Life in Adelaide as a Student

All you need to know about South Australia's capital - the nation's biggest 'country town'.

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Founded in 1836, Adelaide is commonly referred to by their Australian neighbour states as a 'big country town'. Considered small by Australian standards, this city is called home by just over 1.3 million Adelaidians. Hot in the summertime, this sub-Mediterranean climate city finds itself perched in the driest state, in the driest inhabited continent on Earth. Perfect for those with a liking for a slightly slower pace of life, the festival state is best enjoyed in 'Mad March' thanks to the plethora of activities in the city! Coming to Adelaide to study? Study Adelaide is a great place to start.

We've put together below some key things you need to know about the city in general and life in Adelaide as a student. 

Where the Students Live


Once upon a time a true working class area, Bowden has emerged into a gentrified area with the trendiest of trendy eateries and gourmet-food stalls in the hugely popular Plant 4 market. Right on the fringe of the city square, Bowden residents are in close proximity to the city-centre, as well as the beautiful parks surrounding North Adelaide.


With most of South Australia's activity occurring in the actual city itself, Adelaide itself is home to the state's major universities. For the students who are looking for ultra convenience for their studies, the city centre provides this in spades. Not so crowded and noisy that you'll feel stressed, yet big enough that you'll never be bored, this is an excellent spot to be for tertiary students.


The Sights of Adelaide

Adelaide Oval (North Adelaide)

Historically one of the world's great sporting grounds, the Adelaide Oval together with its very recent refurbishment is fantastically picturesque. Perched stunningly in-between the city centre and lovely North Adelaide, South Australia's home of cricket and Australian Rules Football is a must-visit for any sports lovers.

Glenelg Beach (Glenelg)

Think of it as Adelaide's answer to Bondi in Sydney or St Kilda in Melbourne. Glenelg is Adelaide's iconic seaside suburb, home to a long sandy beach and even a few sharks every now and then! The beautifully tanned locals congregate here come Summer-time and the suburb's Jetty Road is well serviced by a string of relaxed eateries and scrumptious ice-creameries.

Barossa Valley (Tanunda)

South Australia's world-renowned wine-growing region and only an hour north of Adelaide, the Barossa Valley is particularly well regarded for producing excellent Shiraz. Travel alongside gentle rolling hills and breath in the lovely fresh air!

Mega Adventure Park (West Beach)

The best and most exhilarating way of getting views over the city of Adelaide, the inner suburbs, and the superb beaches, Mega Adventure Park is these days a quintessential Adelaide experience. You can enjoy it even more with 15% off when booking online.


Things that bring Adelaideans together

Universities in Adelaide

Flinders University

Bedford Park, Victoria Square, Tonsley | More information 

Torrens University

Adelaide | More information

The University of Adelaide

North Terrace, Waite, Roseworthy, Thebarton | More information

The University of South Australia

Adelaide (City East), Adelaide (City West), Magill, Mawson Lakes, Whyalla, Mount Gambier | More information


Fun Facts

Famous for: Churches and 'Mad March'

Heat-wise: Melbourne achieved a scorching 46.4°c | 24 January, 2019

Keeping it cool: Adelaide chilled through -0.4°c | 8 June, 1982

Someone who lives in Adelaide is an: 'Adelaidean'


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