City Guide


Heading to Flinders University? You’ll be in Adelaide, South Australia.

Adelaide is the capital city of South Australia and the fifth largest Australian capital city. The city is surrounded by the hills on the east, and more than 70 km of coastline on the west. South Australia has a population of 1.7 million. More than 75 percent of the population (1.4 million) live within the metropolitan capital of Adelaide.

Located on the coast of the “Great Australian Bight,” the city has a small-town feel and is conveniently within 20 minutes of everything (beaches, mountains, and shops). It boasts a beautiful Mediterranean climate and a big backyard of adventures. Characterized by its parks and green spaces, vibrant multicultural city life, quality cafés and restaurants, and surrounded by award-winning wine regions, Adelaide is consistently ranked as one of the world’s most affordable cities and often rated as one of the top 5 liveable cities in the world (Global Liveability Study). According to the The Economist’s Intelligence Unit (EIU) 2021 rankings, Adelaide is ranked #3 in the world! Bonus? Adelaide is situated a beautiful region of South Australia, which is also ranked in the top 5 of the world’s regions!

Known for its festival vibes, friendly folks, and budget-friendly lifestyle, Adelaide is the perfect home-away-from-home for students.

Fast Facts

  • Conveniently 20 minutes from “everything”
  • Located on the coast of the Great Australian Bight
  • Mediterranean climate
  • Affordable living

Your money will go much further in Adelaide! Studies show it costs 21 percent more to live in Melbourne and 23% more to live in Sydney than Adelaide. Adelaide is approximately 4% cheaper than Brisbane and Perth (2016 Economist Intelligence Unit), meaning you will have more money to discover Australia during your weekends and holidays.



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