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Study in Adelaide, Australia

Population: 1,500,000

City Overview

Adelaide is the capital city of South Australia and one of the most relaxed cities in the country. The city is well known for its stylish architecture, boutique shopping and fine restaurants, making it a great place to study a graduate program in Australia. Adelaide also has a big international student population, with many coming to study English in the city before taking up Masters at one of the city’s three public universities.

Adelaide is located right in the middle of Australia’s wine region, with the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale and Clare Valley all with an easy day trip.

Education profile

Adelaide is home to three public universities as well as three campuses from foreign universities. You can study a graduate program in Adelaide at:
You can also study a postgraduate course at several South Australia TAFE (Technical and Further Education) campuses.

Australian universities also have a global reputation for quality of research, making them an attractive option for those looking to study postgraduate courses.

Most Masters degrees in Sydney take one year to complete full time, with PhDs taking up to four years to finish.

Immigration and visas

In order to undertake a graduate program in Adelaide you will need to acquire a temporary visa. This visa will allow you to study at an Australian institution and work unlimited hours whilst completing your postgraduate course, and will also allow dependent family members to accompany you whilst you are in the country.

In order to obtain your student visa you will need to pay a visa charge at your nearest Australian Embassy, where you will also have to present:
  • A completed form 157A
  • The confirmation letter from the university where you will be studying
  • Four recent passport sized photographs
  • Copies of passport pages
  • Evidence that you have Overseas Student Health Cover for as long as you will be in the country
You can apply online for your visa via the Australian Government’s Department of Immigration and Citizenship website.

Life in Adelaide

Adelaide is a sophisticated, modern and above all, affordable place to study. The city has wide open streets and central squares in a European style, with 900 hectares of parkland surrounding it. The beach is a quick bus ride away and Adelaide Hills are a mere 30 minute drive.

Food forms a big part of social life in Adelaide, with a wide choice of Italian, Asian and seafood restaurants to choose from. One of the main times to visit Adelaide is during March, when loads of festivals and events take over Adelaide’s social scene, such as the Adelaide Fringe, the Adelaide Festival, WOMADelaide.

Working in Adelaide

Adelaide remains a centre of manufacturing in Australia. Almost half of all cars produced in Australia are made in Adelaide at its General Motors Holden plant, while more than 40% of Australia electronics industry is based in the city.

However, South Australia’s largest employment sector is healthcare and social assistance, with more than 100,000 people employed in the industry.

Adelaide was the founding home of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation and is still considered its spiritual home.


The best way to integrate into life on a graduate program in Adelaide is to find accommodation in university halls of residence. This will allow you to meet fellow students, live close to the university and avoid dealing with estate agents on moving.
However, if you do decide to look for your own accommodation, you should consider living in the following areas, which are popular with students:
  • Brompton
  • Glenelg
  • North Adelaide
Expect to pay around AUS$140-$200 (£92-£131) per week for a room in a shared house in Adelaide. 

Weather and Climate

Adelaide has a Mediterranean style climate, with most of its rainfall occurring in the winter months. Summers are hot and winters mild. The hottest months of the year are between January and March, where temperatures regularly reach 28C, while the coldest winter months between June and August see temperature around 8C.

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