Where to live guide

by newintstudents

Which suburb is the best and which are the worst? Here we have listed the best and the worst suburbs and why.

The best suburbs:

1) St Kilda- very pricey, but at least you get the lovely beaches and bars. Your parents better pay for you to live here. And they might not want to pay much.

2) Carlton- very Italian and housing is affordable there. Not to mention all the affordable eateries and Melbourne Uni. And not mention that Carlton is a short walk away from the RMIT city campus. Free transport. Hell yeah! Oh yeah and did we also mention that there are heaps of student eateries there as well as a piece of Italy.

3) Brunswick- very close to the RMIT Brunswick campus. More free transport ( for the Brunswick students that is). Hell yeah!  And you can easily ride your bike to the city if you have one. Here there heaps of affordable eateries and unique clothing shops. Very good for students. There are trains and trams that service the area and it is in zone 1 about 10-15 mins away from the city

4) Northcote- very near quirky shops and cafes. And there are a few gluten free cafes there.  In between RMIT Bundoora and city campus and there is transport at your doorstep. What more could you ask for!

5) Bundoora- this is really close to the RMIT Bundoora campuses. Although there is not much in terms of food… housing is cheaper, as well as public transport. You only have to pay for zone 2. And if you study in Bundoora you can ride your bike here.  It is really rural here. Its about an hour by tram from the city

6) Prahran- Here there is the Prahran Market which you can go and visit as well as some of the lovely cafes and Dukes Roasters. This suburb is just as classy as SouthYarra and is popular with students. Here they have another uni, known as Swimburne Uni, hence there are always student discounts. There are not many trains but there are a few trams which takes about 20 mins into uni.

7) Hawthorn- There is a student apartment on Glenferrie Road in Glenferrie.

8) Windsor- lovely place to hang. Its ritzy and very classy and you get what you pay for. There’s heaps of bars and nightlife here.

9) South yarra- best coffee places, nightlife, LuxBite, cafes, beautiful shops and trees. Need I say more!!!!

10) Ascot vale- more cafes in an affordable area. And its close to trams, trains and buses. There is public housing in the area.

11) North Melbourne- trams, cheap housing for students, Grigons and Orr, more cheap coffee, safe area… what more can I say! And its very close to the city, about a ten minute tram ride I say!

The worst

1) The city- even though you study in it, it is very pricey to live in and there is no way that you can afford it unless your rich parents pay! And sometimes there is violence at night, especially on a friday or saturday night and you might find it hard to study.

2) Dandenong- always trouble in that area and you cannot get home late night without all the fighting and violence.

3) Springvale- even though there is quality things at a cheap price there is always trouble. Best, lets just say only for a day visit. It is very expensive to travel back and forth from here to the city.

4) Frankston- same as Dandenong

5) Craigieburn- not as bad as Dandenong but it still has its gangs and junkies at night

6) Footscray- always trouble there. Avoid, even though housing is cheap. Although it is good for food, its best not to go alone. There is always Newmarket that you can hang at.

7) The country towns- lovely to see, but the train commute to and from is very expensive. And besides it is a long journey to and from uni each day.

8) Parkville is very expensive and not much out there except for Melbourne Uni. Even that is very expensive!


  Where can I find housing?
    You can find housing on these websites: www.housing.rmit.edu.au , www.domain.com.au, gumtree.com.au. You can also check out the on campus noticeboards and the notice board at the readings bookshop. The university also has their own property, known as the RMIT Village, just ten minutes walk from the city campus. But that place fills up pretty quickly.  It’s better to search for housing before you come to Melbourne, as places may fill up. But don’t pay any money until you have looked at and accepted the property. some online providers have been known to ask you for your money before you see the property and then you never get to see it. this is known as a scam.