Top 20 tenant-friendly suburbs within commuting distance of CBDs

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on January 27, 2022 Fact Checked
Top 20 tenant-friendly suburbs within commuting distance of CBDs

New research identified markets for families looking for affordable rentals within commuting distance to the CBD.

The quarterly RentRabbit.com.au Tenant Opportunity Report revealed Victoria has the most options for affordability and location for families renting, with 15 suburbs on the top 20 list.

Western Australia and Queensland were also represented, with three and two suburbs respectively.

All the suburbs had a median weekly rent of $405 or below, and 19 of the 20 suburbs were located within 50km of the CBD.

RentRabbit co-founder Ben Pretty said life is tough right now for tenants on average incomes.

"Vacancy rates are low in many parts of Australia and landlords are responding by jacking up rental rates," he said.

"I really feel for tenants who are being forced out of their homes and suburbs, especially when they have kids who are forced to change schools.

"The RentRabbit.com.au Tenant Opportunity Report aims to help everyday tenants identify rental markets that are affordable, while also being liveable and commutable.

"That way, they can focus on raising their families and building their lives, without having to worry about whether they can afford to pay their bills."

RentRabbit top 20 rental suburbs

Rank

State

Suburb

Postcode

Distance to Capital City*

Median Weekly Rent

1

VIC

Hoppers Crossing

3029

37km

$350

2

VIC

Wyndham Vale

3024

37km

$355

3

VIC

Derrimut

3030

18km

$380

4

VIC

Pakenham

3810

74km

$380

5

QLD

Bellbird Park

4300

23km

$380

6

VIC

Tarneit

3029

37km

$390

7

VIC

Epping

3076

34km

$390

8

VIC

Mill Park

3082

34km

$390

9

QLD

Logan Reserve

4133

27km

$390

10

VIC

Sunbury

3429

33km

$395

11

VIC

Truganina

3029

37km

$400

12

VIC

Mickleham

3064

19km

$400

13

VIC

Craigieburn

3064

19km

$400

14

VIC

Mernda

3754

34km

$400

15

VIC

Narre Warren

3805

44km

$400

16

WA

Thornlie

6108

18km

$400

17

VIC

Bacchus Marsh

3340

43km

$400

18

WA

Cannington

6107

9km

$400

19

WA

Butler

6036

18km

$400

20

VIC

Reservoir

3073

11km

$405

Source: RentRabbit

The data from the report identified the suburbs based on median weekly rent, ABS Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas, vacancy rates, and distance to the CBD.  

New data from Domain showed rental prices surged 7% higher in capital cities in 2021. 

By comparison, many of the suburbs listed in the RentRabbit report offer cheaper rental prices than the median prices in capital cities. 

Median asking rental price - Houses

Capital City Dec-21 Sep-21 Dec-20 Quarterly change Annual change
Sydney $600 $580 $550 3.4% 9.1%
Melbourne $445 $430 $440 3.5% 1.1%
Brisbane $480 $460 $425 4.3% 12.9%
Adelaide $450 $440 $410 2.3% 9.8%
Perth $460 $450 $415 2.2% 10.8%
Canberra $675 $645 $600 4.7% 12.5%
Darwin $600 $620 $550 -3.2% 9.1%
Hobart $500 $495 $460 1.0% 8.7%
Combined Capitals $499 $483 $465 3.4% 7.4%

Source: Domain


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Aaron joined Savings.com.au in 2021. He is a finance journalist with a keen interest in property, the share market, and improving financial literacy in young Australians.

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