Melbourne is a comfortable and safe city, in most areas of which it is not terrible to walk at night. You can live anywhere, especially if there is a metro station nearby. Still, traditionally, tourists stay in the CBD and adjacent to the center areas of Southbank, Carlton, Fitzroy, East Melbourne and Docklands. And also in the coastal area of St Kilda, where there are many restaurants, shops, souvenir shops, a promenade and an amusement park. Try affordable housing close to the center in East Melbourne and Docklands. It is convenient to search for accommodation through Airbnb, Booking or book directly.
A popular rental option in Melbourne is apartment hotels with studio rooms, for example: Lygon Lodge Carlton (220 Lygon St, Carlton), City Tempo (353 Queen St), Oaks Hotels & Resorts (network of apartment hotels). The room has beds, recreation area, mini-kitchen, workplace, bathroom. In common use there can be a laundry and a luggage room.
If you prefer a traditional hotel, pay attention to the ibis hotel chain, they offer good value for money. There are 9 ibis hotels in Melbourne, including Ibis Styles and Ibis Budget. Prices in hotels and apartments start from 135 AUD per night per room or studio apartment.
You can stop with chic in the oldest hotel in Melbourne Windsor (111 Spring St), which has been welcoming guests since 1883. From here, on foot, you will reach many iconic places in Melbourne, and the hotel itself is remarkable for its Victorian architecture, paintings in the lobby and the tradition of afternoon tea. So if you don’t live in Windsor, then at least it’s worth seeing.
For those who seek to spend on housing on smaller trips, in Melbourne there is a huge number of comfortable hostels. Often hostels are whole communities of travelers, with their own events, parties, board games, free tours and atmosphere. Looking for just that? Feel free to stop at Habitat HQ (333 St Kilda Rd, St Kilda), Landing Pads Richmond (153 Hoddle St, Richmond) or Nomads Melbourne Backpackers (196 A’beckett St). Prices for a bed in the hostel start from 19 AUD.