7.7 out of 10

Surry Hills

Ranked 327th best suburb in Sydney (Greater)
-33.8838390529543 151.212649925214
Great for
  • Public Transport
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Resale or Rental Value
  • Internet Access
  • Eating Out
Not great for
  • Parking
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Who lives here?
  • Singles
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Retirees

Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
2yrs+
Editors Choice

"A village on the citys edge"

Surry Hills has been gentrified but for the most part hasn't lost its uniqueness. It's home to people from all walks of life. I moved back to Surry Hills 3 years ago and have been pleasantly surprised by the level of neighbourliness. There's a real community spirit here. There have been comments posted about seediness and I think they're a bit overstated. I'd rather be a part of a thriving inner city area and the pros (huge range of great cafes, restaurants, fine dining, small bars & pubs, art galleries, dog parks, bike paths, a great primary school, excellent gyms & yoga schools, lively markets, no need for a car etc etc) far outweigh the cons (weekend traffic & parking, weekend queues at the cafes that are attracting the most buzz etc - this can be easily avoided by checking out all the brilliant shops, cafes and galleries that AREN'T on Crown St!)
Pros
  • Community minded & social atmosphere
  • Dog friendly
  • Great bike paths & public transport links
  • Close to everything
  • Good cafe culture
  • Nightlife
Cons
  • Limited street parking
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
ra76
ra76 Hi good-life,can you tell me which primary school /s you are referring to and which parts of Surry Hills are family friendly-thanks.
2yrs+
good_life
good_life sure - we have quite a few friends with kids at Crown Street Primary and they have lots of positive things to say about the teachers there. In terms of friendly-family areas, the areas between south dowling and crown, north of cleveland are great (eg. Prospect, Bennett, Phelps), there are always kids playing in the playground on the corner of crown and foveaux (and when they're a bit bigger it's not far to moore park for sport). I've also noticed more families moving in closer to central as well (around ann, commonwealth, reservoir etc)
2yrs+
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3/5
Mar 28, 2016

"Great place to live but not for the reason you'd think."

Surry Hills is best known for its artsy culture, gay and lesbian community and heavily liberal views. The reality however is that Surry Hills should be known for its proximity to the city and relative proximity to FOX studios, Centennial park and the beaches. Unfortunately it's become one of those hype areas where word of mouth has made it out to be something more than it actually is. In reality it's just a bunch of rundown shops and mason brick buildings that need to be pushed over in favor of medium residentials. The food isn't anything special here, as most of the venues have more bang than actual quality for the buck. There are coffee places which boast organic product but in essence its just esoteric hipster nonsense. The people are artsy and slightly neat, but after a while you'll see their robotic nature and sheep mentality. I feel like Surry Hills tries in so many ways but fails in all of them. We are trying to have something and do something that we're not. We don't really have the artistic culture to support such a vivid idea, we are not France, nor are we Germany or Italy, we are Australia, yet in these places you will find hipsters who adore those lifestyles and ideals to the extreme. its that nonsense and proximity to the city which has caused a massive inflation of housing rent cost in this area. Expect to pay somewhere between $600-800 a week (easy) for a 2 bedroom place and don't even think about buying, it will be well in the 2 million+ mark.

To conclude, I used to work and study near there and I do like the general area, but it's over hyped hard. The only thing of relevance is Central station, Fox Studios, Centennial park (horse riding), Bondi and the multitude of beaches, and lastly the nearby university. The geographical location is what makes this place, not all the other nonsensical hipster art hype that the locals would have you believe makes Surry Hills.

Oh and to all you Melbourne readers, the coffee isn't that great :)
Pros
  • Artsy, but only slightly
  • Close to FOX Studios
  • Close to University
  • Close to everything
  • Good cafe culture
  • Dog friendly
Cons
  • Expensive is an understatement
  • Limited street parking
  • Drug addicts and homelessness
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
4/5
Nov 13, 2015

"Quiet professional suburb."

