Study in The City of Adelaide

Adelaide is the capital city of the state of South Australia, and the fifth-most populous city of Australia. The demonym Adelaidean is used to denote the city and the residents of Adelaide.

Adelaide is situated on the Adelaide Plains north of the Fleurieu Peninsula, between the Gulf St Vincent in the west and the Mount Lofty Ranges in the east. Its metropolitan area extends 20 km from the coast to the foothills of the Mount Lofty Ranges, and stretches 96 km from Gawler in the north to Sellicks Beach in the south.

Adelaide is rated as one of the most liveable cities in Australia and is home to various ethnic groups from all over the world.. It consists of a diverse and compassionate community which makes it a truly great place to live. With that being said, it makes Adelaide the perfect place to reside and study, it’s community centric dynamic and relatively small surface area makes it very easy to commute leaving you with more time to relax and explore all of its attractions.

It’s one of Australia's most affordable cities to live, by almost up to 14% in comparison, and has the lowest median rent in the country.

Adelaide is consistently considered a leader in education, housing one of the group of eight universities, and many other world leading institutions that are renowned internationally, some ranking in the top 2% globally.  Meaning, studying in Adelaide provides you with world class education with internationally recognised qualifications that you can take with you anywhere you go. Studyco can help you find the right course for you. 

Adelaide has a thriving economy and is host to global leaders like Microsoft, BHP and PwC. Because of its size, Adelaide can provide more opportunities to engage directly with business and develop valuable career outcomes.

Adelaide has developed leaders that have achieved success in a wide range of fields. Some of these notable alumni include former President of Singapore, Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam, President and Group CEO of PETRONAS, Tan Sri Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin and Editor in Chief Vogue China, Angelica Cheung.

Adelaide is overflowing with work opportunities from different industries that offer part time and casual work. It is important to check whether the visa you’re on allows you to work in Australia before applying for work.

As an international student, depending on the course of study, you may be eligible to work up to 40 hours a fortnight while your course is in commencement, and unlimited hours while you’re on break. PHD students are entitled to work full time. You can learn more about working conditions for international students by visiting the Australian Government's Department of Home Affairs website. There you can find all the information you need.

Part Time Work

It is recommended for international students to undertake part time work wherever possible to help manage their work-study life balance. It is also a great way to earn money to help assist with paying for living expenses as well as a great opportunity to network and gain industry related experience in the Australian workplace. There are many opportunities for students to undertake part-time work from a wide range of industries in Adelaide.  Some of these industries include:

  • Retail - supermarkets, departments and clothing stores
  • Hospitality - cafes, bars and restaurants
  • Tourism - hotels, tour operators
  • Sales and Telemarketing
  • Administration or Clerical roles
  • Tutoring

Students that are currently residing and studying in Adelaide can get the support they need in finding work by registering on Get Work Help Desk provided by StudyAdelaide.

Students are also encouraged to undertake any internships and volunteer work while studying in Adelaide to demonstrate to employers that they can apply their technical and practical skills effectively in the relevant workplace, interact positively and coherently within a team environment and contribute efficiently to the day to day operations of an organisation with the guidance of a workplace and academic supervisor. 

All international students in Australia have the same workplace rights as all other workers in Australia. These workplace rights include protecting your entitlement to:

  • A minimum wage and superannuation
  • Challenge of unfair dismissal from the job
  • Leave, breaks and rest periods
  • A healthy and safe work environment

Find out more about your working rights as an international student through the Australian Government's Fair Work Ombudsman - an independent government organisation that offers free services to all workers in Australia, including international students.


Finding Work

There are many services offered to help students find part time work while they are studying, some of these services include:

  • The Careers Service at your university or institution
  • The ‘Careers’ or ‘Employment’ section of company websites

There are also a variety of dedicated job search websites such as:


Below is a breakdown of estimated weekly expenses for international students, please note that these figures are based on averages and may vary depending on lifestyle choices and needs. These are the estimated figures of a sample single student living in the city:

  • Rent - City (Shared): approximately AUD$185 per week
  • Utility Bill (Shared): approximately AUD$30 per week
  • Grocery: approximately AUD$60 per week
  • Phone and internet:approximately  AUD$25 per week
  • Public Transport: approximately AUD$15 per week
  • Entertainment: approximately AUD$80 per week

International students also have the option of student accommodation. Prices of these options may vary depending on location and number of room/house mates:

  • Hostels and Guesthouses - $90 to $150 per week
  • Shared Rental - $85 to $215 per week
  • On campus - $90 to 280 per week
  • Homestay - $235 to $325 per week
  • Rental - $165 to $440 per week
  • Boarding schools - $11,000 to $22,000 per year


International students in Adelaide receive significant discounts provided by the South Australian Government. Adelaide Metro is Adelaide’s public transport system, providing cost effective and efficient travel throughout the city and the greater metropolitan area. To travel on the public transport system, you’ll need to pay for your fare using either a MetroCARD or Metroticket. Tertiary students in Adelaide can enjoy unlimited travel on a 28-Day Pass for $50, and primary and secondary school students for $25.50.