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Sydney, Australia’s largest and most populated city, is known mainly for its iconic opera house, picturesque harbour, beautiful beaches, and a plethora of trendy shops and cafes. It is very much a worthy travel destination for anyone venturing Down Under and a popular spot for foreigners and nationals alike.

This desirable metropolis is dripping with places to stay, but there’s no need to break the bank. AllTheRooms features every places to stay in Sydney–from Couchsurfing to luxury hotel–but we’ve decided to pull together the easy-on-the-wallet options.

Here are seven surprisingly cheap places to stay in Sydney (and, no, they’re not all hostels).

1. Penthouse Living

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This 2-bedroom penthouse apartment in Rhodes offers luxurious living for a fraction of the cost. The property is a 2-minute walk to the train station that can bring you anywhere in the city, not to mention, you’ll be just about half a mile from local shops, restaurants and bars. The entire house can sleep up to five guests, so you can split the small bill if you’re feeling extra frugal. Your luxury accommodations also feature a view of the water.

2. Modern Apartment with a View

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This one-bedroom, modern-style apartment comes with a view of the water, plus room for up to four guests. Gaze over Olympic Park from your terrace or bedroom window. Enjoy luxury amenities, like the BBQ grill and remodeled kitchen appliances. You can get pretty cozy since this apartment is near local shops and restaurants, or head out to the central business district, which is only 30 minutes away.

3. Resort-style Stay

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This apartment might be the best place you’ll ever stay–from the views of Botany Bay to the high-end decor. The rooms feature floor to ceiling windows, the kitchen is decorated with black tile and stainless steel appliances, and the entire apartment is set up for a perfectly relaxing getaway. During your stay, enjoy amenities like, a tennis court, swimming pool, and fitness gym. Also, take advantage of their concierge service.

4. Minimalist Zen Lifestyle

By Luiz Maffei

Stay in this Beverly Hills bedroom in Sydney with large windows to let in the natural light and plenty of green plants to provide you with a peaceful stay. The entire home is decorated in black and white with touches of wood and hints of green—reminiscent of a massage studio or meditation center. The property also sits about six minutes from the train station in the event that you want to brave the chaos for a bit.

5. A High-end Hostel

Cheap Places to Stay in Sydney
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Yes, hostels are expected on a list like this, but The Big Hostel sets itself apart from your typical backpacker-ridden accommodation. The hostel is location in the center of Sydney, close to all major attractions. Free breakfast, WiFi and unlimited refreshments are also included in your stay. Select from comfortable dorms or well-designed private rooms for a very affordable price.

6. Sunny and Bright Apartment

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This bright, airy apartment in a quiet neighborhood with a hotel-like vibe is located in the Riverwood area of Sydney, central and close to public transportation. The spacious, 2-bedroom apartment has three available beds and sleeps five people. Light rushes into the large windows featured in each room of the house and carefully-selected art hangs from the walls.

7. Old School Style

Cheap Places to Stay in Sydney
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This well-styled apartment was built in the 1950s, and it has retained all of its charm. The 2-bedroom home sits above a cafe and local shops and is located just a few minutes from the beach and center of Newton. The space sleep up to four people and features a rooftop, parking and laundry facilities.

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