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Living in Adelaide

City of Adelaide with the River Torrens and footbridge

Adelaide, South Australia's capital provides an enviable lifestyle. It's easy to get around and was recently rated as the most liveable city in Australia and the fifth most liveable city in the world*.

Among the world's most appealing university towns, Adelaide is a safe, pollution-free, relaxed city of 1.1 million set between pristine beaches and scenic hills.

South Australian's enjoy a relaxed lifestyle, in a safe and clean environment.

Adelaide’s lifestyle is driven to a large degree, by a vibrant food and wine culture. The city’s diverse cultural mix ensures a wide range of restaurants and cafes with sensational food, at affordable prices. South Australia is also proud to be Australia's wine capital, with popular wine regions within one hour drive of the city.

The moderate weather is a major contributor to Adelaide's easy-going way of life. Average winter temperatures are 16 degrees Celsius, with Summer averages 28 degrees. Hot days can easily reach 40 degrees.

Living in Adelaide is affordable, with the cost of travel, eating out, and renting or buying a house considerably lower than other Australian cities.

There are many levels of accommodation available in Adelaide, depending on your needs and budget, but generally it is affordable compared with other cities. As with most cities, accommodation close to the city centre is the most expensive and generally decreases in price towards the outer suburbs.

The median house price is around $392,100.
The median rental price is $300 per week, for a three-bedroom house in Adelaide's middle suburbs.

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Adelaide is easy to get around, and has been described as a '20 minute city' with everything within easy reach. The airport is only seven kilometres from the CBD, and the Adelaide Hills and major beaches are less than 30 minutes away by car, making the city easy to get around compared with other Australian cities.

Most people in Adelaide drive cars, for which you need a drivers license. Traffic is relatively free-flowing and while 'peak hour' traffic is busy, it pales in comparison to other large cities. 'Early bird' parking in the city costs about $13 per day.

Adelaide has an efficient public transport system, including buses, trains and trams. Visit Adelaide Metro for information on transport options, timetables and tickets.

Adelaide is a great city for cyclists, with many good bicycle paths available. Commuting to university by bicycle (bike) requires a street-legal bicycle, a helmet and a good bike lock. There are lots of places to park and lock your bike on campus.

Known as the "Festival State", South Australia prides itself on art and culture, with Adelaide hosting 400 annual festivals and events. These world-leading events include:

You can find out more about major events and festivals in South Australia.

The University has four main campuses: North Terrace, Waite, Roseworthy and Thebarton. Each campus offers many services and facilities, including library, cafes, banks and more.

There are often events held on campus, from lunchtime music events or BBQs, through to free public lectures. Staff can also get involved with the various recreational activities through the Sports Association and are welcome to join the staff Club.

The four campuses each have a distinctive profile, so for detail information on the facilities at each campus, visit Campuses and Maps.

*The Economist Liveability Report