Adelaide has quality student housing options to suit any budget. Learn more about Adelaide’s student accommodation options below.

Adelaide Student Housing Website

Adelaide Student Housing is StudyAdelaide’s student accommodation portal for over 18-year-olds.
The site has been designed to make it quick and easy for you to find, compare
and apply directly to your preferred student housing provider in Adelaide, South Australia.


University Managed

Owned and managed by the Universities themselves, and only open to students that attend those individual Universities. Fully furnished rooms and inclusive of rent and utilities with a simple application process. Usually located on or very close to main University campuses.

Residential Colleges

Residential colleges have a focus on community with pastoral and academic support of students. Choose from private study rooms with shared facilities to shared apartments with a lounge, kitchen and bathroom. Residential colleges include all meals, furniture and wireless internet.

Managed Housing

Living in managed housing is like renting your own place but in a property that has been specifically designed for students. Managed student housing generally come fully furnished to save having to purchase items like in a private rental property. They often require you to sign a rental agreement, but come with the support of having a dedicated student accommodation company managing them giving you piece of mind.

Purpose-Built Student Accommodation

Think hotel for students. Accommodation that has been purpose-built specifically for students. Located close to campuses with great facilities. Meals are not included, but properties and rooms have kitchens, common areas, student facilities and more.

Student Hostel

Located in the suburbs around Adelaide, student hostels are like share houses specifically for students. You make your own meals, do your own washing, pay your own bills.


Private Rental

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.

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

(Source: Living costs in Australia – Study In Australia)


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.

Search for student housing

In partnership with the Government of South Australia, StudyAdelaide has created an Adelaide Student Housing website. Students over the age of 18, can easily search, compare and apply directly to their preferred student housing provider in Adelaide.

Considering a Student Accommodation Association (SAA) member student housing provider is highly recommended as a guarantee of safe, clean and supervised lodgings.

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