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The Best Student-Friendly Suburbs to Live in Hobart

As Australia’s second oldest city and the capital of Tasmania, Hobart has a rich culture and is full of history. From the peak of Mount Wellington to the shores of the Derwent River, Hobart is full of natural beauty. But that’s not all – iconic art museum MONA sits just north of the city, while the historic centre is home to weekly markets, heritage buildings, delicious cuisine and plenty of pubs.

With so much going on, where should you choose to live? We’re here to help – take a look at the best student-friendly suburbs to live in Hobart.

Sandy Bay

Known for its waterfront homes and proximity to the University of Tasmania’s main campus, Sandy Bay is a top choice for students. The suburb has a range of rental options, from student accommodation to modern apartments, and is located on the Derwent River – perfect for a morning stroll or learning to sail at the Sandy Bay Sailing Club.

With easy access to Hobart city centre and the beautiful Long Beach, Sandy Bay provides the perfect mix of study and leisure. Median rent is around $390 per week for a one-bedroom apartment, or around $220 per week for a room in a share house.

North Hobart

If you’re looking for a good vibe, with cafes, restaurants, and boutique shops, North Hobart is the place for you. Explore the local arts scene, catch a movie at the State Cinema, and enjoy the food – from Mexican at Pancho Villa to brunch and pizza at Room for a Pony.

North Hobart will give you a fun and social student-living experience. Median rent is around $395 per week for a one-bedroom apartment, or around $210 per week for a room in a share house.

South Hobart

With the city centre on one side and Mount Wellington on the other, South Hobart will give you both nature and nightlife. Laid back and safe, South Hobart is a relaxed area, ideal for students who’d rather spend their nights in.

A gateway to the Tasmanian wilderness, the suburb is a great home base for hiking, mountain biking and travelling outside of the city. The historic Cascade Brewery calls South Hobart home – don’t pass up a chance to try their cider! 

Median weekly rent in South Hobart will cost you around $370 for a one-bedroom unit and $190 for a room in a share house.

New Town

Just a short distance from the city centre, New Town is super popular with students. The suburb has it all – parks, shopping centres, and proximity to the Royal Botanic Gardens and Derwent River.

With great access to public transport, you’ll have a speedy commute to the University of Tasmania campuses, and can easily explore the rest of Hobart. Rent is likely to cost you $200 per week in a share house, or $370 per week for your own one-bedroom apartment.

West Hobart

With its cute cottages and tree-lined streets, West Hobart provides a peaceful retreat for students. The suburb offers stunning views of the city and Mount Wellington, along with easy access to the North Hobart dining precinct. 

You’ll feel close enough to the city centre to be convenient, yet far enough away for easy access to Tasmania’s natural beauty. If you’re looking for a room in a share house, rent is likely to cost around $200 per week, and a one-bedroom apartment may cost around $370 per week.

Battery Point

Historic buildings and winding laneways full of antique shops and bookstores characterise Battery Point, a waterfront suburb adjoining the city centre. The University of Tasmania campus is easily accessible, while the Salamanca Market is just around the corner on weekends.

Rent is likely to cost $250 per week for a share house room, or $425 per week for a one-bedroom apartment. Make sure to grab a pastry and coffee from the iconic bakery Jackman & McRoss!