Guide to Rental Property in Doncaster

Finding the right rental property for your family can be tricky. With demand high, good properties get snapped up quickly.  So it pays to do your homework about the different areas and the types of properties you’ll find before you start your search.

We’ve put together this handy guide so you’ll know what to expect when searching for your next rented home in Doncaster.

Your wants and needs.

Do you have a specific area you are looking at? Need to be close to a particular school, your workplace or relative? Got your heart set on country living?

Whether it’s personal preference or practical considerations, if you have a particular area in mind then you may need to compromise on the type of property or features.

Conversely, if you have a wish list of features for your new home – garden, number of bedrooms – you may be limited to certain areas.

Work out what’s important to you and think about where you may be willing to compromise. It will make your search much less stressful.

Doncaster Area Map

Doncaster Town Centre

The town centre has an eclectic mix of properties, but the rental market is focused mainly on flats and small terraced houses. One bedroom apartments and house shares are readily available but if you’re looking for a family home you’ll probably need to widen your search.

Surrounding Areas

Go just outside the town centre and you’ll find plenty of rental options in areas like Bennetthorpe and Town Moor.

To the East of the centre, Wheatley and Intake offer a good range of properties. You’ll find fewer flats here but plenty of house shares. Plus a selection of 2 and 3 bed houses making this a good option for couples and families who want something near the centre.

Typical small family home to rent in Doncaster

To the south and west you’ll find Balby with typical 2 bedroom terraced houses, but also larger family homes in neighbouring Woodfield Plantation.


A little further from the centre and you’ll find former village centres which have become part of the town. These grew rapidly in the post-war years and have many popular estates with 3 and 4 bed family homes.

Sprotborough and Cusworth to the north and Bessacarr, Branton and Auckley to the south are good places to find quality rental properties. 

You can also find a good choice of modern flats in these areas. Upwardly mobile areas like Rossington are benefiting from large investment in road infrastructure and housing making it a good location for commuters.


Doncaster has some lovely rural villages like Finningley and Tickhill where you will find some larger executive houses as well as smaller family homes. But rental properties in these areas tend to be on recent developments and practical rather than rustic.

rural cottage near doncaster

So if you are looking for a dream country cottage to rent you’ll need to be on the ball and ready to move fast – these types of homes get snapped up quickly.


Remember that not all properties make it onto property search sites like Rightmove and Zoopla. Lettings agents like us will know about properties which are soon to be vacated or are being prepared for letting. Give us a buzz and we’ll let you know if the rental home that’s right for you is about to become available.

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