What are the cheapest suburbs to rent in Melbourne?

Do you want to live in the capital city well-known for its laneways, street art and good coffee? Renting a house or unit could be one option, and it doesn’t have to be an expensive one.

Australia’s second-largest city, Melbourne, is known as one of the most liveable cities in the world, with its appealing dining options and wineries in the Yarra Valley, unique character, budget-friendly food markets, multiple parks, bike trails and hipster-haven culture attractive to many would-be residents. Of course, it is also renowned for traffic congestion and unpredictable weather that could see residents experience four seasons in a day.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, there could be quite a price to pay to live in one of Australia’s most desirable capital cities. In fact, you could be spending as much as $1,100 per week to rent a house – that’s the median rent price in Melbourne’s most expensive suburb of Toorak, according to property research house CoreLogic. Renting a unit could set you back more than $600 per week in Brighton East.

If that’s a little out of your price range, fear not, for there are parts of Melbourne with median rents of less than $400 per week.



Below we reveal some of the most affordable suburbs to rent a house or unit in the Melbourne area right now, according to CoreLogic’s data on rent prices in the Melbourne and Greater Melbourne regions:

What are the cheapest suburbs in Melbourne to rent a house?

The most affordable suburb to rent a house in the Melbourne area is Melton, located about 44 kilometres (km) west of the city centre.

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The top 10 suburbs with the cheapest weekly median rent prices for houses are listed below by price (lowest to highest of the cheapest rents) and then by alphabetical order, as calculated by CoreLogic.

1. Melton – $320 per week

Melton is a suburb in Melbourne, about a 44km drive away from the city, bordering the Western Freeway. It’s home to the Melton Botanic Garden and plenty of parks for dog-lovers. Online reviews from people who have lived or visited Melton are mixed.

The median house value in Melton is currently around $375,000, according to CoreLogic. Realestate.com.au’s suburb profile says Melton is mostly made up of older couples – those aged 55 to 64 – and families (25.2%) and established couples of 45 to 54 years old and their families (11.6%). Young families under 35 are the least likely to live there (2.5%).

To get a visual idea of the area, see the Google Map for Melton.

2. Melton South – $320 per week

The adjoining suburb of Melton South, is also about 44km from the city. It borders the Melton Reservoir and the Werribee River.

According to Domain, Melton South has a population of around 11,500 people with an average age of 20 to 39, made up of predominantly owners rather than renters and single people as opposed to families. The median house value is currently around $396,300, according to CoreLogic.

To get a visual idea of Melton South, see the Google Map.


3. Millgrove – $325 per week

Millgrove is a suburb in the Yarra Ranges region, about 79km east of the middle of the city. Surrounded by mountains and sitting on the famous Yarra River, the area is great for view-seekers and lovers of the great outdoors.

The median house value in Millgrove is currently around $408,700, according to CoreLogic. Realestate.com.au’s suburb profile says Millgrove is mostly made up of established couples and families where parents are aged 45-54 (20.4%), followed by older couples and families (19.7%), while independent youth (couples, singles and homesharers under 35) make up 10.7% of the population.

To get a visual idea of the area, see the Google Map for Millgrove.

4. Doveton – $330 per week

Doveton is south-east of Melbourne in the Casey region, about 40km by car from the city and not far from Dandenong Hospital. It is home to the Myuna Farm where families can experience farm animals and other wildlife.

According to Domain, Doveton has a population of 9,380 people with an average age of 20 to 39, made up of predominantly owners (compared to renters) and more single people than families. The median house value is currently around $451,600, according to CoreLogic.

To get a visual idea of Doveton, see the Google Map.

5. Frankston North – $330 per week

South-east of Melbourne is the suburb Frankston North, which has plenty of access to nature and the outdoors with the Pines Flora and Fauna Reserve. The Mornington Peninsula Freeway runs through this suburb.

The median house value in Frankston North is currently around $433,400, according to CoreLogic. Realestate.com.au’s suburb profile says the suburb is mostly made up of established couples and families (19.2%), followed by elderly singles who are 65 and over (12.9%), and older independents aged 55-64 (12.6%).

