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The University of South Australia is located in Adelaide, Australia’s education city. Adelaide is a cultural destination, filled with many different nationalities, foods, festivals and sporting events. It’s home to some of the country’s best beaches, wine regions and parklands, all in very close proximity to the city centre. Adelaide has been globally recognised for its education, environment, stability, healthcare, culture and infrastructure.

*2019 EIU Cost of Living Survey

Destination Adelaide with StudyAdelaide

Learn more about why you should choose Adelaide as your study destination from our guest speaker, Mason Lee from StudyAdelaide. You'll also have the chance to learn more about Adelaide from the perspective of two StudyAdelaide Student Ambassadors, who are current UniSA students.


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Comfortable climate

Adelaide has a Mediterranean climate, which means students will enjoy four distinct seasons. The local people from Adelaide go out of their way to make sure there is a warm welcome waiting for international students when they first arrive here. Quite simply, it’s a very pleasant place to live, work and study.


December - February
25°C - 35°C
Hot & dry


March - May
20°C - 25°C
Mainly dry


June - August
10°C - 15°C
Cool & wet


September - November
20°C - 25°C
Little rain

Fast facts


Adelaide population: 1.3 million


Capital city: Adelaide


Language: English


Currency: AUD$

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Adelaide offers all the advantages of big city life but is still small enough to get around easily. It takes just 15 minutes to get from the airport to the city and 20 minutes from the city to the beach or hills. Students also benefit from discounted rates on public transport.
It’s no surprise Adelaide is ranked as the world’s 10th most liveable city.*

*2019 Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Livability Index

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Almost one in four people in South Australia were born overseas with ancestry tracing back to more than 120 countries. Australia also has a democratic system of government and is accepting of different religious beliefs.

Discover new cultures or stay connected to your home country and community, through groups, associations and clubs.

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Adelaide has one of the highest standards of living in the world, yet is one of the least expensive places to live. This means more money to spend on food, accommodation, supplied, travel and entertainment.



The school year in South Australia runs from the end of January until the middle of December and is broken into four terms. There are two weeks of holidays at the end of terms one, two and three. A long summer holiday at the end of the school year includes a break at Christmas.

Most primary schools will either be from kindergarten (4 years old) to year six or seven, while high schools are from year seven to twelve. It’s worth noting that schools are zoned and usually only take enrolments from students that live in the surrounding suburbs.

If you’re a Higher Degree by Research student with children, you could qualify for a fee waiver from the South Australian Government. Find out more about this here.