Living in Adelaide

Living in Adelaide: A Comprehensive Guide for AIAT Students

Welcome to Australia, and more specifically, Adelaide – a vibrant city known for its world-class education, stunning landscapes, and unique cultural experiences. As a student at the Australia Institute of Advanced Technologies (AIAT), you are about to embark on an exciting academic journey in one of the country’s most charming locations. This guide aims to ensure your transition is smooth, enlightening, and enjoyable.

1. Arriving in Adelaide:

  • Airport Facilities: Adelaide Airport is one of Australia’s modern and efficient airports, providing services like currency exchange, SIM card providers, and eateries. Upon your arrival, you’ll find easy transportation options to the city center, including taxis, rideshare services, and public buses.
  • Transportation: The Adelaide Metro system offers buses, trams, and trains connecting the city’s key locations. AIAT students often use the MetroCard for discounted fares. Familiarize yourself with the routes connecting your accommodation and the AIAT campus.

2. Accommodation:

  • On-Campus: While AIAT doesn’t currently offer on-campus housing, we have partnerships with local providers to give students preferred rates.
  • Off-Campus: Adelaide boasts a variety of housing options, including shared houses, apartments, and homestays. Websites like Flatmates.com.au and Gumtree are popular platforms to find accommodations.

3. Climate and Clothing:

  • Adelaide’s Climate: Characterized by warm, dry summers and cool, wet winters. It’s essential to pack a mix of light clothing for summers and layers for winters. Don’t forget a raincoat or umbrella!

4. Health and Safety:

  • Medical Facilities: Australia has an excellent healthcare system. International students are recommended to have the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) to access medical services.
  • Safety: Adelaide is one of the safest Australian cities, but always stay cautious. Familiarize yourself with emergency numbers and AIAT’s security services.

5. Banking and Finances:

  • Opening an Account: Most major banks in Australia, like ANZ, Westpac, and Commonwealth, have branches in Adelaide. You’ll need your passport and a confirmation of enrollment from AIAT to open an account.

6. Culture and Recreation:

  • Dining: Adelaide offers diverse culinary experiences, from beachfront cafes in Glenelg to authentic multicultural cuisines on Gouger Street.
  • Recreation: Explore the Adelaide Botanic Garden, visit the Art Gallery of South Australia, or take a tram to Glenelg Beach.
  • Shopping: Rundle Mall, Adelaide’s premier shopping destination, boasts over 700 retailers.

7. Staying Connected:

  • SIM Cards: Major providers like Telstra, Optus, and Vodafone offer prepaid and postpaid SIM cards. Plans with international calling options are available for students wishing to stay in touch with their home countries.
  • Internet: While AIAT offers free Wi-Fi on campus, most accommodations and many cafes around Adelaide also provide internet access.

8. Local Etiquette and Customs:

  • Australians, often called “Aussies”, are known for their friendly and laid-back nature. However, they value punctuality, so always strive to be on time.
  • Familiarize yourself with local slang and terminologies. For instance, “How are you going?” is a common way of asking how someone is doing.

9. AIAT Community and Support:

  • AIAT is committed to making your experience enriching. Join student clubs, participate in workshops, and attend events to make the most of your time here.
  • For any concerns, from academics to settling in Adelaide, our dedicated student services team is here to help.