Your Local Community

Connecting to others in your local community is a great way to explore Australia and Australian culture.

There are many different cultural groups and religious centres that can make you feel welcome.

Local council

All Adelaide metropolitan council websites are listed on the Local Government Association.

The SA Council provides information about your local council, including website links and an outline of the services available in your community.

Community English support

Your local council may offer English conversation groups or lessons at your local community centre. You can search for English groups on your local council website.

If you are living in Adelaide, you may consider joining:


Volunteering is an excellent way to get involved in your local community and meet new people. For more information visit the International Student Support office or visit the following websites:

For comprehensive information about what is considered 'volunteer' work for the purpose of your student visa, see the Department of Home Affairs website.

If you are interested in learning or teaching another language, there are 48 languages taught by the Ethnic Schools Association of SA.

There are many different community groups in South Australia through which you can connect to your home culture. See the SAcommunity website for a list of all community groups.

There are also various national clubs at the University - see the Adelaide University Union site for more information.

Your home country Consulate

Registering with your home country's Consulate in Australia is a good way to keep up-to-date with announcements and support from your home country.

Religious organisations

The University’s Religious and Chaplains Service is open to all members of the community, irrespective of personal belief, philosophy, life view or faith. Chaplains welcome the opportunity for discussion of the broader questions of life, spirituality or faith, as well as being available for pastoral care and counsel in particular personal situations. If you’d like to get in touch with a Chaplain, please email them at