About Adelaide

5 reasons to choose Adelaide as a study destination

Adelaide is Australia’s premier learning city. It is Australia’s fifth largest city and the capital of South Australia.

Adelaide’s reputation is built on a tradition of educational excellence that makes it known as the “Nobel Prize Capital” of Australia. It has supported and produced five Nobel Prize Laureates and over one hundred Rhodes and Fulbright scholars and is home to some of Australia’s most esteemed institutions. The city is now home to 1.26 million people of all cultures and walks of life. It is a bustling multicultural city with a range of cultural events to help international students feel right at home. It is a sophisticated, modern and affordable place to live, work and study with all the hallmarks of a major urban centre.

Adelaide is regarded as the food and wine capital of Australia and South Australia produces 50% of all Australian wine and is renowned for its National Wine Centre and numerous food and wine events. Please refer Study in Australia for further details.

Cost of living

Adelaide costs 19% less to live in compared to Melbourne and Sydney and is 7% less when compared to Perth and Brisbane (Source: StudyAdelaide). This means students can do more with their budget. For further details on cost of living in Australia and Adelaide. Please refer to Living Costs in Australia for further details.

The 20-minute city

Adelaide is known as the 20-minute city with an enviable range of cultural locations, shopping precinct, sporting centre and parklands all with easy reach. This access to entertainment, recreation, accommodation and leisure facilities offers a unique and dynamic mix of education and lifestyle without the hassles of big cities. Please visit Adelaide as a city for more information.


Adelaide offers concessional transport to all students with bus, tram and train, available with the same ticket. Traffic is rarely congested, people are relaxed and friendly, and the public transport system runs on time and can take you just about anywhere. Please visit Transport for more information.


Adelaide is known as the Festival City where there is always something happening with car races, arts festivals, sporting competitions, food and wine celebrations and music festivals. Adelaide has gained a reputation for excellence in the performing and visual arts, and plays host to a number of internationally renowned events. These include the Tour Down Under, the Adelaide Festival of Arts and Fringe Festival, OzAsia and Moon Lantern Festival as well as ethnic food, wine and cultural celebrations. Please visit Festivals and Culture for more information.

Climate and Environment

Adelaide enjoys a mild Mediterranean climate with four distinct seasons in the year, Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring. The clean air and sunny days mean students can enjoy year-round outdoor activities. Adelaide is surrounded by 25 kilometres of beautiful sandy beaches, the remarkable Adelaide hills and is in easy driving range of world class regions including the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale and Clare Valley. Please visit Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology.