Definitely this can help me searching. I’ll check these areas n post my update. Cheers.....👍
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Sarah Fusinato Apr 27, 2018
Hello, I just got a job in Richmond, right next to the Victoria Gardens shopping centre, and I'm moving into the city from a rural town. I'm just on my own, so looking for a 1 bedroom, and ideally around $300 p/w with an absolute max of $350. All of my friends live in the Carlton/Brunswick/Parkville/North Melbourne area so I'd like a place somewhere in between there and work. I don't have a car, like to walk most places, and don't want to spend more than an hour getting to work on public transport. Does any body have any suggestions?
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laurenh2 Apr 27, 2018
Hi Sarah, welcome to Melbourne!

I'd recommend looking in Collingwood and Fitzroy if you want to be able to walk everywhere. These are trendy bustling suburbs with great shopping, cafes, bars, gyms, live music, pubs and restaurants all dotted around Smith Street and Brunswick Street and the side streets off them. It's also close to the pretty Carlton Gardens and the CBD. Looks like there are a few 1 bedroom apartments available for around $300pw. You'll find it very easy to navigate to work by taking the 109 or 12 tram from Victoria Parade which will take you all the way down Victoria St to Vic Gardens (about 25mins).

I feel like Brunswick East or Brunswick would also be a good option for you, if you're wanting to be close to your friends in Nth Melbourne. You can catch the 96 tram down Nicholson St and change at Victoria Parade to the 109 or 12 to go to Vic Gardens. This would take you about 30-45 minutes at peak hour.

Good luck!
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sues23 Apr 28, 2018
Am looking to move to Melbourne in near future with my 2 teenage daughters and our dog. Would like a nice safe suburb with at least 3 bedrooms/2 bathrooms and garage with decent backyard. Any suggestions on east/north east side for under $400? Don’t know anything about best Melbourne suburbs, close to train/shops and commutable to CBD.
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Sue
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Fitzroygirl Apr 30, 2018
Hi Sues23,

I'm afraid you'll find you have to go pretty far out (about 45min-1 hour) in the NE/East to get a 3 bedroom/2 bath home for $400 a week with a big yard. Safe family-friendly suburbs I'd recommend looking into include: Berwick & Narre Warren (in the south-east), Ringwood (in the east), Greensborough (in the north) & Mernda (in the north- lots of newer builds for rent).

If you could sacrifice a bathroom & have smaller backyard space to live a bit closer to the CBD (approx 30 mins) I'd also check out: Mount Waverley, Glen Waverley, Doncaster, Oakleigh East, Oakleigh, Huntingdale & Clayton.

I also wonder if you'd ever considered living beachside? Seaford, Mount Eliza and Mordialloc are great suburbs too!

All the best with the move!
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sues23 May 01, 2018
Thanks Fitzroygirl, will check these out
Sue
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Stacey Nicholas May 03, 2018
Hi, we are considering moving over with a young family. Looking for 4x2 ideally in a modern house. Need to be close to good primary schools. Ideally don’t want to be more than about 30mins from the city. I’ve heard to stay clear of the west as traffic in and out is bad is that the case? Ideally don’t want to spend more than $600 a week
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rishis Jul 11, 2018
Hello everyone!

Am an experienced professional and have recently moved to down under permanently. Currently staying at a friend 's place in Melbourne who have kindly offered to host me at their place. As I search for my next professional venture, I am looking to move out and seeking a 1 bedroom within the $300 pw limit preferably furnished.

Currently, I do not have a car and plan to use the trains to get to the CBD, ideally within 40-50 minutes. I like to walk most places and looking for neighbourhoods with shopping and other amenities nearby. Looking for safe and affordable suburbs which are easily accessible via the train/bus network. Am not too particular about being near the beach so suburbs deeper inland would work well as well.

Safety of the suburb and proximity to public transport, specially trains are important factors for me.

I have been reading and really appreciate the responses from helpful Melburnians here! Please let me know your suggestions!

Thanks!!

Rishi
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Fitzroygirl Jul 11, 2018
Hi Rishi, welcome to Melbourne!

