Adelaide is one of Australia’s most liveable cities and a great place to study.

Your money will also go much further in Adelaide. Statistics show it costs 21% more to live in Melbourne and 23% more to live in Sydney than Adelaide. Adelaide is around 4% cheaper than Brisbane and Perth (2014 Economist Intelligence Unit).

It is recommended that individuals budget between $19,830 to $25,850 for annual living costs in Australia. This estimate will increase if individuals are accompanied by partners and children.

Below is some general information to help you estimate your average basic weekly expenses and the cost of living in Adelaide. We have also provided a guide to the initial expenses you may face on arrival in Adelaide. All prices are in Australian dollars. A currency converter is available here.

Adelaide Cost of Living Estimates (per week)   $AUD
Accommodation (shared or single) $125 – 390
Public transport $20 – 35
Food (eating at home) $90 – 135
Utilities (Electricity/gas/water) $40 – 55
Telephone and internet $15 – 40
Clothes/Entertainment $50+
Total $340 – 705
* These prices are estimated for 2017
Basic Item Costs in Adelaide $AUD
Bowl of noodles $8 – 10
Loaf of bread $3 – 5
Milk (1 litre) $1 – 2
Coffee (1 cup) $3 – 5.50
Cinema ticket (student price) $12.50 – 17
Bus/train/tram ticket (single) $2.60 – 5.20
Hot chips $4 – 5
* These prices are estimated for 2017
Estimated Initial Expenses $AUD
Temporary accommodation
(seven nights in a hostel/motel/hotel)
$210 – 840
Rental bond 4 week’s rent
Advance rent 2 week’s rent
Electricity connection $50
Gas connection $50
Internet connection (Set up cost/bundle) $50 – 200
Mobile phone and/or network SIM card $40
Household items, eg. furniture, crockery
(Second hand/used)
$500
Transportation (public transport) $60
Textbooks and Educational Expenses $500 – 1000
Insurance for car, contents etc $100 – $300
Unexpected additional costs $200
* These prices are estimated for 2017