Leaving home to live and study in a new country can be both exciting and challenging.

To help you prepare for your move to Adelaide, we have put together a list of everything you need to know before you arrive.

Make sure you read the ‘Living in Adelaide’ section of the Student Portal also, which provides you with the practical advice you need to get off to a flying start once you are here.

Australia's Border Arrangements During COVID-19

The Australian Department of Home Affairs provides the latest information about vaccination, visas, and other entry requirements.

For further information and updates on international student visas and travel requirements please refer to the Department of Home Affairs.

StudyAdelaide has put together frequently asked questions (FAQs) to help you understand the information currently available. We also recommend you subscribe to our newsletter for the latest updates.

Pre-departure Checklist

Study Australia has developed a helpful checklist outlining the steps you need to take to make sure you’re ready for your arrival in Australia.

Vaccination for International Students 

The Department of Home Affairs has informed that from 6 July 2022, all international students and graduates who hold a valid visa may enter Australia, and they will no longer have to complete a Digital Passenger Declaration (DPD) or provide evidence on their COVID-19 vaccination status.

However, it's important you stay up to date with your COVID-19 vaccinations to ensure you have the most protection you can get.

  • International travellers who arrive into Australia are encouraged to get a COVID-19 vaccine free of charge.
  • Everyone aged 16 years and older are recommended to receive a COVID-19 vaccine booster (or third dose).
  • Adults over 30 years are encouraged to receive a winter booster (or fourth dose) of a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • To be considered up to date with COVID-19 vaccination, you must have had all the doses recommended for your age and health needs.

For more information visit SA Health website.

What Can You Bring Into Australia

When coming to Australia there are some items you are not permitted to bring into the country, and this includes certain food items. It is your responsibility to know what is packed in your luggage and to declare any what you are bringing with you.

Download the brochure below to understand what you can and can't bring into Australia.

Download brochure

 It is also available in multiple languages which can be accessed here.

Explore Adelaide 

Did you know that you can explore our beautiful city from your home country?

Watch this video and hear from our 2021 International Student Ambassadors as they reveal their favourite places in Adelaide. You might also like to join this immersive Virtual Tour of the main attractions in the City of Adelaide, or use this interactive map to discover the abundant dining and shopping options Adelaide has to offer.

Aerial view of Adelaide's central business district

Climate of Adelaide

Infographic of climate in Adelaide - summer, autumn, winter and spring

Australian Culture

Australia is home to the world’s oldest continuous cultures as well as Australians who identify with more than 270 ancestries. The influences of our varied ancestries are reflected in our food, lifestyle and cultural practices.  

Adelaide, the capital of South Australia, is a vibrant, multicultural, multiracial city where people enjoy a relaxed way of life in a safe and unpolluted environment.

Learn more about Australian culture here

Female student and male student playing cricket on the beach

Overseas Student Health Cover

As an international student, you are required to maintain adequate health insurance for you and your dependents for the duration of your stay in Australia. This means you need to purchase Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) and keep your policy current while you are in Australia and holding a student visa. Learn more here.   

Female and male student in nursing uniform looking at a chart 


While you must have Overseas Student Health Cover, you can also access the following insurances in Australia:

  • Private Health Insurance
  • Travel Insurance
  • Home and Contents Insurance
  • Vehicle Insurance

Click here more information on these insurances and how to purchase them.


Adelaide offers a range of student friendly housing options including dedicated student accommodation, and fully serviced and self-managed accommodation. Learn more about your accommodation options here.

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Money Matters

Adelaide is one of Australia’s more affordable cities, with a lower cost of living than Sydney and Melbourne.

Learn about the Australian currency, how to open a bank account, and the cost of living in Adelaide here.

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Student Stories

Hear from international students about living and studying in Adelaide.

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