University of Adelaide

Adelaide University, also known as the University of Adelaide, is a public research university in Adelaide, South Australia. It was established in 1874 and is Australia's third oldest University. It is situated in Adelaide's city center on North Terrace. This campus is adjacent to the Art Gallery of South Australia and the South Australian Museum.

There are four campuses at the University: three in South Australia, North Terrace campus, Roseworthy campus at Roseworthy, Waite Campus, Urrbrae, and one in Melbourne, Victoria. The University operates in other areas, such as Thebarton and the Adelaide Park Lands National Wine Center. It also has an education center in Singapore, Ngee Ann Adelaide Education Center.

The University of Adelaide is made up of five faculties. Each one contains constituent schools. These are the Faculty of Engineering, Computer, and Mathematical Sciences, the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, the Faculty of Arts, the Faculty of Professions, and the Faculty of Sciences. It is a member of both the Group of Eight and the Association of Commonwealth Universities. It is also a member of the Sandstone universities. These universities mainly include colonial-era universities in Australia.

Five Nobel laureates are associated with the University, accounting for one-third of Australia's total Nobel Laureates and 110 Rhodes scholars. It has had a significant impact on South Australia's public life, as it has educated many of its most prominent businesspeople, lawyers, doctors, and politicians.

University of Adelaide Rankings

  • #108 in QS World University Rankings 2022.

  • #111 in THE World University Rankings 2022.

  • #11 in QS Subject Rankings for 2021

  • #73 in US News Best Global Universities 2021.

  • #229 in CWUR World University Rank 20201 and #8 National University Rank 20301.

University of Adelaide Campuses

North Terrace

North Terrace is the main campus, and it borders the Art Gallery of South Australia and the State Library of South Australia. The South Australian Museum, the South Australian Museum, and the University of South Australia's "City East Campus" are also located there. The Adelaide University Medical and Dental Schools are located across Frome Road behind the old Royal Adelaide Hospital (now Lot Fourteen). The hospital was moved to the west end of North Terrace, as have the schools. From 1 January 2018, the Medical School North-South buildings were renamed Helen Mayo North-South in honor of Helen Mayo, who was a Royal Adelaide Hospital doctor and a University of Adelaide graduate.

Most students and staff at the University live on the North Terrace campus. This is where most courses and schools are taught. This campus houses both the central administration and the Barr Smith Library. Although many universities have business schools and law schools, or satellite campuses in the central business district of the city, the University of Adelaide is the only Australian sandstone university to have its main location adjacent to the main shopping and business precinct.


The campus' North Terrace street frontage includes Bonython Hall (the great hall), the Mitchell Building, and the Elder Hall. Bonython Hall, one of many heritage and historic buildings on the North Terrace campus, is also listed. Other notable buildings include Elder Hall, the Mitchell Building, and the Reading Room at the Barr Smith Library.

The Union Buildings or Union Building Group, a heritage-listed group of buildings, includes the Lady Symon Building and the George Murray Building, as well as the Cloisters, Union House, and the Western Annexe. Woods, Bagot and Jory, who also designed Bonython Hall and the Mitchell Gates and Johnson Laboratory and the Barr Smith Library, designed the earlier Georgian-style buildings. Later additions. Dickson & Platten created the award-winning redevelopments of 1971 and 1975, which included the Union Bookshop.

Masterplan (2016-)

The University began work in 2016 on a 20-year, A$1billion "master plan" for its three campuses. The master plan envisions new facilities for all schools and significantly enhanced campus amenities and amenities for students. It also focuses on pedestrians/cyclists, making campus safer, and providing safer routes through campus. North Terrace's Schulz building will become a residential college with accommodation and other recreational facilities. This is in addition to the multimillion-dollar renovation and redevelopment at North Terrace of the former Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH). The RAH relocated to North Terrace's western end in the South Australian Health and Biomedical Precinct, worth $4 billion. This precinct houses the University of Adelaide's Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences Building.


