Welcome International Students to the City of Adelaide

Welcome to The City of Adelaide.

A new environment and culture can be both exciting and challenging.

To help you find your way, we have provided some tips on free resources and insights to making Adelaide your home.

We wish you a wonderful and successful time in Adelaide.

Get connected

Making friends and being part of community is important for your wellbeing. Here are some ideas on who to connect with: 

  • Connect with the student support team at your place of study to find out what supports, events, clubs and resources are available. 
  • StudyAdelaide support all international students with social event and activities, workshops, a website packed full of information and more. Be sure to keep in touch with them! 
  • Insider Guides write articles on topics relevant to international students. It is a valuable tool to keep informed. 
  • Saturday Club is a free, relaxed space to meet people, you can join in the crafts, music or cooking or chat. Every Saturday at Scots Church, 237 North Terrace, open to all (and no) faiths.  
  • Better Together is a free, fortnightly event for international students to meet each other and locals over a shared meal, games and learn about culture. Hosted by Baptist Care SA and Uniting Communities. Phone Sarah 0455 660 565.
  • Communication Language and Culture Network (CLCN) is run by passionate volunteers who understand what it is like to be an international student in Australia. They offer soft skills training and internal placements to help students thrive in the Australian workforce.
  • Free activities funded by City of Adelaide grants: 
    • City Football Program by OneCulture, Wednesdays, 4:30pm – 6:00pm, at Adelaide High School
    • CitySpace by Headspace Adelaide run free social events in the city that include information on looking after your wellbeing. Events are promoted via Facebook.
    • Regenerate by Trees for Life offer bushcare experiences and guided walks in the nature of the Adelaide Park Lands.

Improve your English skills

If you want to improve your conversational or academic English, there are range of groups and courses available.

Beware of scams targeting international students

There has been an increase in criminals scamming international students for money. Be alert for:

  • Calls or messages asking for large amounts of money.
  • Threats of repercussions for your visa or family if you don’t comply with demands.
  • Claims of tuition discounts.

What to do if you receive a suspected scam call:

  • Hang-up and block the number and talk to your educational provider, family, and your country’s Consulate in Australia – you won’t get into trouble.


Look after your wellbeing

The City of Adelaide encourages you to use the ‘5 Ways to Wellbeing’ as a guide to discover ways to look after your wellbeing. 

Are you being active, learning, taking notice, connecting and giving?

Adelaide events and festivals

Adelaide has a calendar full of incredible events all year round. Explore some of our biggest events here: Experience Adelaide | Major Events & Festivals.

1 July 2024 - 31 July 2024

Illuminate Adelaide

Various venues

3 May 2024 - 12 May 2024

Tasting Australia | Town Square

Tasting Australia - Town Square

23 Apr 2024

LIV Golf Adelaide Meet & Greet

Rundle Mall

Rental and work rights

Food and emergency support

If you are having trouble covering all your bills and buying food there are supports available.

  • Adelaide City Care’s Food Relief Outreach Program is for international students and migrants in need. Food is available fortnightly (Friday) from 2pm to 4pm on Sturt Street. Contact them to let them know you are coming.
  • The Food Hub, 216 Wright St has low-cost groceries and free bread, fruit and vegetables with any purchase. Show your student card for shopping access.
  • Oz Harvest and Foodbank SA are food relief charities. Use their website to search for outlets near you, eligibility can vary at locations.
  • Australian Red Cross offers emergency relief support for temporary visa holders to help meet their basic needs.
  • StudyAdelaide also offer information on financial assistance.

Insider Guide article How to Save Money on Food and Groceries in Australia

Explore free community facilities

Emergency contacts

See our emergency contacts page for contacts in a range of emergency situations.