Leaving home to live and study in a new country can be both exciting and challenging.

To help you prepare for your move to Adelaide, we have put together a list of everything you need to know before you arrive.

Make sure you read the ‘Living in Adelaide’ section of the Student Portal also, which provides you with the practical advice you need to get off to a flying start once you are here.

Australian Border Restrictions During COVID-19

Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, travel to and within Australia may be restricted. The Australian Department of Home Affairs provides the latest information about travel restrictions, visas, and other entry requirements.

For further information and updates on international student visas and travel requirements please refer to the Department of Home Affairs.

StudyAdelaide has put together frequently asked questions (FAQs) to help you understand the information currently available. We also recommend you subscribe to our newsletter for the latest updates.

Pre-departure Checklist

The Department of Home Affairs has developed a helpful checklist outlining the steps you need to take to return to Australia.

Vaccination for International Students 

Only fully vaccinated international students will be allowed to travel to and from Australia without needing to apply for a travel exemption.

To qualify as fully vaccinated, you need to have received the recommended schedule of doses of a vaccine that Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has approved or recognised.

Vaccines currently recognised and approved in Australia can be found here.

Follow this link to understand how to provide proof of vaccination when arriving in Australia.

What Can You Bring Into Australia

When coming to Australia there are some items you are not permitted to bring into the country, and this includes certain food items. It is your responsibility to know what is packed in your luggage and to declare any what you are bringing with you.

Download the brochure below to understand what you can and can't bring into Australia.

Download brochure

 It is also available in multiple languages which can be accessed here.

Explore Adelaide 

Did you know that you can explore our beautiful city from your home country?

Watch this video and hear from our 2021 International Student Ambassadors as they reveal their favourite places in Adelaide. You might also like to join this immersive Virtual Tour of the main attractions in the City of Adelaide, or use this interactive map to discover the abundant dining and shopping options Adelaide has to offer.

Aerial view of Adelaide's central business district

Climate of Adelaide

Infographic of climate in Adelaide - summer, autumn, winter and spring

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Australian Culture

Australia is home to the world’s oldest continuous cultures as well as Australians who identify with more than 270 ancestries. The influences of our varied ancestries are reflected in our food, lifestyle and cultural practices.  

Adelaide, the capital of South Australia, is a vibrant, multicultural, multiracial city where people enjoy a relaxed way of life in a safe and unpolluted environment.

Learn more about Australian culture here

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Overseas Student Health Cover

As an international student, you are required to maintain adequate health insurance for you and your dependents for the duration of your stay in Australia. This means you need to purchase Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) and keep your policy current while you are in Australia and holding a student visa. Learn more here.   

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While you must have Overseas Student Health Cover, you can also access the following insurances in Australia:

  • Private Health Insurance
  • Travel Insurance
  • Home and Contents Insurance
  • Vehicle Insurance

Click here more information on these insurances and how to purchase them.


Adelaide offers a range of student friendly housing options including dedicated student accommodation, and fully serviced and self-managed accommodation. Learn more about your accommodation options here.

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Money Matters

Not only is Adelaide ranked the world’s third most livable city, it is also Australia’s most affordable city with a lower cost of living than any other Australian capital city.

Learn about the Australian currency, how to open a bank account and the cost of living in Adelaide here .

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Student Stories

Hear from international students about living and studying in Adelaide.

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