About Adelaide

Where is Adelaide?

Adelaide is the capital city of South Australia, Australia, with a population of approximately 1.2 million people. The city and its surrounding suburbs are located between beaches and hills.

Adelaide is famous for its cultural arts festivals and the Barossa Wine Festival which are held in alternating years. The city is surrounded by parklands and it is widely recognized as a particularly pleasant place to live and study.

What Adelaide can offer you

  • Safe, easy, comfortable living
  • Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers (December-February) and cool to cold winters (June-August) – warm clothes needed for winter
  • Fewer foreign students, so there are greater opportunities to use your English skills
  • High quality living at a lower cost than other Australian cities
  • Easy, convenient access to academic, cultural and sporting facilities
  • Clean beaches, countryside and gateway to the Outback

The City

Adelaide is compact enough to make it an ideal city to explore on foot. Adelaide’s East End is famous for its concentration of vibrant cafes, pubs and wine bars as well as a unique range of shops and cinemas. Close by, Rundle Mall has Australia’s greatest concentration of department stores, boutiques and specialty shops. It also has an excellent selection of food courts and 15 shopping arcades to explore. The West End of the city has an exciting nightlife and is fast becoming the arts quarter of Adelaide; the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra has recently moved to the West End, and you can sometimes listen to a rehearsal or an afternoon concert.

The Beaches

Only twenty minutes from Adelaide is the cosmopolitan Glenelg beach. As well as smooth, sandy beaches, Glenelg offers you the chance to explore the new Holdfast Shores marina or enjoy the busy nightlife.


Adelaide plays host to an enormous variety of sporting and cultural events. They include national and international tennis, golf, equestrian and motor sports competitions as well as the internationally-famous Adelaide Festival of Arts, Womadelaide (a world music festival), The Tour Down Under and food wine and music festivals celebrating South Australia’s produce and multicultural society.

Living Expenses

Adelaide is a less expensive city to live in than most other Australian cities.

Item                                                            Cost (AUD)*

Food / Groceries                                       $100 – $120

Accommodation                                       $100 – $300

Gas & Electricity                                        $20 – $30

Concession and Tertiary 14-Day Pass       $29.50

*Prices mentioned above are approximate amounts.

Outside Adelaide

Kangaroo Island is a short ferry or plane ride south of Adelaide. It is unspoiled wilderness. You can see native Australian animals in their natural habitat and visit Remarkable Rocks, Seal Bay, Flinders Chase and other interesting places. The Barossa Valley is a popular place for a day trip. Not only can you visit wineries, but also sample some of the world class wines.


ECA helps you to book trips to places such as Kangaroo Island, and the Barossa Valley.