It's beautiful, busy but at the same time quiet.
Pros
  • Close to everything
  • Good cafe culture
  • Community minded & social atmosphere
  • Dog friendly
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Surry Hills is one of Sydney's Best Suburbs ..... work, live or play!"

Food, wine, & coffee connoisseurs...... you will love Surry Hills.
Located on the foot of Sydney's CBD, yet close to the Eastern Suburbs. An abundance of choice when it comes to casual or fine dining, wine bars, & trendy pubs.
Pros
  • Close to everything
  • Good cafe culture
  • Nightlife
  • Community minded & social atmosphere
  • Dog friendly
Cons
  • Will always be expensive
  • Limited street parking
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Walk to Everything!"

If you want to be close to the things that Sydney offers then Surry Hills ticks all the boxes.
WALK west past Central station to Paddys markets.
WALK north past trendy boutiques to the CBD or the Art Gallery of NSW.
WALK east to Paddington and Centennial Park. You don't need a car if you live in this suburb.
There is a bus on most streets to take you further.
Pros
  • Close to everything
  • Good cafe culture
  • Nightlife
Cons
  • Will always be expensive
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
bigp
bigp I agree with Silver Tulip 100%. And I can add to her list of cons. Apart from the drug addicts, drunks, homelessnes, filthy streets, narrow streets, lack of parking and violence you can add broken glass, graffitti, trans/gender/vestite/sexual capital of Australia, expensive real estate eg a couple of years ago a run down workers cottage sold for $960,000 - the land size is 47 square metres (slightly larger than my loungeroom) and the front door opens directly into the road ( yes the road not even the protection of non-existant footpath) With rentals you can pay up to $850 p/w for a tiny smelly damp run down workers cottage. Surry Hills is also infested with large black rats and cocrkroches due to restaurant gargbage lying around for days waiting to be picked up. If dining - select your usually overpriced venue carefully (paying $39 for an ordinary plate of pasta is criminal). I believe Surry Hills also has the largest number of brothells per capita in the world. Friends live in Surry Hills and on my visits over the last 12 months I have witnessed a young girl sprawled on the footpath overdosing in broad daylight, fights, drunkeness, monster rats, truck reversung and damaging one of my friends cctv cameras and drivung off, my brother in laws car having both doors kicked in for no reasin at all by a drug affected lout, vomiting and urinating in the street and more cockroches than Ive had hot dinners. On the up side proximity to city, and other venues is good as stated in other posts and it has some magnificent 2,3 and sometimes four storey terraces however you will need several million dollars to buy one and at least another half a million to restiore or renovate. It is not a nice place to raise children. I would prefer to live in a cheaper safer suburb that offers much miore within a 30minute druve or train ride to Sydney CBD and still enjoy the few goid things that Surry Hills has on offer.
Jan 01, 2017
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2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Trendy but very dodgy, unsafe suburb"

Surry Hills is a trendy suburb due to its proximity to nightlife and the city. However, with the advantages of its situation also come some very clear disadvantages! Lots of homeless and disadvantaged people, drug addicts and criminals inhabit and frequent the area due to the fact that the area caters to these people with drug and alcohol facilities, homeless shelters, and youth refuges. For example, The William Booth House, Odyssey House, Langton Centre, Albion Street, Oasis Youth Support Network, Campbell House, Foster House, Gorman House etc. - all in Surry Hills!
Compared to some nicer Sydney suburbs, the area is an absolute dump - rubbish on the streets, people peeing or vomiting on footpaths, noise and crime are just a few of the issues. I would rank it in the same class as Darlinghurst or Rushcutters Bay - great if you area a single who loves nightlife but don't mind lack of safety and seediness that is inherent in these places.
Pros
  • Nightlife
  • Close to everything
  • Good cafe culture
Cons
  • Crime
  • Drug addicts and homelessness
  • Generally dirty, seedy area
  • Will always be expensive
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • 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 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Good place to live and work... expensive but is worth every cent."