I'd recommend adding the following suburbs to your search:
Inland north of CBD- Preston, Coburg and Brunswick West

To the east 7 south-east- Carnegie, Malvern East, Glen Huntly, Ormond and Bentleigh

All these suburbs are safe, currently have 1 bedroom rentals available for $300pw, have great public transport & amenities (shops, parks, cafes) and are within 15 to 30mins commute from the city.

All the best with your search.
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rishis Jul 11, 2018
Hi Fitzroygirl,

Many thanks for your helpful and prompt response! I will definitely consider these suburbs as I begin my search.

Are there any specific details that you recommend looking out for while house hunting? Any "common questions" that a local Melburnian would ask before signing the dotted line that I may be unaware of?

I know rooms being "NBN ready" is a thing these days.

-Are utilities usually inclusive of the rent?

- What appliances are usually included in a furnished unit?

Thanks a ton for your suggestions and wishes!!
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Fitzroygirl Jul 11, 2018
Hi Rishi, no problem at all.

Utilities are not included in rent, so you will have to factor gas, electricity and internet into your monthly budget on top of rent.

It's pretty rare that an apartment/ unit will be fully furnished and equipped with all appliances. The only appliance that's a given is a stove and oven. If you're lucky you'll get a dishwasher, fridge, heater/air conditioner and possibly access to a communal laundry. But you may have to prepare to buy your own furniture, fridge, microwave, washer and dryer.

Some questions to ask before signing a lease:
- How much is the bond? When rent is under $350 per week you should not be required to pay more than one month's rent as a bond.
- Are pets/ smoking allowed in this building? Can I BBQ on the balcony?
- How long is the lease for? Is there an option to extend it to lock in the rent?
- Who is responsible for gardening and maintenance?
- Can you make changes to the property? ie. paint walls or hang pictures.
- Can they arrange to fix any problems you notice with the property before moving in?

Here's an article that may come in handy to ensure you get your full bond back at the end of the lease https://about.homely.com.au/blog/2018/1/23/a-renters-guide-to-safeguarding-their-bond

Hope that helps.
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rishis Jul 11, 2018
Thank you for your helpful suggestions and useful insights Fitzroygirl! Really appreciate your help !
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Onder Ozmetin Jul 11, 2018
Hello everyone, for affordable housing and proximity to public transportation perhaps you should consider Coburg North, Fawkner and Hadfield. These suburbs are well serviced by the Upfield train line and have easy access to the city via Sydney Road. If you can spend a little more then Coburg, Brunswick, Brunswick East and Brunswick West are worth considering. Closer to the city, abundantly serviced by cafes at almost every corner and even greater public transport options; trams along Sydney Road, Nicholson Street, Lygon Street and Melville Road.
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rishis Jul 14, 2018
Hey there folks!

Still have some follow up questions about the suburbs (preferably Northern and Western suburbs).

Thanks for your recommendations Fitzroygirl. I have been exploring Maribyrnong, Poscoe Vale, Brunswick and Maidstone besides the ones suggested.

Any thoughts on those anyone? Again, safety and connectivity to public transport are key factors for me.

Thank you!
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chromatical Jul 15, 2018
Hi Rishis,
I've lived in the West and North so hope I can help.
I lived in Maidstone and wasn't a great fan. I found transport was limited (I only had a bus close by and that stopped at 9pm), and as a single woman didn't feel very safe. (It could've been where I was though, it was a little rough, but this was about 4 years ago and a lot can change to suburbs so close to the city pretty quickly - Perhaps someone else can give you further insight to what it's like now.)
From Maidstone I moved Northside and I LOVE IT. I've lived in Thornbury and Preston (not too far from Brunswick but am often in Brunswick as it's a great area.) The locations I've lived in in the North were really close to public transport, I've felt very safe day or night here, it feels like a community that I'm apart of, people are happy to say hello, there's heaps of dogs and families (and coffee) and because of this, I chose to buy an apartment here after renting here for 3 years.
Best of luck on the search! If you have any other questions feel free to ask.
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dekid Nov 07, 2018
Hello, I wanted to rent a one bed room apartment inclusive of all the bills and unlimited internet 4-5 Kms away from Melbourne uni. Can you please suggest me some places or links. Thanks
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