Living in Adelaide

Adelaide is an exciting and lively place to visit, live, or work. Ranked as one of the most liveable cities in the world, the city offers an amazing quality of life, with affordable housing and good economic opportunities.

In the Economist Intelligence Unit’s annual World Wide Cost of Living Survey, Adelaide regularly achieves an excellent ranking as one of the most affordable cities in Australia. Statistics show that Adelaide is 19% cheaper to live in compared to Melbourne and Sydney and 7% cheaper to live in compared to Perth and Brisbane.

Cost of Living

For international students, it is important to plan and prepare a budget before you arrive in Adelaide. Your tuition fees do not include living costs such as accommodation, food and other expenses. For the most up to date info on costs please visit StudyAdelaide.


  • Hostels and Guesthouses - $90 to $150 per week
  • Shared Rental - $85 to $215 per week
  • Homestay - $235 to $325 per week
  • Rental - $165 to $440 per week

Food and Entertainment

Enjoy art, music, films, or live theatre? There’s WOMADelaide World Music Festival, the Fringe Festival, the Adelaide Festival of Arts, SALA (South Australian Living Artists) Festival, the Adelaide Film Festival, and more.

Perhaps you enjoy strolling along a white sandy beach, or just sitting in a cafe watching the ocean? Then take the tram to Glenelg, or visit one of Adelaide’s other fine beaches.

And if you enjoy great food and wine, then you’ll love it here. Adelaide offers some of the freshest and highest quality food in the world, and you’ll find more than 700 restaurants, cafés, and pubs providing food for every taste and in every price range. Visit one of Adelaide’s many restaurant strips like Gouger Street, or the alfresco style Rundle Street, or take the tram to Jetty Road Glenelg. Feel like cooking at home? A short, two-minute walk from the Carnegie Mellon campus takes you to the Adelaide Central Markets, where you'll find the freshest local, interstate and international produce.

Other living expenses

  • Groceries and eating out - $80 to $280 per week
  • Gas, electricity - $35 to $140 per week
  • Phone and Internet - $20 to $55 per week
  • Public transport - $15 to $55 per week
  • Car (after purchase) - $150 to $260 per week
  • Entertainment - $80 to $150 per week

Adelaide Fast Facts

  • 5th most liveable city in the World (2016 Economist Intelligent Unit)
  • Lonely Planet's Best of Travel in 2017 - South Australia (#5)
  • New York Times 52 places to go in 2015 (#24)
  • Lonely Planet’s 2014 Top Cities of the World (#9)
  • LA Times article about Adelaide highlighting some of the amazing regions around Adelaide.

Study Adelaide

Study Adelaide is a great resource for students with general information about Adelaide as well as information about studying, living and working in Adelaide.

Living in Adelaide