Surry Hills is a nice tree leafed suburb located within walking distance of Sydney CDB. (a village in a city feel) This suburb is close to everything, parks, recreation, cinemas, pools, and a short journey to the beaches.. Crown street has a lot of restaurants, bars and cafes and good night life. The locals are friendly and this is a very social place.

House and units are expensive but you get what you pay for, there is a lot of refurbishment/development happening in the area... and one things for sure the house prices in this suburb are not going down. Get in while you can.! for investor this is an absolute winner and for buyers its a convenient lovely place to live.
Pros
  • Close to everything
  • Good cafe culture
Cons
  • Will always be expensive
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • 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 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Swanky Surry Hills"

Surry Hills has everything at its doorstep! The CBD, Centennial Park, universities and short drive to so many famous beaches. With central station transport yourself around the city of Sydney is a breeze.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
4/5
2yrs+
4/5
2yrs+
jimmyjim
jimmyjim If only I could afford to live there...
2yrs+
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4/5
2yrs+

"A stylish suburb in Sydney's inner city"

Surrey Hills is a great spot to live. It is very close to the CBD, so it is just a short walk to your office or can otherwise be easily accessed by public transport.

The area has a very unique and stylish feel. With lots of good restaurants and independent fashion stores, it has a lot to offer. Just spend some time hunting around and you will find some great food, although sometimes with the pricetage to match.

Many of the houses are terraced Victorian homes, although there are some trendy converted warehouses and other executive residences as well.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
Forestier
Forestier Says a lot if you can't even spell the name of the suburb.
2yrs+
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4/5
2yrs+

"Hip and trendy suburb"

Surry Hills is located five minutes' away from the hustle and bustle of the city. It is a very convenient location with Central Station servicing this whole area. There are also plenty of public buses that run through the streets of Surry Hills.

There is always something to do in Surry Hills - from dining at one of the restaurants and cafes to shopping at the vintage shops and boutiques. There is also no shortage of pubs and bars when it comes to entertainment.

Surry Hills is a very typical inner city suburb with narrow streets and lanes. There are many terraces that line the streets of Surry Hills and the residents here are mainly young singles and couples who want to live close to the city. Due to the lack of backyards and small living spaces, I will only recommend this suburb for couples and singles.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
cityboy
cityboy Do you feel safe here Ruby?? As a former long-term resident of Surry Hills I was glad to leave for the peace and quiet of nearby KINGSFORD! I got tired of the drunken blow-in yobs from the suburbs and the drug-addled flotsom from no-where in particular, who thought nothing of pissing (or worse) on one's doorstep or footpath usuall during the night!
Brawls and fights in the pubs as the night progresses are commomplace and roving carloads of hoons on weekend nights looking for trouble are also a regular feature! The early morning hours are replete with alpha male mating calls answered by shreiking bimbos on heat!
Was this what you felt was lacking in KINGSFORD, Ms RubyShoes??
2yrs+
CommunityMan
CommunityMan Hi cityboy, we encourage honest constructive discussion here at local voices, but please keep it civil, so everyone can feel comfortable contributing. thanks
2yrs+
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Best Streets in Surry Hills

1

Goulburn St

4.5/5
"Goulburn Street- opposite Harmony Park"
-33.8786057173 151.2107576574
2

Bourke St

4.5/5
"Treelover"
-33.8812285099 151.21663162
3

Cooper St

3.5/5
"Historic Street very close to Central Railway Station and Restaurants in Surry Hills."
-33.885275397 151.2083670911
"So close to everything yet a safe and quiet street"
-33.8785818116 151.2132438462
5

Phelps St

2.5/5
"Phelps Street is OK "
-33.8879084349 151.2172873182

Unranked Streets in Surry Hills

Hill Street

1.5/5
"Fun City Central"
-33.88312 151.21646

Ridge St

3.5/5
"Great street and location."
-33.8913098691 151.215292903
"Great place to live"
-33.8876557179 151.2168501861
"Central to everything"
-33.88429 151.20856

Reservoir St

2.5/5
-33.88124 151.20938