Preparing for College

Living in another country can be a difficult transition at first, and the University of Adelaide College will provide the necessary support to all students to help them adapt. Please take a look at our arrival guide so you are prepared for your life in Australia and can be confident in knowing what to expect.

What’s in the guide:

  • Tips for preparing for your arrival in Adelaide
  • Local information
  • How to adjust to a new culture
  • Accommodation
  • Laws and customs
  • Health and safety information
  • Useful Contacts

To be best prepared before you leave, please take the time to read through our departure guide.

Health Insurance

Student Visa holders

The Australian government requires all students on Student Visas to join the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)

Scheme, a health insurance plan for overseas students in Australia.
This insurance covers:

  • Visits to a doctor (approximately 85% of the scheduled fee)
  • The total cost of hospital treatment provided that the treatment is in a public hospital and is provided by a hospital doctor
  • Emergency ambulance transport

This insurance does not cover:

  • Dental costs
  • Physiotherapy
  • Optical glasses, contact lenses
  • Medical expenses for any pre-existing medical condition before you came to Australia, during the first 18 months of membership
  • Treatment covered by provisions for compensation and damages or accidents

Please note that you are covered from your very first day of study. Prior cover can be otherwise arranged should you plan on coming to Australia a few weeks before your course starts.

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Cost of Living

In Adelaide, the cost of living is one of the lowest in Australia, enabling you to do more with less. Knowing the average living costs in Australia is an important part of your financial preparation. The following tables are a guide to show what students can expect to pay while living in Australia. All prices are in Australian dollars

Basic Weekly Expenses

ItemCost
Rent$100 - 250
Food (eating at home)$80 - $100
Bills (gas, electricity, etc)$20 - $30
Transport (student rates)$15 - $20
Other (entertainment, clothes, etc)$35+
Telephone/postage$20 - $30
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Grocery Costs

ItemCost
Loaf of bread$2.50 - $3.00
Two litres of milk$2.50 - $2.90
Newspaper$1.50 - $3.00
Box of breakfast cereal$3.00 - $4.00
Jar of instant coffee$3.00 - $4.00
Bottle of soft drink$1.50 - $3.00
Bottle of shampoo$2.50 - $4.50
Bar of soap$1.50 - $2.50
An apple50c - 80c
A banana60c - 90c
Beef (500 grams)$7.00 - $8.00
Chicken (600 grams)$7.00 - $8.00
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