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Adelaide was ranked the 3rd most affordable student city in Australia by QS, beating Melbourne and Brisbane in terms of cost of living. Scenic Adelaide is perfect for nature-lovers, well known for its urban parks and quiet countrysides. 


There are also plenty of Asian art and cultural festivals in Adelaide. Popular festivals include Indofest for its authentic Indonesian food and OzAsia Festival which showcases thought provoking Asian short films and talks.


The University of Adelaide was ranked 8th in Australia based on QS World University Rankings 2020, followed by the University of South Australia (rank 17th).

Feeling Hungry?
Here are some affordable food options near the Adelaide city centre


Modka Cafe - Modka is a friendly family-owned cafe that serves fresh homestyle breakfasts. They serve large portions of bacon and eggs alongside their signature Chai Latte. You can also try their pancakes or fruit toast. Food at Modka costs between A$7 to A$13. 


Pave Cafe - Pave Cafe is a cosy cafe, popular for its locally roasted coffee. They also have healthy breakfast options like granola and smashed avocado toast for A$12 to A$16. For a satisfying breakfast, their Big Breakfast is loaded with fried tomatoes, spinach and free-range bacon for A$20. 


Asian Food:

Ying Chow - Ying Chow is a great place for those craving traditional chinese food. They have everything from claypot Bak Choy, sweet and sour pork to crispy roast duck. Dishes at Ying Chow cost between A$12$ to $A17.


Pondok Daun - Pondok Daun is an Indonesian restaurant serving comfort food familiar to many Malaysians. Dig into spicy beef rendang with rice or warm ox-tail soup. Dishes cost between A$6 to A$12 there.


Farmer’s Market: 

Adelaide Showground Farmers Market - This market is popular for homegrown produce, from jams and pastries to golden brown roast potatoes. If you’re craving something sweet drop by Chocoholics Synonymous to treat yourself to dessert.

Adelaide Central Market - The Adelaide Central Market is one of the largest markets in the city. They have a variety of gourmet food and drinks, including french cheese, fine wine from Barossa and truffle mushroom soup.

Getting Around

Buses, trains and trams are the most common way of getting around Adelaide. For A$10 you can purchase a MetroCARD to access all the public transport systems. There are also free bus services in Adelaide’s city center. 

Instagrammable Places in Adelaide
Places to take amazing photos in Adelaide

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Henley Beach
Stroll along wooden boardwalks to snap amazing views of the ocean and sandy beaches here.

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State Library of South Australia
Curl up for a good read among the millions of books at the State Library of South Australia.
Image credit: Instagram @glamadelaide

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Mount Lofty Botanic Garden

Enjoy the cool air and the forest of multicolored trees near the foot of Mount Lofty.
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Little Rundle Street
Spend the day admiring street art and settle down with a mug of coffee in this rustic little town.

Image credit: Instagram @rundlesteast

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Pennington Gardens
Spend the day admiring street art and settle down with a mug of coffee in this rustic little town.
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Go on a Road Trip
Travel further outside Adelaide’s city center for graduation trips or mini-vacations

Kangaroo Island - The Island is popular for hundreds of bouncing Kangaroos, but you can see other animals at wildlife parks including cuddly Australian sea lions and koalas there. The Island also has delightful natural Australian food and drinks like honey, seafood and wine.


Barossa Valley - Barossa is a foodie’s haven. The charming valley is home to Italian cooking including handmade creamy pastas, fresh porchettas and authentic pizza! The region also has the finest wines in Australia.


Mighty Murray Way - This is a scenic drive along one of Australia’s longest rivers; The Mighty Murray. There’s plenty of food and drink to enjoy on this trip, including strong coffees and chilled ciders at the Wilkadene Woolshed Brewery or homemade cakes at Flavours of The Riverland.

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