Adelaide’s shopping scene is home to both international brands and high quality Australian stores. The main shopping precinct of Rundle Mall is filled with shops to suit any style and budget, while the CBD has a huge variety of food options from around the globe; adding to its reputation as a multicultural hub.
Shopping hours in Adelaide are generally 9am to 5pm Monday to Saturday and 11am to 5pm on Sunday. There is late night shopping on Thursdays until 9pm in the suburbs. City stores trade until 9pm on Friday and 7pm on weeknights.
Adelaide Central Market is Adelaide’s most visited tourist attraction. It has more than 80 stalls, cafés and restaurants, a huge variety of fresh and multi-cultural products under the one roof.
These markets run each Sunday from 9am to 1pm and provide an opportunity for consumers to meet and connect with the growers and producers of South Australian food. With more than 5000 visitors each week, fresh local and seasonal food is available here from around 80 stallholders.
A small community market open every weekend in the heart of the Adelaide, Flinders Street Market has been going since 1999. A bohemian place to find an unusual gift or have a meal with friends, these markets are made up of an eclectic mix of stalls – from local arts, crafts, food, farm-grown produce, vintage wares to all sorts of clothing.
Every week more than 400,000 customers head to Rundle Mall’s 700 retailers for a dose of retail therapy. Pop-up food stalls offer goodies to tantalise your tastebuds and public art in Adelaide doesn’t get more iconic than the Mall’s Balls. There’s always something going on at the Gawler Place intersection, where you can join workshops and watch media events, comedians and school holiday performances.
Westfield Marion is the largest shopping complex in Adelaide. Located in Oaklands Park and close to Flinders University, it contains 340 stores including David Jones, Myer, Harris Scarfe, Target, Kmart, BIG W, Woolworths, Coles, Event Cinemas and Rebel Sport. The Event Cinema complex on the third level of Westfield Marion is the Southern Hemisphere’s largest cinema complex, featuring 26 screens.
Westfield Tea Tree Plaza is a large shopping centre located in Modbury serving as a shopping hub for Adelaide’s growing north eastern suburbs. It is linked to the city by Adelaide’s O-Bahn, which terminates at the Tea Tree Plaza Interchange. With 245 stores, Tea Tree Plaza is the second largest shopping centre in Adelaide.
Adelaide is home to many halal food outlets. From butchers to bakers and even restaurants, you can find out more about what options are available at Halal Square.
For more shopping locations, take a look at the Adelaide Bound website.
Adelaide has a strong sense of community and welcomes visitors from around the world; making it a place of opportunity where students can get involved in a diverse range of activities and events.
A home away from home
South Australia’s population is a melting pot of different cultures, with figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics revealing that around 350,000 South Australians were born overseas, and 220,000 speaking a language other than English at home.
This – plus the large numbers of places of worship, associations, clubs and community groups across the state – make it a home away from home for people of many nationalities, languages and cultures. With the oldest Mosque in Australia, churches, gurudwaras and temples in and around the city, Adelaide welcomes visitors from many different faiths. These options will keep you connected to your home country and help you form connections to fellow visitors and students. Find out more about different places of worship in Adelaide on the SA Tourism Commission website.
Community on campus
The University of Adelaide, Flinders University, and University of South Australia have student clubs that cater to international students of different faiths and nationalities. In addition to these clubs, the Adelaide City Council Community Centres are situated in residential locations around the city, are friendly and have accessible places that foster relationships between different members of the community. A Chinese welfare group, multicultural cooking classes, KPop fan meetups and English conversation lessons are just a few of the activities that may appeal to international students. Students will also feel welcomed at the many multicultural events held in South Australia each year. OzAsia, the Moon Lantern Festival, Tasting Australia, Womad and the acclaimed international Festival of Arts are just some of the events Adelaide is well known for. Find out more about these and more events in the Festival and Events section of our website.
Students receive a warm welcome at Adelaide Airport during key enrolment periods throughout the year and are given a StudyAdelaide welcome pack which includes a guide to the city and details of a year-long program of social and career focused events. These range from sporting matches and arts events, to employment seminars and regional tours. Find out more about our student engagement program in the student events section of our website, and sign up to our student newsletter which has details of events including the Airport Welcome Desk.