About South Australia
- South Australia shares borders with all of the other mainland states, and with the Northern Territory.
- With over 1.6 million people, the state comprises less than 8 per cent of the Australian population. The majority of its people reside in the state capital, Adelaide, with most of the remainder settled in fertile areas along the south-eastern coast and River Murray.
- Its origins are unique in Australia as a freely settled, planned British province, rather than as a convict settlement.
- It is known as a state of festivals and of fine wine.
Adelaide is the capital of South Australia – a city of culture, relaxed living and a time-honoured seat of learning. It is home to roughly 80% of South Australia’s 1.6 million residents making it Australia’s fifth largest city. It is known as being affordable and easy to get around. Adelaide hosts many cultural and sporting festivals throughout the year and there is much to do in the local area including swimming and surfing at nearby beaches, and hiking and exploring the towns, villages and wineries in the Mount Lofty Ranges adjacent to the city. Adelaide also makes an excellent base for exploring the natural beauty of Kangaroo Island and the Flinders Ranges.
Adelaide enjoys a mild Mediterranean climate with four distinct seasons that include warm, dry summers and cool, wet winters. The average daily maximum is 28°C in summer (Dec-Feb), although temperatures can reach as high as 40°C, and 16°C in winter (June-Aug), although day time temperatures can fall as low as 8°C.
Adelaide has an extensive, reliable public transport system, making travel around Adelaide easy. In addition to the free inner city bus loop, there are buses, trains and trams that connect to all parts of Adelaide including the beach, surrounding suburbs and the Adelaide Hills. International students are eligible for student concessions on public transport.
Further information is available at www.adelaidemetro.com.au/
Finding your way around the city centre of Adelaide is not difficult. Adelaide is built on a grid system and therefore relatively easy to navigate. The area that you choose to live in will dictate how much or how little time is spent on public transport. The city centre is very flat and for those who wish to, cycling is a common and manageable way of getting to and from the city centre.
Cost of living
Adelaide is ranked as one of Australia’s most affordable cities, making it a great place to study. International students will require approximately AU$18,000 per year to cover living expenses in Adelaide. Depending on your lifestyle you may require more or less than this amount.