Affordable Adelaide

Adelaide is one of Australia’s most affordable cities; costing around 16% less to live compared to Sydney and 13% less than Melbourne.  This means that students on a budget can afford to enjoy more of what Australia has to offer while completing their education in Adelaide. The cost of rent ranges from $90 to $250 per week, per student depending on the type of accommodation chosen. You can find out more about different options in the live section of our website.

In addition to accommodation being cheaper, the cost of public transport is lower, with international and domestic students enjoying the same transport concessions – a half-price student ticket discount.


StudyAdelaide recommends ANZ Bank in Rundle Mall for international students seeking an Australian bank. Setting up your bank account as an international student can be done before you move to Adelaide and can be done on the ANZ website. Once you have moved to Adelaide, you are welcome to go to the ANZ Rundle Mall Branch in the centre of the city where you can speak to the friendly team about your money and banking needs. Regardless of what stage of life you are at, the bank can review your arrangements in a complimentary A-Z Review of your finances and set up accounts for you during your visit.

Located at 112 Rundle Mall, the branch is full-service, offers a complete range of financial services, including business finance, home and personal lending, insurance, superannuation, investments and foreign exchange. The Rundle Mall team can assist customers of all nationalities, with staff members collectively speaking Mandarin, Cantonese, Malay, Italian and Cambodian.

The branch is open from 9:30am to 4:00pm Monday to Thursday, 9:30am to 5:00pm Friday and 10:00am to 2:00pm Saturday.

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Bank accounts for International students

Having an Australian bank account will ensure that you have easy access to your money to pay for your accommodation, tuition fees and living expenses and will allow your employer to deposit pay into your account if you choose to work