Home' The Good Universities Guide : The Good Universities Guide 2016 Contents South Australia
Adelaide has the best of both worlds: it offers all the
conveniences and excitement of a large city, but with a slower
pace and a more relaxed lifestyle.
Victoria Square, Adelaide. Photographer: Brett Sheridan
Courtesy of the South Australian Tourism Commission.
Students considering pursuing study in Adelaide are spolit for
choice, with a number of campuses in and around the city centre.
There are also campuses further afield at Whyalla on the upper
Spencer Gulf and Mt Gambier, SÄs second largest city. Adelaide
was named the fifth most liveable city in the world in the
Economist Intelligence Unit's 2014 Global Liveability Survey.
What does South Australia have to offer?
Where can you study?
There are four universities in Adelaide, in addition to a range of
private higher education providers and TAFE institutes.
South Australia's student population is roughly 90,000. Of these,
around 12 per cent of domestic students are from interstate and
26 per cent are international students (Department of Education
and Training, 2014).
Your study options
Undergraduate degrees are available in all the main general
disciplines (humanities and science, for example) and the
professions, including dentistry, law, medicine and engineering.
There is plenty more on offer in niche fields too. You could find
yourself studying wine marketing, hospitality, acupuncture,
theology or forensic chemistry. As you might expect from the
home state of the renowned WOMAD (World of Music, Art and
Dance) festival, South Australia also claims a strong history in
South Australia is as famous for its festivals, food and wine as it is
for the stunning desert and beach locales, all in easy reach of
Adelaide. Known as the city of churches, Adelaide is the capital
and cultural heart of South Australia. It boasts elegant colonial
architecture, beautiful parks and gardens, museums, pubs,
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restaurants and numerous world-class arts, music, wine and food
festivals throughout the year.
For students, Adelaide is big enough to offer all the essentials of
a large city, but small enough to be less hectic and overwhelming
than Sydney or Melbourne. There is plenty for students to see
and do, whether they attend a campus in Adelaide or elsewhere
in South Australia, and enjoying a lot of it won't break the bank
either - South Australia is one of the cheaper states. Close to
the city, students can spend their time in leafy inner suburbs or
enjoy some fun in the sun at the gorgeous beachside suburb of
Glenelg. Further out, you will find SÄs gourmet food and wine
capital, the Barossa Valley; the natural wonders of Kangaroo
Island; the laid-back Fleurieu Peninsula; the fascinating
underground opal mining town of Coober Pedy; and the rugged
beauty of the Flinders Ranges. These are just a few of the state's
South Australians love their AFL, so you'll be sure to meet some
locals cheering on either of the South Australian teams, the
Adelaide Crows or Port Adelaide Power.
The median weekly rental price for a house in Adelaide is
$350, while the median weekly rental price for a unit is
$290. In comparison, the median weekly rental cost of a
house in Sydney is around $520 and in Melbourne is around
The student rental market is very competitive. Visit your
institution's housing service for referrals or advice.
Note: Figures presented here are intended as a guide only. Prices
vary within and between suburbs and towns. Source: Australian
Property Monitors, December 2014.
You can get around Adelaide by tram, train or bus. Full-time
tertiary students receive a concession fare. Single and daily
tickets are available, as well as the rechargeable electronic
Bikes are also a popular option for students who live close
to the city. Public transport in the outer suburbs and regional
centres may be more limited, so access to a car or other
form of public transport may be necessary.
The climate in Adelaide ensures hot summers and cool to
mild winters. The average maximum temperature in January
is 29 0 C, while the average drops to around 16 0 C in the
winter months. Away from the coast, the temperature soars
(expect averages in the mid-30s) and there is little rainfall.
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