For those on a low income, juggling the rising cost of rent along with soaring power bills, medical costs and food can be a constant struggle.
Rents in the high-end suburbs of Melbourne and Perth can be around the $800 a week mark, while some of the posh areas of Sydney have median rents of more than $1,200 per seven nights – more than many hotels!
But there are still many suburbs across the country where rental prices are more affordable. Here are some suburbs where you can still rent a property for less than $350 per week.
Adelaide rents are a little less pricey on the whole than Melbourne and Sydney, and there are plenty of suburbs where you can rent a fantastic property and still have change from $350 a week. In Pennington, 10km to the north of the city, cent, the median rent for houses is $347 per week, and houses in St Agnes, 5km further out, rent for the same price. In Devon Park, a tiny suburb just 4km from the CBD, the median weekly rent for a house is $345 – locals say it’s as lovely as North Adelaide, without the hefty price tag.
You won’t be living in the centre of Melbourne for less than $350 a week, but you could rent a unit in Cranbourne East for a median just $345 – a great spot if you have kids, as there are plenty of school nearby. On the other side of the city, units in Tullamarine, near Melbourne airport, also have a median weekly rent of $345. Looking for something a little more spacious? Out in Woori Yallock, 56km east of the CBD, you could rent a house for the same price.
Sydney rents don’t come cheap, but there are still a few suburbs where you can find a unit for rent under $350 per week. In Cabramatta, 30km south-west of the city, units rent for a median of $340 weekly, and you’ll be part of a vibrant multi-cultural community. Units in neighbouring Canley Vale also has a median weekly rent of $340, as do units in Leumeah, 20km further out, near Campbelltown.
Eden Hill, 13km north of the centre of Perth, has a median rent of $345 per week for houses, making it an affordable spot for families. With some great playgrounds and a skate park in the suburb, the kids will always have plenty to do!
If you’re more of an inner-city slicker, you could be living in a house on the banks of the Swan River in Rivervale, 5km from the CBD for $345 per week, and get to work, uni and the footy with ease. Or if newer homes suit you better, try a unit in Piara Waters, which also rent for a median of $345 a week.
When it comes to bargain housing in fantastic locations, it doesn’t get any better than Hobart! In South Hobart, you can find a unit for just $340, and if you work in the city, you’re commute will be mere minutes! For those who love the beach, a unit in Kingston, 12km from town, will also set you back $340 a week, as will a unit with river views in sunny Bellerive on the eastern shore.
Fourteen kilometres north of the CBD, units in Zillmere have an affordable median rent of $347 per week. There is a public library, state and Catholic schools and a great multicultural festival, Zillfest, to enjoy each year in this diverse suburb. The next suburb past Zillmere is Fitzgibbon, where the median rent for units is just $345 per week. If you’d prefer something a little closer to the shopping and nightlife of the CBD, Gordon Pak is a great inner-city option – units here have a median weekly rent of $345, and it’s only 5 kilometres from the centre of town.