Adelaide is a delightful mix of relaxed living, unique wildlife, iconic natural landscapes, and friendly, laid-back people, intermingled with festivals, history, and celebrations of art, design and culture.
Characterised by its parks and green spaces, vibrant city life, quality cafes and restaurants, and surrounded by award-winning wine regions and an eclectic mix of weekend holiday destinations a short drive from the city's centre, it's little wonder Adelaide is consistently ranked as one of the world’s most livable and affordable cities.
Nestled amid quiet, yet vital, suburbs, Adelaide sits between sandy suburban beaches and the picturesque Adelaide Hills - all within minutes of the central business district.
Adelaide offers a relaxed, easy-going lifestyle, and is rated as one of the top 10 most liveable cities in the world (Global Liveability Study 2019). It is located in a beautiful region of South Australia, which is also ranked in the top 5 of the world’s regions and is ranked in the top 10 of the world's healthiest cities (Spotahome 2018).
Your money will go much further in Adelaide, it has the lowest median capital city rent in Australia (CoreLogic 2018) and is rated as one of the top 30 student cities in the world (QS Best Student Cities 2019). Studies show it costs 21% more to live in Melbourne and 23% more to live in Sydney than Adelaide. Adelaide is around 4% cheaper than Brisbane and Perth (2016 Economist Intelligence Unit), meaning you will have more money to discover Australia during your weekends and holidays.
Safety and security is a key part of life in Adelaide. TripAdvisor rates Adelaide as generally a very safe city. On campus, students and staff enjoy the safe environment provided by our 24-hour security service.
With a multicultural population, Adelaide is a warm and welcoming place to live.
Adelaide has an extensive bus, tram and train network covering the city and suburbs, with free public transport available within the city centre.
Buses run frequently to and from Flinders University, and Adelaide is a cycling-friendly city. Everything you need to know about Adelaide’s public transport can be found at Adelaide Metro.
Adelaide has a higher ratio of cafés and restaurants to residents than any other city in Australia and has a vibrant and multicultural market culture. Adelaide is well-equipped for vegan and vegetarian students, and there are also a range of restaurants, butchers and takeaway food outlets that offer Halal or Kosher food.
From high-end brands to local retailers, Adelaide has a wide range of choices, making it easy to shop for any taste or budget. Westfield Marion, the biggest shopping mall in Adelaide, is located just 10 minutes from our Bedford Park campus.
Rundle Mall, located in the city centre, offers a shopping strip with department stores and high street brands, while the cafe-lined Rundle Street is home to many designer labels.
South Australia offers a mix of beautiful landscapes, sparkling beaches, rolling hills and a vibrant urban centre. It is often called ‘The Festival State’ because of the many arts, sporting and cultural events it holds each year.
No matter what your interests, there is always something to see and do in Adelaide:
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