Best suburbs in Sydney for singles of all ages
It turns out many of the city’s suburbs experiencing a boom in bachelor pads and all the single ladies have a lot in common.
Apparently people looking for their love life to take off should focus on an area close to the airport, places where there is a plentiful supply of new apartments or maybe study for a bachelor (or bachelorette) degree near one of the universities.
New research shows Sydney is now home to 13 per cent more single women than men and there are more singletons living here than ever before.
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ABS statistics revealed that in total there are now more than 1.5 million singles in Sydney, approximately 806,00 women and 712,000 men.
The suburb with the highest concentration of both single men and women is Kingsford, southeast of the CBD, on the doorstep of the University of NSW and a popular hub for new construction due to its proximity to the light rail network.
Other favoured areas for singles of both sexes are near the University of Sydney, including Ultimo, Chippendale and Redfern, according to a Finder.com.au analysis of ABS and mortgage data. Also popular are Burwood and Strathfield, where developers have released a slew of new studio and one-bedroom apartments.
Ultimo’s Bella Jones, 20, said singles came to the suburb due to the university, where she studies design. “It makes sense that you have a better chance of finding love closer to universities, there’s lots of like-minded people around,” Ms Jones said.
Ms Jones, who is single, said that between studying and working part time as a nanny it was difficult to find that special someone. “It is definitely difficult trying to find the right person when you’re so busy, but I am hopeful,” she said.
“It’s good because I have so many friends who live in the area. I’ve got quite a big group of friends who all live very close.”
Finder.com.au money expert Bessie Hassan said single people tended to settle in cheaper areas with good access to amenities and public transport.
Areas around universities were a natural fit for singles of all ages because they were usually easily accessible and had a livelier social scene, she said.
Kingsford units, for example, had the lowest median price in the area and cost an average of about $100,000 less than in nearby Randwick.
Suburbs with ample new units were also often well served by amenities and tended to be much cheaper than surrounding suburbs because there was a greater supply of housing available for sale and rent.
“You can’t put a price on love so even if you might not be able to live in an area with more singles you could at least consider spending more time there,” Ms Hassan said.
Of course, not all single men and women live in the same place — otherwise they probably wouldn’t be single for very long. Females generally gravitate to inner-city areas with a large selection of new units, including Waterloo, Forest Lodge and the Sydney CBD.
Meanwhile men are often more willing to settle further out. Western Sydney enclave Auburn has the second highest population of single men behind Kingsford, while nearby Berala and Cabramatta in the southwest are also popular.
First homebuyer Alex Herman, 24, said he didn’t have romance on his mind when he began seeking out his home but discovered he was targeting many areas popular with other singles.
“I really liked Kingsford and looked a bit in Waterloo and Zetland, where there’s lots of university students and young people,” Mr Herman said, adding that he eventually purchased in Kingsford’s neighbour Rosebery.
“The great thing about buying on your own is that there isn’t someone else who needs to agree with you.”
Mortgage Choice chief executive Susan Mitchell said single home buyers tended to be more limited in their location choices.
“A single income could limit you to buying a smaller property at a lower price,” Ms Mitchell said. “(But) the advantage to buying on your own is that you will have more freedom to make decisions.”