Adelaide is South Australia’s capital city. It’s also known as Australia’s wine capital, and is considered South Australia’s cultural hub. Its universities and colleges offer world-class education at state-of-the-art facilities. The lifestyle is perfectly suited to students who need relaxing (and sometimes stimulating) downtime just as much as they need to hit the books.
Let’s take a closer look at what Adelaide has to offer students.
Universities and Colleges
The University of Adelaide
The University of Adelaide has been going since 1874. It is a world leader in various fields of research, including engineering, biological sciences, information and computing sciences, social sciences, and health sciences. It is member of Australia’s prestigious Group of Eight, and is consistently ranked among the top 1% of universities in the world.
It has five faculties:
- The Faculty of Engineering, Computer & Mathematical Sciences, with schools that include (but aren’t limited to) the Australian School of Petroleum, Civil, Environmental & Mining Engineering, Computer Science, and Mechanical Engineering
- The Faculty of Health Sciences, with schools that include (but aren’t limited to) Dentistry, Nursing, Population Health, Psychology, and Translational Health Science
- The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, with schools that include (but aren’t limited to) the School of History & Politics, the School of Social Science, and the Elder Conservatorium of Music
- The Faculty of the Professions, with schools that include Adelaide Law School, Business School, the School of Architecture & Built Environment, the School of Economics, and the School of Education
- The Faculty of Science, with schools that include (but aren’t limited to) Agriculture, Food & Wine, Earth & Environmental Sciences, and Animal & Veterinary Sciences
It has four campuses in South Australia and an education centre in Singapore:
- North Terrace Campus (Adelaide)
- Waite Campus
- Roseworthy Campus
- Thebarton Campus
Flinders University has a good reputation nationally and internationally for the quality of its education and research programs. It has a multicultural student population, with people from over 100 different countries either attending classes on campus or enjoying the benefits of online learning.
It has four faculties, each with its own schools:
- The Faculty of Education, Humanities and Law, with schools that include (but aren’t limited to) the School of Education, the School of Humanities, and Flinders Law School
- The Faculty of Science and Engineering, with schools that include (but aren’t limited to) the School of Biological Sciences, the School of Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics, and the School of the Environment
- The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, with schools that include (but aren’t limited to) Flinders Business School, the School of International Studies, and the School of Psychology
- The Faculty of Health Sciences, with schools that include the School of Nursing and Midwifery and the School of Medicine
It has one campus: Bedford Park Campus. The campus offers a full range of facilities, including accommodation, child and parenting facilities, health facilities, sports facilities, and shops and dining facilities.
The University of South Australia
The University of South Australia (UniSA) ranks among the top 3% of universities in the world. It offers more than 400 degree programs, which it makes easily accessible through various adult entry and alternative study pathways. It has state-of-the-art facilities which include a brand new Materials and Minerals Science Building.
It has four areas of study (faculties), each with its own schools and research institutes and centres:
- Health Sciences, which schools in health sciences, pharmacy and medical sciences, and nursing and midwifery
- Business, with schools in commerce, law, management, marketing, and international business
- Education, Arts and Social Sciences, with schools that include (but aren’t limited to) art, architecture and design, education, and psychology, social work and social policy
- IT, Engineering and the Environment, with schools in engineering, IT and mathematics, and natural and built environments
UniSA College offers diplomas and foundation studies to provide students with a pathway to an undergraduate degree.
It has four campuses in Adelaide and two regional campuses in South Australia:
- Adelaide City East Campus
- Adelaide City West Campus
- Magill Campus
- Mawson Lakes Campus
- Whyalla Campus
- Mount Gambier Campus
Torrens University Australia
Torrens University Australia opened its doors in 2012, so it is still very young and has a lot to prove. If it follows the examples set by the other high-quality universities in Adelaide, however, it should have a long and bright future. It’s set itself on the right path by ensuring that its programs comply with the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), and by registering as a self-accrediting Australian university by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA).
The University of Ballarat
The University of Ballarat works with the International Institute of Business & Information Technology to provide students in Sydney and Adelaide with top quality undergraduate degrees such as Bachelor of Information Technology, and Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting). Postgraduate qualifications include graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, and master’s degrees. Its Adelaide campus is located in the CBD at Rundle Mall.
TAFE SA offers students world-class TAFE certificates, diplomas, and short courses. It has an excellent reputation for producing students that are highly employable and much sought after.
