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After You Arrive

You have now arrived in Adelaide. So, what next?

Arriving in a new country and starting a University program can be a challenging experience. There are lots of things to organise, and if you don't know where to start, it can all be overwhelming. Following through these steps will help your transition to your new life.

  • Orientation

    Before each study period, the University hosts an Orientation schedule to help new students adapt to their studies.

    • For general information about Orientation, you can check the University's Orientation website.
    • O'Week (Orientation Week) takes place in the week immediately preceding each Semester, and is full of activities and information sessions for new students. You can see the schedule for the upcoming O'Week on the Orientation website.
    • International Student Orientation takes place several days before the general O'Week. Your first stop upon arriving at the University should be the International Student Welcome Centrin Hub Central. For the dates of International Student Orientation, see the Orientation website.
  • Settling in to Adelaide

    There are a few things that you will need to arrange after you arrive in Adelaide. It's a good idea to organise these as soon as possible, so that once Uni begins you are ready to concentrate on your studies.


    The University's Accommodation Service is the first place to visit for assistance finding accommodation.

    Food & Shopping

    There are several supermarkets located in the Adelaide CBD that sell everyday food items and ingredients. Some of these supermarkets include:

    Adelaide is also home to several food markets. The biggest is the Adelaide Central Market, where you can buy fresh food and ingredients from around the world.

    If you are looking for restaurants, the following streets are a good place to start in Adelaide:

    There are also various food courts around the city that serve cheap food during the day:


    You will likely need to set up an Australian bank account. Though the University does not recommend any one particular bank, there are three ATMs on the North Terrace campus:

    Other banks located near the University are:

    To open a bank account, you will need to complete the Australian Government's 100-point identity check. To do this you will need to provide identification, such as your passport, student card and/or driver's license, credit card, telephone or electricity bill. Opening a student account will likely require you to show your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) document to the bank.

    Tax Identification Number (TIN)

    Australia is one of many countries that requires foreign nationals to provide their Tax Identification number (TIN) when opening Bank accounts. Most banks will allow students to deposit money, however they will not be able to transact on the account until they provide their TIN.

    Read more about Tax Idenitifcation Numbers.

    Communications and Mobile Phones

    If you are looking to set up a mobile (cellular) phone, a good place to start is in Rundle Mall - a shopping mall two minutes' walk from the University's North Terrace campus. The University does not recommend any mobile phone provider over any other.

    Mobile phone providers include:

  • Getting Around

    There are trains, buses, and trams, as well as several free transport systems in the CBD. Public transport in Adelaide generally stops service at midnight, and resumes at around 5.00am the following morning.

    Adelaide Metro is the city's public transport system. For information about timetables, ticket pricing, and routes, visit their website.

    Trams The tram service runs from Adelaide's north-west to Glenelg in the south-west. The tram is free to ride between the South Terrace and Entertainment Centre stops
    Trains The train service connects Adelaide with its outer suburbs. There are several different train lines departing from the Adelaide CBD
    Buses Various bus services run throughout Adelaide and the surrounding suburbs
    Free City Loop Bus A free city connector loop bus that runs throughout the Adelaide CBD
    Adelaide Metro Ticket Information As a tertiary student, you will need to purchase the Concession ticket on all public transport. The 'Student' ticket is only for primary and high school students. If you travel on a Concession ticket, you will need to make sure you always carry a valid Student ID card with you on public transport
    Adelaide Free Bikes There are free bicycles available for day rental in Adelaide. Remember that in South Australia helmets must always be worn when on a bike, and that you are allowed to cycle on footpaths
  • Personal Safety

    Adelaide is generally a safe city to live in, but there are some precautions you should keep in mind.

    Emergency numbers:

    • Police, fire, ambulance emergency: 000
    • Police (non-emergency): 131 444

    The University Security Services provides comprehensive information on staying safe on campus.

    • Campus Security can be called on 8313 5990.
    • For information about staying safe on campus, read about the University's Safe Steps campaign.

    Safer Campus Community

    You can help the university ensure your campus is safe by playing a role in looking out for your own safety, and the safety of others. The University provides a range of services and responses to assist in student safety, but we rely on the whole campus community to work together to support safety on campus.

    Read more about the Safer Campus Community initiative on the website.

  • Any Other Questions?

    After looking through the above information, you should now be more familiar with Adelaide and the University. If you do have any other questions, you can:

    • Check the University's Knowledge Base to see if your question has already been answered.
    • Contact the University's general student services area, Ask Adelaide.

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