Living in Adelaide

Adelaide City

Bounded in the East by a mountain range (the Mt Lofty Ranges), and in the West by the Southern Ocean, Adelaide enjoys what is sometimes referred to as a 'mediterranean climate' with warm, dry summers and cool, wet winters.

Summer temperatures can exceed 35 degrees Celsius. While it can get cold in winter (12-19 degrees Celsius), it does not snow in Adelaide.

A guide to temperatures in Adelaide:

 Monthly average Average daily max (Degrees Celcius) Average daily min (Degrees C)
 January - April  28.6  15.4
 May - August  17.4   8.9
 September - December   24.3  12.2

There are generally no great extremes of climate in Australia - variations in climate are due to the size of the continent. You will find tropical rainforest in the northeast of the country, more temperate areas to the south, and desert areas in the interior.

Adelaide has a comprehensive public transport system, using a variety of different vehicles: train, tram, bus, O-Bahn, taxi. 

The Passenger Transport Info Centre is located on the corner of King William and Currie Streets, Adelaide. There you can get timetable information in person, purchase tickets and seek other general advice. There is also a Passenger Transport Info Line for telephone enquiries on +61 8 8210 1000, operating daily from 7am to 8pm.

Holders of a University Senior College student card are entitled to a concession fare on public transport in Adelaide. However, you will have to pay full fare until you receive your student card, which will be issued after enrolment. You need to purchase a ticket to travel on public transport with the exception of the free buses.

Trains, planes and buses

Adelaide is served by commercial airlines and long-distance coach transport and trains. Schedules for services are widely available.

Free transport services in Adelaide:

City Connector Buses 98A, 98C, 99A & 99C

The Free City Connector buses to operate as two loops, an inner city loop and an extended North Adelaide loop. Routes 98A and 98C will link the city and North Adelaide every 30 minutes, seven days a week and routes 99A & 99C will link the main city destinations every 30 minutes on weekdays, together providing a 15 minute service at major points of the city.

City tram

The Free City tram takes you between the South Terrace tram stop and the Entertainment Centre.

Jetty Road Glenelg tram

The Free Jetty Road Glenelg tram takes you between the Brighton Road tram stop and Moseley Square.

More information, routes and timetables are avaliavle from the Adelaide Metro (external link)Website.


Also known as 'cabs'; check a local taxi company for latest hire charges. Taxi services operate all over Adelaide and are available 24 hours per day. They are all metered; fares are automatically calculated by computer and displayed on a small screen near the driver. Although taxis are convenient to use they are expensive.

Taxi company phone numbers are:
Suburban - 13 10 08
Adelaide Independent - 13 22 11
Yellow Cabs - 13 22 27
Smart Car (Chauffeur driven) - 1300 130 020

Cycling in Adelaide

Good bicycle tracks (external link) surround the city and parklands.

Not all of your time in Australia should be spent studying. The daily newspaper in Adelaide, The Advertiser, along with the weekend paper, Sunday Mail, are excellent sources of information about what events and activities are happening, what movies are showing and what concerts and plays are on.


Australians are great sport lovers, both as participants and spectators. Cricketnetball and Australian Rules Football (often called 'footy') are the most popular sports in Adelaide. Other sports such as basketballbadminton and soccer are also widely played.

Water sports are popular in Australia because of our warm climate and huge expanse of coastline. The suburban beaches around Adelaide are clean, safe and very popular with swimmers, sailors and surfers.

Movies and television

Going to the movies is a popular pastime amongst young Australians. There are several cinema complexes in the city, and a number in the suburbs as well. As a student you are entitled to a concession rate at cinemas. Adelaide also has six free-to-air television channels.

The arts

Adelaide has a renowned reputation for creative arts - drama, opera, ballet, modern dance, visual art and music. 

Some popular arts events include:
Adelaide Festival - an international arts festival held yearly
Fringe Festival - held yearly
Womadelaide - a festival of world music and dance which is held yearly

Along North Terrace and very close to University Senior College are the Art Gallery of South AustraliaMigration MuseumSouth Australian Museum and the State Library, all of which are worth a visit. Tandanya Aboriginal Centre on Grenfell Street in the city has indigenous Australian arts and crafts on display, and there are many small art and craft galleries in the city, suburbs, and in particular, the beautiful Adelaide Hills area.

The city also features the Adelaide Symphony OrchestraOperaTheatre and Dance Companies, and enjoys regular visits from major interstate and international artistic groups.

Eating out

The nearby city has an enormous selection of snack bars, food halls and cheap restaurants which offer a variety of international cuisine.

A word about the water - it is perfectly safe to drink tap water in Adelaide. We suggest, however, that you be careful with adjustment to water and food in the first few weeks after your arrival.

Holidays and travel

There will be a number of weeks during the year when you do not have classes. There are many beautiful places in South Australia to visit and you should consider taking advantage of the travel discounts available to students.

The Flinders RangesRiver Murray townsKangaroo Island and the many beaches along the South Australian Coast are popular holiday destinations.