TAFE faculties or areas of study include:
- Agriculture and Biology
- Arts and Design
- Building and Furnishing
- Business and Marketing
- Community and Health
- Education and Languages
- Electrical and Electronics
- Engineering and Transport
- Food and Wine
- Government and Justice
- Hair and Beauty
- Hospitality and Tourism
- Information Technology
- Recreation and Fitness
It has several campuses in Adelaide and greater South Australia.
Campuses in the metropolitan area include:
- Adelaide College of the Arts
- Adelaide English Language Services
- Gilles Plains
- Mount Barker
- O’Halloran Hill
- Port Adelaide
- Tea Tree Gully
Barossa & Riverland campuses include:
- Barossa (Nuriootpa)
- Murray Bridge
Eyre & West Coast campuses include:
- Port Lincoln
Southern Regions campuses include:
- Kangaroo Island
- Mount Gambier
- Victor Harbor
Yorke & Northern Regions campuses include:
- Coober Pedy
- Port Augusta
- Port Pirie
- Roxby Downs
International College of Hotel Management – Adelaide
International College of Hotel Management (ICHM) works in partnership with the Swiss Hotel Association (SHA) and specialises in hospitality-related degrees, especially degrees with international relevance. It has a ‘One Program, Two Degrees’ policy, wherein students work towards the ICHM Bachelor of Business that includes the SHA Diploma. The end result is a SHA Bachelor degree.
It shares its campus with TAFE SA’s Regency Campus in Adelaide.
South Australian Institute of Business and Technology
South Australian Institute of Business and Technology (SAIBT) offers TAFE courses that serve as a pathway to UniSA undergraduate degrees in business, engineering, IT, and arts. It is located on UniSA’s City East Campus. Types of qualifications available include TAFE Certificate IV, TAFE Diploma, and Associate Degree.
Eynesbury TAFE courses provide students with pathways into UniSA and the University of Adelaide. It has two campuses: Coglin Street Campus and Franklin Street Campus. Study programs available include TAFE certificates, TAFE diplomas, Foundation studies, English programs, and High School programs.
Students in Adelaide have a lot of options when it comes to choosing accommodation. Many of the universities and colleges have residential colleges for students. They often also have advisory centres that help students find affordable hostels and good families for homestays. Fully-furnished and semi-furnished shared student apartments are also an option.
There are organisations that are dedicated to helping students find accommodation; organisations such as Student Living Australia and urbanest.
Living in Adelaide
Adelaide is the capital city of South Australia; it has been voted one of the top 10 most livable cities in the world, so you know that you’re in for a good time. It’s full of affordable things to see and do, which is perfect for students on a budget. It’s hot in summer and cool in winter, so if you don’t like to be bundled up in layers of clothes for half the year, then head on down.
Adelaide is one of the most affordable of Australia’s major cities. It’s possible to cut down on living expenses by choosing one of the shared accommodation options and by doing a lot of your shopping at fresh food markets.
Free and supplemented healthcare is available. International students are encouraged to get Overseas Student Health Cover to ensure that they are covered for every eventuality.
The public transport is reliable and includes buses, trams, and trains. Cycling is also a popular mode of transport, with clear cycling lanes and bike-conscious drivers.
Things to do on a budget
South Australia has been nicknamed the Festival State, and Adelaide lives up to that name, with plenty of cultural and culinary festivals held throughout the year, including the WOMAdelaide (World of Music, Arts & Dance) festival, Adelaide Fringe open-access arts festival, and Adelaide Festival, which showcases theatre productions, music, dance, literature, visual art, and more.
If you like art, then you’ll enjoy the Art Gallery of South Australia. Artworks from all over the world are displayed in a building that is a work of art itself. Wander the beautiful halls and see old and new paintings, sculptures, photographs, metalwork, ceramics, textiles, and photography. Entry is free, although you may have to pay to see certain special exhibitions.
Still on the cultural side is the Tandanya national Aboriginal Cultural Institute, which explores Australia’s indigenous cultures through all forms of art.
If you like things a little more active, then you can visit River Torrens Linear Park. The park has a trail that is idea for a leisurely cycle and a gentle stroll. It’s also popular with joggers and picnickers. You can also learn to surf and hit the city’s best beaches for a little outdoor R&R.
And then there is the National Wine Centre. Find out how wines are made, taste some of the finest wines in the region, and enjoy a good meal at the centre’s restaurant.