The Benefits of Studying (and Working) in Adelaide

With a gorgeous climate, plenty of green space and a relaxed lifestyle, Adelaide is currently ranked in the world’s top ten most liveable cities. Thanks to annual events like the Adelaide Fringe, WOMADelaide, and more, as well as a buzzing food scene, the city has recently shaken off its sleepy reputation to become one of Australia’s favourite cities for students. Ranked in the top 50 by QS Best Student Cities, Adelaide is home to three respected public universities and a rapidly evolving economy. Here are six reasons why you should consider studying in the ‘City of Churches’.

Attend Australia’s top young university or its oldest institution

Whether you’re looking for cutting-edge innovation or research-led tradition, Adelaide has you covered. The University of South Australia ranked 25th in the 2019 QS Top 50 Under 50 universities and is the number-one young university in Australia for teaching quality. At the other end of the spectrum, you’ll find The University of Adelaide, which was established in 1874 and consistently ranks in the top 1% of universities worldwide due to its impressive research output. Adelaide offers the best of both worlds!

Fast-track your career

Adelaide’s universities are future-focused, meaning you’ll be prepared for whatever comes next. Alumni of The University of Adelaide have gone on to become Rhodes Scholars, Noble Laureates and Fulbright Scholars, along with forging impressive careers in business and public life. The University of South Australia is ranked one of the world’s top 50 universities under 50, and Flinders University is a member of the Innovative Research Universities (IRU) Group, meaning it is committed to inclusive excellence in teaching, learning and research.

If you’re keen to break into the workforce, Torrens University operates on a trimester system, so many of its courses can be completed in less time than at other institutions, while TAFE SA, a vocational education and training provider, offers practical, hands-on learning, with a range of unique, specialised courses for students looking to upskill, learn a new trade, or for a university pathway.

Take advantage of the (green) resources boom

South Australia exports large amounts of minerals including uranium, iron, copper, gold, nickel and mineral sands, and is the world’s sixth-largest wine producer. But the state also leads Australia in investing in renewable energy, harnessing wind, geothermal, wave, and solar capacity. Because of the rapid development of these industries, career opportunities are available in sectors like engineering, construction, education, trades and professional services in Adelaide.

Join Australia’s growing defence industry

Are frigates, submarines and aircraft more your style? Then you’re in luck, because Adelaide is home to a hub of defence research and development centres that work together with technology companies to stay ahead of the global game. The defence industry in the city is set to take off over the next couple of years, with the state recently winning $AUD10 billion in contracts that will create career opportunities well into the future.

Study at the forefront of science and technology

In line with Adelaide’s habit of combining old and new, bioscience companies are also booming in the city, with 50 new companies expected to set up in the state in the next ten years. In 2018, the $247 million, 14-storey University of South Australia Cancer Research Institute opened to host researchers from all over the country, and Flinders University even offers majors in Innovation and Enterprise to prepare you for the dynamic modern world of technology.

Enjoy student life in one of Australia’s most affordable capital cities

Some people say that living in Adelaide is like living in a big country town, and its small population and distance from Australia’s east coast could have a positive effect on your wallet. Numbeo currently estimates that rent in Adelaide is around 49% lower than in Sydney, and the city also offers free tram and bus transport in the city centre. Without the budget pressures of living in a bigger city, you’ll be able to focus on your studies and make the most of your time in Adelaide.

Header image courtesy of the South Australian Tourism Commission.