How to Find Your Ideal Short-Term Apartment in Melbourne

Melbourne is Australia’s biggest city. We have so much to see and do here. Catching a footy or cricket match, going to an art exhibition or concert, or immersing yourself in our exquisite food and wine scene – whatever you’re here for, you’ll need accommodation that perfectly suits your needs.

But this can be easier said than done. Especially with the plethora of average Airbnbs, rip-off hotels and (dare we say) unsanitary hostels you find on the internet.

That’s where serviced apartments make a real difference. In this post we’ll explain why short-term apartments are the way to go in Melbourne, and how to find your perfect pad:

Purpose of the trip and location

Finding the ideal stay in Melbourne really depends on what you’re coming here for. This determines the locations you can start looking at for your Melbourne trip. If you’re here for the Australian Open, then Southbank is an ideal location – it’s a short walk from the Rod Laver Arena. But if you’re here for an art exhibition at the Melbourne Museum, perhaps Fitzroy or Carlton are better spots, due to their close proximity to the museum.

We’ve outlined some popular reasons for visiting Melbourne and matched them with great areas to stay in:

  • Footy and cricket matches:

    Richmond and Hawthorn
    Richmond is right next door to the MCG while Hawthorn is a short tram ride away.

  • Concerts:

    CBD, Port Melbourne and Southbank
    CBD and Port Melbourne are ideal for shows at Marvel Stadium, while Southbank is great for those at Rod Laver Arena.

  • Nightlife:

    Prahran and St Kilda
    These neighbourhoods are the heart of Melbourne’s nightlife.

  • Culture:

    Carlton, Collingwood, Fitzroy, Brunswick
    These trendy, artsy spots offer a giant scoop of Melbourne culture. Think coffee, street food and art.

  • Relaxed central suburbs:

    Fairfield and Moonee Ponds
    Fairfield and Moonee Ponds have the best combo of central and inner-city while feeling relaxed and quiet.

Number of people coming

What kind of trip are we planning? A relaxed couple’s getaway, a girls’ trip or something totally different? Make sure there’s enough space for the whole party – not just for sleeping, but for eating, lounging and socialising too.

Extra amenities

Love nothing more than doing a few laps in the pool in the afternoon? How about getting relaxed in the spa, or pumping some iron first thing in the morning? Complete your short stay in Melbourne by putting these extra amenities on your checklist. StayCentral has a range of listings that feature a gym, pool, spa, tennis courts and other bonuses.

StayCentral has the perfect short-term apartment, no matter what brings you to marvellous Melbourne. From hip converted warehouses to chic CBD apartments, StayCentral handpicks the best apartments across Melbourne and gives them our signature luxury touch. Browse our range of inspiring apartments and make a booking today.