Where is a great place to live for young professionals?

My boyfriend and I decided that we needed a change so we are moving from Denver Colorado to Melbourne. I am a teacher and he is going to school at Monash University so we are looking for neighborhoods that are close to Monash and the transit but also have great shops and restaurants that we are able to walk to since we won't have a car. Any suggestions of areas or apartments that would be a good fit for us? Also, how much is utilities a month? Any other information that would be helpful is always welcome. It is a big move so any information is good information. Thanks! :)
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Renée May 23, 2016
Hi MorganD,
What campus will your boyfriend be going to?
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MorganD Jun 04, 2016
He is at the Caulfield Campus.
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Fitzroygirl Jun 10, 2016
Hi Morgan,
If you're not planning on not having a car and your boyfriend is studying at Monash Caulfield I would recommend renting an apartment somewhere along the Pakenham train line in the inner suburbs so you can get around easily.

The best places to be for young professionals in my opinion are:

1. Malvern- A leafy suburb with tree lined streets with a village like atmosphere. Has good parks and great cafes, restaurants and shops along Glenferrie Road. It's a 20 min train ride to the CBD and 7 mins to Caulfield station. Average 2 bedroom apartment rent is $555. http://www.homely.com.au/malvern-stonnington-melbourne-greater-victoria

2. South Yarra- a more cosmopolitan bustling area with great nightlife, cinemas, gyms, good public transport (only 10 mins train ride to the city), great shopping and restaurants on Chapel street. Average 2 bedroom apartment rent is $580. http://www.homely.com.au/south-yarra-melbourne-melbourne-greater-victoria

3. St Kilda- This one isn't on the Pakenham train line but it has trams that run to Caulfield down Balaclava Road which takes about 20 mins and is a 15 min train ride from the city. This bayside suburb has great nightlife, St Kilda Beach, Luna Park, parks, live music, great restaurants and cafes. There's photos and reviews via this link http://www.homely.com.au/st-kilda-port-phillip-melbourne-greater-victoria. Average 2 bedroom apartment rent is $575 per week.

I hope this helps! Good luck with the move :)
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Renee Jun 10, 2016
Hi MorganD,
If you wanted to look at a couple of cheaper options Caulfield South has an average rental price of about $475 for 2 bedrooms and Carnegie is cheaper again with an average of $450.
Both are good for public transport and close to the Caulfield campus as well as being great for shops and restaurants :)
You could also have a look in the suburb reviews to see what other people have said about these areas.
As for utilities, you can compare prices and make sure you get the best deal:
https://electricitywizard.com.au/?mxid=06DFC55DC2634157%2Fcompare%2520utility%2520providers%2520melbourne%2F79681934546%2F0%2F%2Fe%2F18882177746%2Fc%2Fkwd-50860380814%2F1t4%2F9060892%2F%2F&publisher=google&gclid=COuShqSonM0CFdgmvQod8VYP8w
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MorganD Jun 11, 2016
Thank you both for all of your help!
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