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With access to a range of quality and affordable accommodation options, you'll find the perfect place to live in Adelaide.
Almost 4,000 students choose to live in and around Adelaide's city centre. With most campuses located in the city, you’ll find it easy to get to and from your classes by walking, riding your bike or catching the free inner-city tram or bus.
There are also plenty of options available if your campus is located out of the city, or if you want to live in the suburbs. With public transport covering the entire metropolitan area, you’re never more than a bus, train or tram ride away.
When preparing for new study life, students and their families can often be faced with lots of important decisions to make. And choosing the right place to live is not the decision to make light-heartedly. With a number of factors to consider when deciding which student accommodation is right for you, it’s important to know the accommodation is safe, secure and adapted for the student life.
The Student Accommodation Association (SAA) is the national body promotes the value of quality accommodation that is provided for the exclusive use of students, to enhance the Australian education experience.
Students are encouraged to consider an National Property Accreditation Scheme (NPAS) accredited student accommodation option as these properties have been assessed by SAA to meet a minimum set of industry standards.
Please visit the NPAS website for up to date information on accredited properties.
Some universities offer you the option of university-managed housing, with a variety of inclusions and facilities. These are usually located either on-campus or close to campus with fully-furnished accommodation.
University-managed accommodation typically includes some (or all) meals and utilities in the cost of your rent. They will also often have staff on-site offering assistance for students. View all University-Managed Accommodations.
Choosing the right accommodation is particularly important for your first year in South Australia. You may want to consider choosing a high-quality Student Accommodation Association (SAA) member for a purpose-built accommodation for the exclusive use of students.
There are several privately-owned student accommodations for you to choose from in Adelaide. These are located off-campus and offer a variety of facilities and accommodations styles and facilities, including fully furnished rooms. View all Purpose-Built Student Accommodation.
If this is your first time living away from home, choosing a residential college may help you with the transition to independence. Residential colleges will typically offer a private fully-furnished room, tutorial programs and study support, pastoral care and a welcoming community, and fully catered meals in dining halls and shared communal kitchens.
Residential colleges provide a welcoming, diverse and inclusive community where you will be supported to do your best. With social events and activities, it’s a place where you’ll make lifelong friends. View all Residential Colleges.
Student hostels offer you an affordable housing option where you’ll be responsible for preparing your meals and sharing the cost of utilities such as gas, water and electricity.
Most hostels include a furnished bedroom (either private or shared) with access to communal facilities such as bathroom, laundry, kitchen and lounges. View all Student Hostels.
If you’d prefer to have more independence, you can rent a property either on your own or with friends. If you choose to rent privately, you’ll be responsible for all utility costs and preparing all your meals.
Though you can find fully or partially furnished private rentals, usually you are responsible for providing your furniture. View all Private Rentals.
A homestay is an arrangement where you can live with a local Australian family in their home. This arrangement will usually include a furnished room and meals, and access to cooking, laundry and internet facilities.
Homestays allow you to improve your English language skills and experience Australian culture and lifestyle. This is a particularly good option for students under 18 years of age, or students coming to study at a school level. If you are a school student, check with your school for homestay or boarding options.
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