To get a visual idea of the area, see the Google Map for Frankston North.

6. Kurunjang – $330 per week

Kurunjang is located north-west of Melbourne in the Melton Council region, a little more than 40km from the city. Online reviews from people who have lived in or visited Kurunjang are mostly positive, with people saying its a good spot for families with kids, professionals and more.

According to Domain, Kurunjang has a population of 10,061 people, of whom are mostly owners (76%) compared to renters (24%) and single people rather than families. The median house value is currently about $423,500, according to CoreLogic.

To get a visual idea of Kurunjang, see the Google Map.

7. Ardeer – $340 per week

Ardeer is a suburb in the Brimbank council area, located less than 20km north-west of Melbourne city. Walking tracks around Kororoit Creek and More Park give the suburb a nice touch of nature for those who like to exercise outdoors.

The median house value in Ardeer is currently around $608,300, according to CoreLogic. Realestate.com.au’s suburb profile says Ardeer is mostly made up of independent youth (17.6%), older couples and families (16.7%) and 15% of maturing and established independents (families, couples, extended families and single parents aged 35-44).

To get a visual idea of the area, see the Google Map for Ardeer.

8. Laverton – $340 per week

Laverton is located south-west of Melbourne’s city centre, bordering the Princess Freeway. It is about a 30-minute drive into town. Online reviews from people who have lived in or visited Laverton are mostly positive, with people saying the area is good for childcare, schools and rental value.

According to Domain, Laverton has a population of only just over 4,900 people, made up of slightly more owners than renters and mostly single people (compared to families). The median house value is currently nearly $574,800, according to CoreLogic.

To get a visual idea of Laverton, see the Google Map.

9. Melton West – $340 per week

Melton West is located along the Western Freeway, around 50km from the city. The suburb is home to several schools and has its own shopping precinct in the Woodgrove Shopping Centre.

The median house value in Melton West is currently around $435,000, according to CoreLogic. Realestate.com.au’s suburb profile says Melton West is mostly made up of older couples and families (24.6%), maturing couples and families where the parents are aged 45-54 (18.7%) and established couples and families (17.7%).

To get a visual idea of the area, see the Google Map for Melton West.

10. Albanvale – $350 per week

Albanvale is just under a 30km drive west or a short commute to the city via train. Brimbank Shopping Centre is conveniently close by.

According to Domain, Albanvale has a population of about 5,500 people, made up of more than three times as many owners as renters and slightly more singles compared to couples. The median house value is currently close to $494,000, according to CoreLogic.

To get a visual idea of Albanvale, see the Google Map.

What are the cheapest suburbs in Melbourne to rent a unit?

If living in a unit rather than a house is more to your liking, the cheapest Melbourne suburb to rent one in may surprise you by how close it is to the city. Albion, in the Brimbank region, is only around 12km from the hustle and bustle of Melbourne’s CBD.

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The top 10 suburbs in Greater Melbourne with the cheapest weekly median rent prices for units are listed below by price (lowest to highest of the cheapest rents) and then by alphabetical order, as calculated by CoreLogic.

1. Albion – $270 per week

Albion is a western suburb in the Brimbank region, about a 30-minute drive into the city. The Sunshine Plaza Shopping Centre is close by if you don’t want to commute all the way into the city.

The median unit value in Albion is currently around $342,600, according to CoreLogic. Realestate.com.au’s suburb profile says Albion is mostly made up of independent youth (30.2%), maturing and established independents (17%) and older couples and families (11.6%).

To get a visual idea of the area, see the Google Map for Albion.

2. Melton South – $290 per week

Melton South comes in again as an affordable place to rent a unit, having taken out a spot in CoreLogic’s top 10 cheapest suburbs in Melbourne to rent a house as well. As we mentioned previously, it’s about 44km from the city.

The median unit value in Melton South is currently around $312,550, according to CoreLogic. Realestate.com.au’s suburb profile says Melton South is mostly made up of older couples and families (26.6%), established couples and families (14.5%) and maturing couples and families (12.1%).

To get a visual idea of the area, see the Google Map for Melton South.

