The best places to live in Sydney

In a vast, sprawling city such as Sydney, deciding where to live as a new expat is not a simple task. Before beginning their search for accommodation, expats should take time to consider their options, keeping lifestyle, family and personal preferences in mind.

With a diversity of neighbourhoods, Sydney has something to suit every taste and budget.

City living in Sydney


Sydney is a vibrant cosmopolitan city and many young expats prefer to live close to the city centre where the action is. That said, space is hard to come by here, and the price of accommodation largely depends on how central it is.

The Rocks

This area is close to the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge. It is a great location with some of Sydney’s best restaurants, bars and nightlife just a hop and a skip away. This part of town is scenic and has a fun laid-back feel to it. The area is best suited to young professionals who enjoy the buzz of city life or business executives who want to be located close to the CBD.

Potts Point

Just a few kilometres from the CBD, Potts Point is a lively and central place to live, and apartments here often have stunning views of Sydney Harbour. Residents are right in the middle of town and surrounded by cafes, restaurants and shops, and have access to good public transport.

Potts Point is conveniently situated and offers plentiful amenities and beautiful views. Unfortunately, this is reflected in the housing prices. Accommodation here is on the pricey side, but for those who can afford it, Potts Point is a great choice.


Newtown is a bohemian area of Sydney and is the perfect place for single expats or couples on a budget. It is a colourful and unconventional area with an eclectic host of restaurants, bars, theatres and clubs. The streets are lined with vintage fashion boutiques, music stores, specialist bookshops and antique stores.

Although it looks a little run down in parts, this is all part of the Newtown charm. It is decidedly cosmopolitan and highly popular with young expats.

Family-friendly areas to live in Sydney

Manly Beach

Thanks to Sydney’s glorious weather, sublime beaches and wide open spaces, it is a great place for expats relocating with children. Expats moving to Sydney with a family will naturally want to consider their child’s schooling options before deciding where to live. It’s important to note that many public schools in Australia only offer places to students living within their particular catchment area.


Suburbs located near the northern beaches of Sydney are popular with expat families, especially those from the UK or New Zealand. Areas like Manly are great for expats with children, as they are close to some stunning beaches as well as a number of Sydney’s top private and public schools. Public transport links to the city are good in these areas with regular bus, train and ferry services in operation.


Parramatta is a lively but family-friendly area for those relocating to Sydney with children. Properties here are large and inexpensive compared to many other Sydney suburbs, and there are a number of good schools in the area. There are lots of open spaces to enjoy the outdoors with the family. These suburbs are also well serviced by several modes of public transport.


Blacktown in western Sydney is an area with lots of community facilities and schools. It also has plenty of shopping and entertainment facilities to keep the whole family busy. With good public transport links and close proximity to major highways, commuting to the city centre is easy.

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