South Australia is such a beautiful part of the Australian landscape and its capital Adelaide is well worth considering as your new place to live. Here are some of the top reasons you should study in Adelaide.

1. Adelaide is very affordable

Adelaide is the perfect place to live and explore on a student budget. In 2019, Adelaide was the third most affordable city in terms of living costs, with rent around 49% lower than Sydney. Rent prices vary, but on average you can expect to spend between $170-200 per week for a room in a share house.

To find out just how affordable Adelaide is, you can use our Cost of Living Calculator to get an idea of your expected costs.

2. It’s home to some of Australia’s top educational institutions

You’ll find lots of Australia’s top educational institutions in Adelaide, including universities, private colleges, and culinary and hospitality schools.

The historical colonial-era sandstone buildings of Adelaide’s university campuses (especially those in the CBD) are also breathtakingly beautiful. In fact, you might feel like you’ve stepped right into Hogwarts!

3. Transport in Adelaide is super convenient

In Adelaide, you’ll notice many inner-city trams weaving through the city CBD, which gives the city a lot of charm. Many city transport services are free (including buses), so you can enjoy, experience and explore Adelaide very affordably.

Adelaide is also bicycle-friendly. Free bicycles are available to use around the CBD, which not only promotes a healthier, greener and more active lifestyle, but is also super convenient when you’re running late to class!

4. Adelaide is festival central

Ask any international student and they’ll tell you the same thing: there’s always something happening in Adelaide. Major festivals include WOMADelaide, Adelaide Festival, FEAST Festival, Adelaide Fringe, OzAsia and IndoFest – just to name a few!

5. But it’s also pretty calming and relaxing

On one hand, Adelaide has all the benefits of a thriving city. On the other, it can be refreshingly laid-back, quiet and relaxed. So, once you’re done sightseeing, partying or working, you’ll always be able to take a step back from the hustle and bustle of the city to focus more on your studies. This makes Adelaide a fantastic place for dedicating time to study and increasing your productivity.

6. There are big opportunities in Adelaide for internships and employment

There’s ample opportunity to participate in internships and find part-time employment whilst studying in Adelaide. After graduation, you can join one of Adelaide’s many major thriving industries. These include food and wine, bioscience, health, agriculture, information and communications technology, defence, tourism and the arts.

7. The city is full of cultural activities

In the heart of Adelaide’s CBD lie many of South Australia’s major arts and cultural institutions. Some of these include the State Library of South Australia, the Adelaide Botanic Gardens, the South Australian Museum, the Art Gallery of South Australia, the Adelaide Festival Centre and Adelaide Zoo. What could be better than taking an afternoon study break at the zoo?

8. Adelaide has a thriving food and bar culture

Adelaide’s food and drink scene is one of the best in Australia. Be adventurous and go hunting for Adelaide’s hippest hidden laneway and rooftop bars. Down a drink at Nola Craft Beer & Whiskey, Mr Goodbar, BRKLYN or any of the other bustling bars in Adelaide’s East End. Try some great coffee (My Kingdom for a Horse), pizza (Melt) or gin (Prohibition Liquor Co.). If you’re after some incredible fresh produce, make sure to check out Adelaide Central Market.

9. Adelaide offers plenty of great getaways

You’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to weekend getaways, with lots of great trips just a short distance from the city. You can explore wine regions like the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale and the Clare Valley, head to the Adelaide Hills and check out the area’s quaint villages, hop over to Kangaroo Island, or see some of the most stunning natural wonders Australia has to offer.

10. It’s the best of all worlds

Adelaide offers balance. It’s a city famous for colourful and diverse communities, beautiful rural landscapes, historic sandstone cityscapes, thriving local industries, bustling businesses, low unemployment rates and a healthy economy. It’s at once an exciting and relaxed city that celebrates diversity, opportunity and education.


Study culinary arts or hospitality management at Le Cordon Bleu Adelaide and join a thriving multicultural student community.