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.
- 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.
South Australia has a Mediterranean climate, with long, hot summers and cool to “cold,” snowless winters. Adelaide offers more than 2,500 hours of sunshine a year, and without the humidity of other Australian cities.
Spring (September – November) 10°C to 24°C
Summer (December – February) 25°C to 35°C
Fall (March – May) 11°C to 26°C
Winter (June – August) 8°C to 16°C
Getting Around Adelaide
Adelaide has an extensive buses, trains, or tram network covering the city and suburbs, with free public transport available within the city centre. You can also use some available app options to plan your routes more efficiently!
Buses run frequently to and from Flinders University, and Adelaide is a cycling-friendly city. Another bonus? A $85-million extension of the Tonsley rail line and creation of a new station (brand-new in 2020) links Flinders Bedford Park and Tonsley campuses by rail, allowing Flinders students to access the CBD by train in less than 20 minutes.
Check out more on Adelaide Metro.
What to see and do in Adelaide?
So what do OzTREKK students say?
I like is its accessibility to hill ranges for hikes and its vast amount of walking trails. Adelaide is surrounded by hills on the east side of the city, so you can easily immerse yourself in nature and the outdoors. These hikes give you a higher vantage point and a beautiful view overlooking the city and ocean.
The Adelaide CBD offers lots of great retail shops, international cuisine, and great cafés for your coffee.
If you’re like us, you might enjoy those gorgeous travel blogs, interesting podcasts, and social media influencers who test things out to let you know if they’re worth the money.
Here are a few accounts to follow:
- Have a beach day on the infamous Glenelg Beach.
- Hit up Kangaroo Island and spot some cute koalas at Hanson Bay Sanctuary.
- Check out a fun festival like the 4-day WOMAdelaide.
- Explore Mount Lofty for some sweet views of the city, and don’t miss their botanical gardens.
- Have a bike ride in one of the best winery regions—the Barossa Valley.
- Invite your friends to a BBQ on a Buoy.
- Climb some serious rocks in Morialta’s National Park.
- Grab a friend for a pub crawl to the best bars in the city: Nola Craft Beer & Whiskey, Mr Goodbar, BRKLYN to name a few!
- Calling all foodies at the Adelaide Central Market.
- Spend a Saturday on Peel Street indulging your foodie side and window shopping.