The University of Adelaide offers a wide range of support services for international students. Staff at the English Language Centre are happy to assist with any questions, from accommodation to study concerns, with on-going support from teachers and administrative staff.
For important information on what you need to know before you leave home, please visit the Getting to Adelaide page.
There are a variety of accommodation options available to international students in Adelaide.
For accommodation options, including temporary or private sector accommodation, visit the University's Accommodation Service website.
The English Language Centre also runs a very successful Homestay Program where international students stay with an Australian family. It is a great way to settle into a new city, learn about the culture and practise English in real-life situations.
If you stay in the ELC's Homestay Program your host family will meet you at the airport when you arrive.
If you have arranged alternative accommodation, the University offers an airport pick up service. A university representative will meet you and transport you and your immediate dependants (partners and children) / or your parents to your accommodation or to the University of Adelaide.
If you are a GEAP student who is not using our ELC Homestay Program there is a fee for the airport pick-up service which will be charged by the Accommodation Service at the time of registering for this service.
If you require airport pick-up, please register through the Accommodation Service Portal and complete the Arrival Service Request at least 72 hours prior to your arrival. Please note that you need to have your flight details to register for the pick-up service and there is no refund available for cancellations once the service has been booked. Once this information is received through the Accommodation Service Portal; they will send you confirmation of your airport pick-up. Please note that if you provide your arrival details less than 72 hours before your scheduled arrival, airport pick-up cannot be guaranteed.
Other Transport Alternatives
If travelling via Adelaide Airport, you may choose to use the Adelaide Airport Flyer to and from the CBD and surrounding suburbs. The cost is approximately $35 one way and bookings are appreciated at least 48 hours prior to travel. For details, please visit the Adelaide Airport Flyer website.
Of course, you can also hire a taxi and the approximate cost of a one way fare to Adelaide City is approximately $20-$25. Use the Taxi Fare Calculator for more estimated rates.
On your first day at the centre a comprehensive orientation session will help you settle into life and study as quickly as possible. Orientation sessions will cover a wide range of topics from accommodation to culture differences to time management. Students are also given a guided tour of the University of Adelaide campus and the city of Adelaide.
ELC students will benefit from having access to a wide range of facilities whilst with us.
For students studying for 5 weeks or more, a University of Adelaide student card will give you access to our modern Hub Central complex, a space designed for students with 24 weekday access to computers, meeting rooms, cafes and restaurants and an excellent opportunity to interact with other University students.
English Language Centre students can access the University of Adelaide’s Barr Smith Library, an outstanding teaching and research library, housing more than two million volumes.
Students have access to the ELC computer suite, as well as facilities across the University. You will have your own email account, access to the internet and the university’s online resources. All classrooms in the ELC are fitted with a variety of multi-media, ensuring a relevant and modern learning environment.
All students have access to a vibrant social life – the campus offers a variety of recreational and sporting associations and a university gym, while there are also a number of busy cafes serving international food.
As a member of the University community, you will also have access to a medical centre, bank, post office, travel agent and various student services such as employment assistance and counselling.
ELC Social Club
The ELC Social Club offers students a variety of affordable, fun events and activities. Recent excursions have included trips to the harbour for dolphin spotting tours, tours of the historic Adelaide Hills, soccer games, quiz nights and ten pin bowling competitions. These activities are a great way to meet other students and see more of Adelaide and South Australia.
Other Support Services
International students can make use of the following services:
- International Student Support
- Health Services
- Academic Support
- Counselling Service
- Disability Service
- Employment Service
- Careers Service