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University of Adelaide

Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
  • 100 QS World University Rankings 2014
  • 104 QS World University Rankings 2013
  • 164 THE World University Rankings 2014-2015
  • 201 THE World University Rankings 2013-2014
  • 113 The Times And Sunday Times University League Tables: UK
  • 113 QS World University Rankings 2015
  • 149 THE World University Rankings 2015-2016
  • 109 QS World University Rankings 2018
Campus setting Urban
Living cost USD 1,456 per month
Student population Medium (1,001 to 10,000)
International students 20%
Institution type Public

About University of Adelaide

Since its establishment in 1874 the University of Adelaide has been amongst Australia's leading universities. Its contribution to the wealth and wellbeing of South Australia and Australia as a whole - across all fields of endeavour - has been enormous. Studying at the University of Adelaide means being part of a rich tradition of excellence in education and research, with world-class academic staff and a vibrant student life. The university's research is at the leading edge of knowledge, with research earnings consistently the highest per capita of any university in Australia. 

The university has major strengths in wine and food, health sciences, biological sciences, physical sciences, information technology and telecommunications, environmental sciences and social sciences. The university is committed to producing graduates recognised worldwide for their creativity, knowledge and skills, as well as their culture and tolerance. University of Adelaide graduates make an impact on the world. Life Impact.

Campus information

North Terrace, Adelaide
Located in the heart of Adelaide, the main campus at North Terrace forms part of the city's cultural promenade surrounded by the state's art gallery, museum and library. The campus provides a mix of the historical and contemporary, combining old sandstone buildings with state-of-the-art teaching, learning and research facilities. North Terrace is the main location for undergraduate teaching and a vast range of research activities.

Waite campus located approximately seven kilometres from Adelaide. It is the home of the internationally renowned Waite Research Institute. The campus is the pre-eminent plant and agricultural science research site in the Southern Hemisphere. Research encompasses crop and farming systems, viticulture and oenology, food science and nutrition. The University's Urrbrae House Historic Precinct, Waite Arboretum and Waite Conservation Reserve are also located at Waite. Both Urrbrae House and the Waite Arboretum are listed on the South Australian Heritage Register and the Register of the National Estate.

Roseworthy campus is located approximately 50 kilometres north of the city. It is an internationally renowned centre for excellence in dryland agriculture and animal production and is home to South Australia's only veterinary school with teaching and research in animal and veterinary sciences. Public clinical veterinary services are also provided via veterinary health centres with leading edge facilities.

Adelaide University Research Park - Thebarton campus is a technology and research park, hosting a variety of applied research activities including the Adelaide Wind Tunnel; the only industrial-scale wind tunnel in South Australia. The University's ThincLab Business Incubator is also located at Thebarton. ThincLab supports graduates and students to commercialise their research and to develop their ideas into business enterprises.

The University operates an inter-campus shuttle bus between Roseworthy, North Terrace and Waite Campuses. The Roseworthy Campus to Gawler Train Station and Return services are timed to link with the Adelaide-Gawler trains.


The University's accommodation service is responsible for supporting students in finding an accommodation option that best suits their needs.

Accommodation is the largest variable cost - $110 is an average minimum cost of shared private accommodation outside of the city centre, whereas $230 is for University-managed or rental accommodation often within the city centre.

Please note: that there can be very large set-up costs associated with private accommodation that are not applicable to University-managed accommodation.

  • The University of Adelaide Village
  • Mattanya
  • Floor of Residence at Urbanest
  • Roseworthy Residential College


Courses available 10

Accounting & Finance 1 Applied, Pure Sciences 2 Business, Management 1 Creative Arts & Design 1 Engineering 2 Health and Medicine 2 Humanities & Social Sciences 1 Mass Communication & Media 1


Reviews 2

How is the academic life at this university/college? While the campus and people interacting with students everyday is great, the academic administration and organisation has much to improve. What are the students like? Very diverse and a great social life What do students do when not study…
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How is the academic life at this university/college? From chem major perspective, I have been fortunate to receive great support and feedback regarding my academic projects and assignment from lecturers and tutors. What are the students like? Great mix of domestic and international students. …
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