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Top Reasons to Live and Study in South Australia

1. Study options

South Australia has a range of study options to choose from, including three State universities, vocational education colleges, and 200 government, independent, and Catholic schools offering options for international school students.

2. Affordability

South Australia is one of Australia’s most affordable locations, with a lower cost of living than other regions of Australia. Housing, food, and transport costs are all lower in Adelaide than in most other capital cities of Australia. Average
monthly rent is 43% lower in Adelaide than in Sydney, making it the second cheapest city to rent in the country, and our overall cost of living is lowest of any mainland State (February 2023).

3. Regional Migration Pathways

All of South Australia is classed as ‘regional’ for the purposes of skilled migration, which means that all skilled migrants to South Australia can apply for the 491 Regional Visa, giving you an additional five (5) points toward
your skilled migrant visa.

4. Liveability

Adelaide was ranked as Australia’s most liveable city in 2021, and as the world’s third most liveable city overall, by the Economist’s Global Liveability Index. Adelaide has a thriving economy, beautiful beaches within twenty minutes of most suburbs, and a vibrant culture, with annual cultural festivals such as the Adelaide Festival, WOMADelaide, and the OZAsia Arts Festival.

5. Highly ranked universities

South Australia has top-ranked universities and institutions. South Australia’s three State universities are ranked in the top 2% worldwide, and we also offer access to a US University campus ranked in the top 50

Adelaide University

Adelaide University is ranked one of the top 100 Universities worldwide, and is one of Australia’s oldest universities. Established in 1874, it is one of the Group of Eight (Go8) universities, and is well recognised both nationally and internationally as a
centre of research. In 2023, Adelaide University was ranked in the top 100 for 16 subject areas, including: Artificial Intelligence, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Computer Science, Physical Chemistry, Engineering, and Water Resources.

Adelaide University has four campuses and a diverse student population, with almost 10,000 international students attending annually from 100+ countries.

University of South Australia (UniSA)

UniSA is South Australia’s premier enterprise university, with campuses in both metropolitan and regional South Australia. Offering 200 degree programs in careers like education, law, health sciences, construction management, and aviation, UniSA
was ranked no. 2 in Australia for graduate employability. UniSA offers both undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs.

Flinders University

Set upon 156 acres, Flinders University is a sprawling campus of parks and hills in the Southern suburbs of Adelaide. With five campuses, including two based in the Northern Territory (a far Northern State of Australia), Flinders University offers a unique Australian study experience combined with a top level education. Flinders University leads Australian universities in postgraduate employment outcomes, and is ranked in the top 2% of universities worldwide. Flinders University offers programs in education, health sciences, disability and social services, law and justice, engineering, and medicine.

Carnegie Mellon University Australia

The Carnegie Mellon University in Adelaide, Australia is a campus of the American Carnegie Mellon University. This campus, based in the Adelaide City Centre, offers a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management, and a Master of Science in
Information Technology and Management.

6. World-wide recognition

The Australian Qualification Framework provides an easy
framework of course levels and qualifications, makes it easier for other countries to
recognise the qualification and provide comparable qualifications for local use.

7. Diversity

South Australia has a diverse mix of people from cultures around the world, with almost a third of our population born overseas. University students and staff come from a diverse range of cultural, linguistic, and religious backgrounds, which helps newly arrived students to feel welcome and adjust easily to their new environment.