Flinders University

Adelaide, South Australia


University Location Adelaide, South Australia
Address Sturt Rd, Bedford Park, South Australia 5042
Main Campus Bedford Park
City Population 1.4 million
Student Population 26,100
Int'l Student Population 5,100
Semester 1 Start February/March
Semester 2 Start July


Established in 1966, Flinders University has achieved innovative research, high-quality teaching, and community engagement. Flinders has been ranked No. 1 for overall student support services (QILT Student Experience Survey 2018, public SA-founded universities only) and the No. 1 South Australia university for learner engagement, learning resources, and teaching quality (Good Universities Guide 2019, public SA-founded universities only). Flinders was also ranked highly in a number of other survey areas, including work experience availability, safety, arrival services and accommodation access.

Studying at Flinders lets you chase your dreams, find your purpose, and discover new ways to change the world. You’ll find endless opportunities in whatever field you choose. The university’s industry-driven degrees, internationally recognized teachers, and world-class research will enrich your learning and set you on the path to success.

Why Study Here?

At Flinders, you will meet incredible minds to stimulate and inspire you—teacher of international repute armed with up-to-the-minute knowledge, drawing on research that not only meets the world standard, but exceeds it. In fact, more than 90% of Flinders research is rated world standard or above.

Relevant, real-world research drives what you learn in the classroom, and the university’s strong industry links give you the experience that can accelerate your career. Flinders lecturers and academics are leaders in their fields, dedicated to helping you reach your potential.

  • Work-integrated learning
  • Careers & Employability Service
  • Mentoring

Some popular study areas for Canadian students include medicine, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology, audiology, law, nursing, public health, and teaching.


Location Details

Flinders, located in Adelaide, South Australia, is a truly global and multicultural university, with students from more than 90 countries across the world. 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.

Bedford Park
Located just 12km south of the centre of Adelaide, the Bedford Park campus is Flinders’ main campus. It’s a spacious, elevated site with panoramic views to the coast and over the city. The campus boasts state-of-the-art facilities in beautifully kept grounds, with native Australian plants and its own lake. Flinders’ Bedford Park campus offers you natural beauty and a great range of services to create a uniquely inspiring study experience.

Flinders’ Tonsley campus is a $120 million hub of innovation which centrally locates the University’s teaching and research in computer science, artificial intelligence, defence and national securities, autonomous vehicles, information technology, engineering and mathematics.

The Tonsley railway station will link Flinders’ Bedford Park and Tonsley campuses by rail, and allow Flinders’ students to access the CBD by train in less than 20 minutes.

Festival Plaza
The campus recently opened to students semester 1, 2024, offering a comprehensive range of courses from across its six colleges. Flinders city campus is located on North Terrace and sits in the heart of Adelaide’s central business district, offering an unparalleled study and lifestyle experience. Situated next to the Adelaide Railway Station, students are connected by rail to the university’s Bedford Park and Tonsley campus locations in just 22 minutes.

One of the world’s most liveable cities
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 has been rated as one of the top 5 liveable cities in the world (Global Liveability Study 2016). Bonus? Adelaide is situated a beautiful region of South Australia, which is also ranked in the top 5 of the world’s regions!

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

A safe place to live
Safety and security are a key part of life in Adelaide. TripAdvisor rates Adelaide as generally a very safe city. On campus, you can enjoy the safe environment provided by Flinders’ 24-hour security service.

Adelaide has an extensive bus, tram, and train network covering the city and suburbs, with free public transport available within the city centre. Buses run frequently to and from Flinders University, and Adelaide is a cycling-friendly city. Another bonus? Opening in 2020, a $85-million extension of the Tonsley rail line and creation of a new station will link Flinders Bedford Park and Tonsley campuses by rail, allowing Flinders students to access the CBD by train in less than 20 minutes.

South Australia has a Mediterranean climate, with long, hot summers (25°C to 35°C) and cool to “cold,” snowless winters (10°C to 15°C). Adelaide offers more than 2,500 hours of sunshine a year, and without the humidity of other Australian cities.


“…like teaching methods”

Like: 24 hour access to library, transportation, organized activities, location. Like: use of online lectures and in-person practicals, instructors, and teaching methods.

Steven W
Master of Physiotherapy
Flinders University, 2023

“Like the course work and structure of the program”

[I like the] facilities and services on campus. Beautiful location. Like the course work and structure of the program.

Sabeena C
Master of Audiology
Flinders University, 2023

“I like the small class sizes”

I like the small class sizes (professors get to know you on a personal level), love TBL learning (MD at Flinders is split into blocks).

Shreya P
Doctor of Medicine
Flinders University, 2023

“Flinders is a great option for medical school”

Flinders is a great option for medical school because it is laid back in the sense that they want everyone to pass, and if you put in effort you will do well. Adelaide is a relaxed placed to live in, it is not too busy or big. I like how the design is for students to learn, pass fail grading method, not high pressure, but I dislike how it is a bit disorganized and outdated.

Julia T
Doctor of Medicine
Flinders University, 2023

“I like the program.”

I like the program. Dislike some of the organizational aspects of the course and some difficulties with placement (not sure if this is just at my uni or others as well). I like the class size and approach with problem-based learning. Course delivery could sometimes be improved. Prepare yourself that work, social, and school can be tough to balance (the department recommends students not to work as the course is intense), be prepared that it can take a while to find a good group of friends.

Kellita K
Master of Speech Pathology
Flinders University, 2023

“Great facilities, instructors and program”

Great facilities, instructors and program, especially the dissection component. Be prepared to undergo a lot of self-regulated learning i.e finding own resources, learning from peers, etc.

Elisabeth G
Doctor of Medicine
Flinders University, 2022

“Flinders University is a great university”

Flinders University is a great university. The university provides adequate tools and resources for their students to achieve. The campus is beautiful. I am enjoying my program. I enjoy my program because of the amount of placement and clinical experience we have.

Francis T
Master of Physiotherapy
Flinders University, 2019