Adelaide has quality student housing options to suit any budget. Learn more about Adelaide’s 24/7 managed, managed and self-managed student housing options below.
24/7 managed properties have staff onsite all the time. These properties typically provide some meals or all meals, and either private or shared bathroom facilities. These properties are normally located within easy walking distance to campus or offer convenient access to public transport making it easy to get around. Utility bills (such as gas, water, electricity and internet) and included in the cost of the rent making it easy to budget for living expenses.
Managed housing is where students live with limited supervision, and normally involves entering into a rental agreement with a property manager or real estate agent. Rooms are typically rented individually as either single or twin rooms, with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities. In addition to weekly rent, students will be required to share the costs for utilities such as gas, water, electricity and internet and will be responsible for preparing their own meals.
Self-managed is where students enter into a rental agreement with a landlord or property owner. Private rental offers maximum independence, and students will be responsible for total utility costs such as gas, water, electricity and internet, as well as meals. Options are available to rent properties that come with furnished, partly furnished, or not furnished at all.
Purpose-built student housing
Purpose-built student housing is where a facility has been built and operates for the exclusive use of students. There are several different options available, including:
- University Managed – Simple and safe housing option that is operated by a University for the exclusive use by its students.
- Residential College – Quality housing where students can receive community support during their transition to independence.
- Commercial Student Apartments – Privately owned and operated apartments located off-campus that is dedicated to students.
- Student Hostel – Offers a furnished bedroom with access to shared facilities such as bathroom, laundry, lounge.
- Private Rental – Renting a house or apartment independently or with friends directly from a landlord, property owner or real estate agent.
Homestay is when a student lives with a local Australian family in their home. It usually includes a furnished room and meals, and access to cooking and laundry facilities. Living in a homestay arrangement is great for students to improve their English language skills, and directly experience Australian culture and lifestyle.
Cost of student housing
The cost of student housing in Adelaide is relatively affordable compared to other states in Australia. The table below provides a guide to housing costs in Adelaide:
- Hostels and Guesthouses – $90 to $150 per week
- Shared Rental – $85 to $215 per week
- On campus – $90 to $280 per week
- Homestay – $235 to $325 per week
- Rental – $165 to $440 per week
- Boarding schools – $11,000 to $22,000 a year
Search for student housing
In partnership with the Government of South Australia, StudyAdelaide has created an AdelaideStudentHousing website. Students can easily search for great and affordable student housing near universities, colleges and other institutions in Adelaide.
Considering a South Australian Student Accommodation Association (SASAA) member student housing provider is highly recommended as a guarantee of safe, clean and supervised lodgings.