3. Dandenong – $320 per week

Dandenong is located about 38km south-east of Melbourne. The suburb sits on a railway line into the city and has its own hospital. It is also a convenient suburb for shopping, as it features the Dandenong Plaza and a market dating back to 1866, which Domain describes as “iconic”.

According to Domain, Dandenong has a population of about 29,900 people, made up of more renters than owners and mostly families (compared to single people). The median unit value is currently around $343,300, according to CoreLogic.

To get a visual idea of Dandenong, see the Google Map.

4. Hoppers Crossing – $320 per week

Hoppers Crossing is a suburb about 30km south-west of the city, home to the Werribee Plaza and a number of family-sized homes on large blocks.

The median unit value in Hoppers Crossing is currently around $390,000, according to CoreLogic. Realestate.com.au’s suburb profile says Hoppers Crossing is mostly made up of established couples and families (23.1%), older couples and families (22.9%) and maturing couples and families (11.3%).

To get a visual idea of the area, see the Google Map for Hoppers Crossing.

5. Kingsville – $320 per week

Kingsville, an inner-western suburb in the local government area of Maribyrnong, is only about 5km away from the city. Online reviews from people who have lived in or visited Kingsville are mostly positive, with some saying it is a quiet and peaceful suburb for professionals, families with kids, singles and retirees.

According to Domain, Kingsville has a population of around 4,000 people, made up of predominantly owners compared to renters and mostly single people (compared to families). The median unit value is currently around $403,400, according to CoreLogic.

To get a visual idea of Kingsville, see the Google Map.

6. Werribee – $320 per week

Werribee is in the Wyndham council region, located about 30 minutes’ drive or a quick train trip south-west of the city. The Werribee Open Range Zoo and Werribee Park Golf Club are close by in the neighbouring suburb of Werribee South.

The median unit value in Werribee is currently around $381,900, according to CoreLogic. Realestate.com.au’s suburb profile says Werribee is mostly made up of established couples and families (20.8%), older couples and families (18.6%) and maturing and established independents (11.1%), while elderly families are the least likely to live there (2.5%).

To get a visual idea of the area, see the Google Map for Werribee.

7. Cranbourne – $325 per week

Cranbourne is a suburb in the Casey region, around 55km south-east of the city. It is home to one of two Royal Botanic Gardens in Victoria, with the other being in the centre of Melbourne.

According to Domain, Cranbourne has a sizeable population of around 20,000 people, made up of more than double the amount of owners compared to renters and mostly single people (compared to families). The median unit value is currently around $349,800, according to CoreLogic.

To get a visual idea of Cranbourne, see the Google Map.

8. Frankston – $325 per week

Frankston is a waterfront, coastal suburb about 50km south-east of the city that borders Port Phillip Bay. It is known as a major shopping precinct and also has its own medical facilities in the Frankston Hospital.

The median unit value in Frankston is currently around $383,400, according to CoreLogic. Realestate.com.au’s suburb profile says Frankston is mostly made up of older couples and families (16%), established couples and families (13.9%) and maturing and established independents (13.2%).

To get a visual idea of the area, see the Google Map for Frankston.

9. Dandenong North – $328 per week

Dandenong North is just over 35km south-east from Melbourne’s city centre. It is home to the Dandenong Stadium and the Dandenong Creek Trail in Tirhatuan Park.

According to Domain, Dandenong North has a large population close to 22,500 people, made up of more than two times the amount of owners compared to renters and mostly families (compared to singles). The median unit value is currently around $435,300 according to CoreLogic.

To get a visual idea of Dandenong North, see the Google Map.

10. Hastings – $330 per week

Hastings is a suburb within the popular holiday area of the Mornington Peninsula, around 77km from the city. It’s right on the water of the Western Port Bay, housing heavy industries including an oil refinery and manufacturing operation, and is also home to several shopping complexes.

The median unit value in Hastings is currently around $379,600, according to CoreLogic. Realestate.com.au’s suburb profile says Hastings is mostly made up of older couples and families (17.2%), established couples and families (13.6%) and elderly singles (12.2%).

To get a visual idea of the area, see the Google Map for Hastings.

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