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New to Adelaide?

Welcome to the City of Adelaide. It’s a great place to live!

Whether you’re a new resident, an international student, new migrant or visitor, we hope you'll find all the information you'll need to make your stay safe, enjoyable and stress-free.

READ ALSO: Stories about living in Adelaide from its diverse community

Here are the links to the top 10 things you need to know about living in this beautiful the City:

  1. How to have Your Say & shape your City
  2. Libraries & Community Centres
  3. Recreation  & Park Lands
  4. Rubbish & Recycling Services
  5. Shopping in the City: Rundle Mall & Adelaide Central Market
  6. Events in the City
  7. Free Tram & City Connector Bus
  8. Dog Registrations
  9. Residential Parking Permits
  10. Adelaide Rewards Card
  11. City Heritage

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Being a Good Neighbour 

Communicate: Say hello. Touch base with your neighbours regularly and keep them in the loop. Keep the channels of communication open by reminding them that if you're doing anything which disturbs them, they can discuss this with you.

Consider lifestyles: Get to know your neighbours- what they do for a living and what their schedules might be like. Sometimes, you can remedy problems before they even start. For example, if they work nights, quiet mornings will be important for them. Similarly, give them information that'll help them be more considerate of your lifestyle.

Be aware of noise: If you're in an apartment, semi-detached house or where you and your neighbours share adjacent living spaces, position noisy items away from shared walls. Keep your music down and remember that someone downstairs or next door can hear you walking around on hard flooring in high heels or hard sole shoes.

Keep your area tidy: Put your rubbish bins out and bring them back in on your designated collection days. Don’t leave junk mail strewn across the footpath. Weed your garden and mow your lawn regularly and keep your flowers, trees and bushes trimmed appropriately. A tidy area will promote pride within your neighbourhood

Staying safe in the City

Adelaide is a relatively safe city by international standards and was rated Australia’s safest city in 2013[1]. In 2018, Adelaide was rated the world’s tenth most liveable City in a survey of 140 cities[2]. Stability and safety were prominent factors, with Adelaide enjoying relatively low population density and crime levels. City of Adelaide is committed to ensuring that the City is safe and welcoming for residents and visitors, however it is important for people who live in or visit the city to take steps towards their personal safety and security of their belongings. South Australia Police have a range of useful safety booklets and factsheets available on their website.

[1] Suncorp Bank Family Friendly City Report 2013

[2] The Economist Intelligence Unit's (EIU) liveability survey annually rates 140 cities out of 100, in the areas of health care, education, stability, culture and environment and infrastructure.


Adelaide is home to three of Australia’s best universities, three prestigious international institutions, three TAFE institutes offering 300 vocational courses across 51 campuses and over 600 private training organisations. What a choice! Study, work and play, Adelaide can connect you.

READ ALSO: International students Mark Ong and Tracey Trang Vu share their experience studying and living in Adelaide

If you are from overseas and will be studying in Adelaide, please visit the StudyAdelaide website before you arrive and also check out LiveAdelaideOnline, a student accommodation portal that makes finding a place to stay quick and easy!

New migrants

Adelaide has been voted the most livable city in Australia for the past three years by The Property Council's national My City: The People's Verdict survey. We already knew that though!

Adelaide is home to over one million people from more than 200 ethnic communities. We are a welcoming, vibrant, cultured, dynamic, inspiring and diverse place to live. We offer affordable housing, excellent educational facilities, a high standard of living at a low cost, a gorgeous Mediterranean climate and growing employment and business opportunities.

Come for a visit and stay!


Adelaide has established itself as a major tourist destination for 2014 - most notably Lonely Planet recognised it as a top 10 place to visit for this year. From seeing a world class sporting event at the redeveloped Adelaide Oval, to discovering the history-rich institutions of North Terrace, to immersing yourself in Adelaide's growing bar and restaurant culture in the East and West Ends - everything's accessible in the City. If ever you do have trouble finding something there are City of Adelaide volunteers and visitor information services to help you out.

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