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 Aug 10, 2015
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 Aug 11, 2015
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 Aug 11, 2015
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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aminatopeyemiShabi Sep 20, 2015
Please how many minutes is from point cook to flinder by train.taxi or drive??
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RobG2 Sep 23, 2015
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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TeresitaBarriosT Mar 25, 2016
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 May 12, 2016
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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