Adelaide is the capital city of South Australia – a city of festivals, relaxed living and education excellence. Known for our unique wildlife, iconic natural landscapes and friendly, laid-back people, Adelaide is one of the world’s most livable cities.
One of the world’s most liveable cities
Adelaide offers a relaxed, easy-going lifestyle, and is rated as one of the top 5 liveable cities in the world (Global Liveability Study 2015). It is located in beautiful region of South Australia, which is also ranked in the top 5 of the world’s regions.
Adelaide is ranked the 26th best city for student living worldwide (QS Best Student Cities 2016) and is also one of the world’s top 10 cities to visit (Lonely Planet 2014).
Australia’s most affordable mainland capital
Your money will go much further in Adelaide. Studies 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), meaning you will have more money to discover Australia during your study breaks.
A safe place to live
Safety and security is a key part of life in Adelaide. TripAdvisor rates Adelaide as generally a very safe city. On campus, students are able to enjoy the safe environment provided by our 24-hour security service.
With a multicultural population and large student numbers, Adelaide is a warm and welcoming place to live. Students who speak English as a second language can be confident that they will have no trouble getting around and being understood.
Adelaide has an extensive bus, tram and train network covering the city and suburbs, with discounted tickets available to international students. Free public transport is available within the city centre.
Buses run frequently to and from Flinders University, and Adelaide is a cycling-friendly city. Everything you need to know about Adelaide’s public transport can be found at the Adelaide Metro website.
Adelaide has a higher ratio of cafés and restaurants to residents than any other city in Australia and has a vibrant and multicultural market culture. Adelaide is well-equipped for vegan and vegetarian students, and there are also a range of restaurants, butchers and takeaway food outlets that offer Halal or Kosher food.
From high-end brands to local retailers, Adelaide has a wide range of choices, making it easy to shop for any taste or budget. Westfield Marion, the biggest shopping mall in Adelaide, is located just 10 minutes from our Bedford Park campus.
Rundle Mall, located in the city centre, offers a shopping strip with department stores and high street brands, while the cafe-lined Rundle Street is home to many designer labels.
Things to see and do
South Australia offers a mix of beautiful landscapes, sparkling beaches, rolling hills and a vibrant urban centre. It is often called ‘The Festival State’ because of the many arts, sporting and cultural events it holds each year.
No matter what your interests, there is always something to see and do in Adelaide.
- Visit the giant pandas at the Adelaide Zoo
- Watch a show at the Adelaide Festival of Arts or the Adelaide Fringe Festival
- Spend the day shopping in Rundle Mall
- Listen to music from all over the world at WOMADelaide
- Take a tram to Glenelg Beach for a swim
- Cheer on world-famous cyclists at the Santos Tour Down Under
- Enjoy multicultural cuisine at the Adelaide Central Market
- Spend a day at the horse races at the Oakbank Racing Easter Carnival
- Visit one of our world-famous wine regions
- Spend the day at the Art Gallery of South Australia or the South Australian Museum
- Have a picnic in the Adelaide Botanic Gardens
For more information, visit www.southaustralia.com.