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Living In adelaide

Known for its Mediterranean climate and boasting a population of around 1.3 million, Adelaide is becoming an increasingly popular place to live for new arrivals to Australia. The capital of South Australia, Adelaide combines a relaxed lifestyle, enviable weather conditions and affordable house prices. Adelaide weather is generally quite pleasant, it follows the seasons and hits around 7ºC during winter and peaks close to 30ºC on average during summer.

Where to live

Adelaide is often described as being more like a big country town than a major city. Happily, this means you can often expect to pay ‘country town’ house prices rather than ‘big city’ ones. The median house price for Adelaide is under $400,000, though properties on the coast tend to cost more than those inland.

The historic beachside suburb of Glenelg is a sought-after location, while family-friendly suburbs include Aberfoyle Park, Belair and Banksia Park.


Adelaide is a well-planned city that’s easy to get around by car. In terms of public transport, metropolitan train, tram and bus services cover most of the city. These services are contracted out by the State Government and offered under the MetroTicket system.

The extensive bus network covers the majority of the city, while the tram service includes stops at Hindmarsh, the CBD and Glenelg. Four lines make up the Adelaide Metro train system: the Gawler Line, the Outer Harbor Line, the Noarlunga Line and the Belair Line.

Working life

Just like the rest of Australia, Adelaide boasts a healthy economy. With estimates stipulating that Adelaide needs about 5,000 new skilled migrants every year to thrive, there are plenty of job opportunities for the right people. Major industries in Adelaide include healthcare, manufacturing, retail, public administration, education and training, and healthcare.

Universities and educational institutions

Students looking to further their education in South Australia can choose from a number of institutions. According to the Good Universities Guide 2015, the University of South Australia is the highest ranking university in South Australia in the graduate outcome category for ‘Getting a Full Time Job.’

The University of Adelaide is the country’s third-oldest university and has been named one of the world’s top 200 universities. Bradford College is designed to offer a pathway for international students to the university, while other options include Flinders University and the University of South Australia.

Cost of living

Adelaide is generally considered to be one of Australia’s most affordable cities to live in. Goods and services, property prices and rent are all reasonable, with an average month of rent on a one-bedroom apartment outside the city centre costing around $982.25.