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Adelaide is a reasonably priced city with good quality accommodation and affordable day to day living, although this does depend upon the chosen lifestyle. However, The Department of immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) suggests that students will need a minimum of $AUD18,000 per year (not including tuition) to cover living expenses. Below is a basic guide on the cost of common expenses which are not necessarily included within the above figure.
Approximately $80 - $250 per week for a room in share house close to the city centre. The College does not currently offer homestay or related accommodation services but can assist students with different forms of accommodation once they arrive.
For more information, visit the accommodation page.
Students can find many different types of food in Adelaide including a range of Asian, European and International cuisines. Meals in most average restaurants can cost approximately AUD$10.00 However this may vary depending on the season, suburb and type of eatery.
Fast foods such as McDonald's, KFC, Pizza Hut, Nando's, Subway, Hungry Jack's etc are also available and generally range from around AUD$6.00 – AUD$12.00 per meal.
Supermarkets and convenience stores are plentiful in the city centre and surrounding suburbs which stock fresh produce such as meat, vegetables and fruit.
Students can obtain a range of mobile phone offers in Australia including pre-paid and post paid services. If you own a mobile phone in your country you may wish to check with your provider to see if you can use it when you arrive to Australia.
To get up to date information on mobile phone costs and plans in Australia, check the following provider.
Access to public telephone is plentiful in the CBD. Local calls cost approximately 50 cents per call. Students wishing to call overseas can do so relatively cheaply by purchasing an international calling card. Call costs start at around 1 cent per minute depending on the destination and or card. Cards can be purchased at most convenience stores in the CBD.
The College offers all its students, free internet access and some WIFI facilities. There is also a range of internet cafes as well as free WIFI access in public libraries as well as some private cafes.
Adelaide is a relaxed but active city with a good range of entertainment options for students wishing to enjoy different activities in their free time. Restaurants bars and clubs make up the most popular destinations for students wishing to experience Adelaide nightlife on Friday and Saturday nights.
Adelaide also offers a great range of outdoor activities for students who like to get out and explore. Beaches, National Parks and some of the country's best wineries are all within easy access form the city centre.
Most students can gain cheaper prices simply by presenting their CIC student card upon purchase of most tickets.
Most of Australia's major banks offer free accounts for students wishing to hold an Australian bank account. Most accounts can be opened by presenting your passport and student card at any bank branch.
Below is a list of Australia's major banks.
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