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These Maps Show Just How Expensive It Is To Find A Room In Sydney

Because hipster haunts are bleeding you dry.

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If you're looking to move into a sharehouse this summer, these maps are a nifty way of getting an idea of what it costs to rent a room, with prices mapped along the train lines in some of Australia's major cities.

The maps were released by, and the data is based on the average room price for listings on its website.

According to the map, the most expensive Sydney suburb to rent is in Milson's Point on the north shore at $381 per week for a room. At $171 a week, the cheapest suburb is Mount Druitt in Sydney's west.

According to the company's data, Sydney is 31% more expensive than Melbourne, 42% more expensive than Brisbane, Canberra and Perth and 63% higher than in Adelaide.


"The start of the year is the busiest period in share accommodation," Flatmates CEO Thomas Clement told BuzzFeed News.

That's because January is the time of the year when many people are moving interstate, starting new jobs, or commencing study.

In Sydney, there's still a big demand for share houses in the eastern suburbs like Bondi and the inner west.

"The demand for Sydney to live more centrally is a bigger problem than it is in Melbourne, where there are more transport options." says Clement. "There's a lot more flexibility in Melbourne."

In Melbourne, the beachside suburb of St Kilda is popular with renters during the summer months, with people wanting to be near the coast. The northern suburbs of Melbourne have also been gaining popularity recently.

As for Brisbane? "The heartland of share accommodation is always Fortitude Valley," he says.

Brisbane tends to be cheaper than Sydney, but it has grown really fast, with lots of new apartments popping up in the central areas.

The maps show that a good way to dodge higher rent prices is to look for a place just outside the really ~cool~ suburbs.

For example, at an average price of $297 a week, the hipster mecca of Newtown is one of the most expensive suburbs in Sydney's inner west.

But you could save $40 a week if you just go two stops away in nearby Petersham. That's only four more minutes on the train.

"If you like the idea of living in Newtown, also look in St Peters, Camperdown and Enmore, because when people refer to Newtown they often mean those suburbs as well. The demand can be quite different one suburb across," Clement says.

So if you're willing to sit on the train for a couple more minutes, you could be saving yourself a fair whack of change. That's a lot of money to spend on your morning cronut and cold drip.

Alexandra Lee is a politics reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Sydney, Australia.

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