Although located 40 minutes south of Adelaide city, Flinders isn’t far away from the action. The suburban hubs Marion Shopping Centre, Glenelg and Brighton provide year round entertainment, shopping and food.

There are plenty on nightclubs and pubs throughout the south with the most popular ones located in Jetty Road Glenelg as well as the New York Bar & Grill in Marion.

Adelaide has a cheap and reliable public transport system including a late night bus on Saturdays so its really cheap and easy to get around the city and suburbs. 


Westfield Marion

Westfield Marion is South Australia’s largest shopping centre and is located only 10 minutes from Flinders Uni by bus. It’s the most convenient place for retail therapy, relaxing, food and entertainment.

Marion is home to over 390 retail stores and services including men’s and women’s fashion, footwear, books, music, banks, hair & beauty and homewares. You can find all the major department stores too; Big W, David Jones, Harris Scarfe, Kmart, Myer and Target.

The Greater Union Marion Megaplex cinema houses 26 cinemas including 3 Gold Class lounges so there is always something to see. Session times and online booking is available through the Greater Union website.

Marion also has a central food court and over 20 restaurants and cafés to be enjoyed.

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Glenelg and Brighton

If you’re looking for more sunshine and a beach atmosphere, Glenelg Beach is only a short 20 min bus ride away from Flinders Uni. Jetty Road Glenelg features well over 300 shops and cafés as well as restaurants and night clubs.

There are also a large number of activities and attractions including Temptation Sailing’s dolphin cruises, the Rodney Fox shark museum, The Beachhouse amusement park, kite surfing, Glenelg Scuba and Helava-Jet-Boat adrenalin packed boat rides.

Brighton Beach is a little further south and has a more relaxed beach atmosphere. Jetty Road Brighton has a number of relaxed cafés perfect for breakfast or a weekend late lunch.

Adelaide City

Adelaide City is a 40 minute bus ride from Flinders University and is the central hub for many of the events and festivals that South Australia host each year.

The best places to go in Adelaide City are Rundle Mall, Rundle St, Gouger St, Adelaide Central Markets and Chinatown. Read SA tourism’s Adelaide Shopping pages for more ideas.

The Adelaide Central Market is a great place to go to get gourmet food and delicacies. It's open every Saturday - and the best time to turn up is early in the morning for breakfast.

If arts and culture is more your style head along to North Terrace, It's home to the South Australian Museum, Adelaide Botanic Garden, South Australian Art Gallery and the National Wine Centre. Just around the corner, wander through the fascinating National Aboriginal Cultural Institute - Tandanya.


South Australia is the ‘Festival State’ playing home to hundreds of arts, music, sports and food & wine festivals each year.

A complete guide to Adelaide Festivals can be found here. Some notable festivals include the Adelaide Fringe - the second largest arts fringe festival in the world, WOMADelaide world music festival, The Tour Down Under - the first step in the UCI Pro Tour world cycling calendar and the International Rugby Sevens.

If you enjoy live music and the arts, Fringe Benefits membership is free and is created specifically for 18 to 30 year olds in South Australia. It offers discounted tickets and special offers for arts, music and live events around Adelaide. It’s a great way to keep up to date funky events happening around the city and suburbs.