The Waite campus is a strong center for agricultural science, plant breeding, and biotechnology. The Waite campus is home to the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine. It also houses components of the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences. It is located adjacent to Urrbrae Agricultural High School.

Several other organizations share the Waite Research Precinct. These include the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI), which is part of Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA), and the Australian Wine Research Institute. The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organizations (CSIRO); and the Australian Center for Plant Functional Genomics.

It is located in Adelaide's southern foothills on 174 hectares (430 acres). Peter Waite, a pastoralist, donated a large portion of the land in 1924. Rosina, John, the widower and son of William Tennant Mortlock, donated a large sum of money. These donations were used initially to create the Peter Waite Institute of Agricultural Research (first Director A. E. V. Richardson), which was later renamed the Waite campus.

In 1929, a Soil Research Center was established with a donation from Harold Darling of J. Darling and Son, grain traders.

Premier Mike Rann established the multimillion-dollar Plant Genomics Center on the Waite Campus in 2004. In 2010, Premier Rann created The Plant Accelerator, a $30 Million research facility that is the largest and most advanced in its field.


The Roseworthy campus is located north of the city and covers 16 km2 of farmland. It's a significant center for agricultural research. It was established in 1883 as Australia's first agricultural college. In 2008, it became the first veterinary school in South Australia. The campus is also home to SARDI, Murray TAFE, and other organizations.

The College merged in 1991 with the University of Adelaide and became part of the Faculty of Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences. With the merger, teaching and research in enology, viticulture, and the bulk of its work on plant breeding would be transferred to the University's Waite Campus. Roseworthy also produced many highly-regarded winemakers and wine critics.

The campus' main focus shifted to dryland farming, natural resource management, and animal production in the mid-1990s. South Australia's first veterinary training program began in 2008 and is now located on the campus. The new Veterinary Science Center includes teaching facilities and a surgical skills suite. It also houses a public veterinary clinic that offers general practice as well emergency and specialist veterinary care for pets. This center also houses specialized pathology labs for research, teaching, and diagnostic work. The Equine Health and Performance Center was opened in 2013. This facility is a state-of-the-art facility that offers equine surgery and sports medicine as well as reproductive medicine.

University of Adelaide Accommodation

  • Roseworthy Campus is the only campus that has accommodation. However, the University collaborates with some residential houses to make the search easier.

  • Our team of professional accommodation specialists is available to assist our university community 24 hours a day, 7 Days a Week, with general accommodation information and tenancy support. We also help students learn about the benefits of University-managed student housing during their first year at the University of Adelaide.

  • The University offers free and unlimited Wi-Fi, bed, wardrobe, and dresser as part of its on-campus accommodation.


Facility Accommodation Type Fees (in AUD)
The University of Adelaide Village Apartment Shared Bathroom: 13,520;
Refundable Security: 500
Townhouse Private Bathroom: 14,820; Shared Bathroom: 13,520;
Refundable Security: 500
Mattanya Student Residences Shared House Shared Bathroom: 12, 480;
Refundable Security: 200
Roseworthy Residential College - Housing: 7,750;
Social Fee: 100 Refundable Security: 500

University of Adelaide Scholarships 

Indian students planning to commence their studies at the University of Adelaide South Australia have two options to fund their studies- Scholarships to study in Australia and Work-while-study.

Some of the scholarship available for international students are mentioned below:


Name Benefits Eligibility
Global Academic Excellence Scholarship(International) 50% tuition fees reduction. For UG: ATAR of 98 or higher in class XII, For PG: Minimum GPA of 6.8
University of Adelaide Global Scholarship For UG: ATAR 80 or above- 15% tuition fees, ATAR 90 or above- 30% tuition fee waiver For PG: Min. GPA 5.0/7- 15% tuition fees, Minimum GPA 6.0/7- 30% fee waiver. Fulfilling ATAR Requirements.
Alumni Scholarship 25% tuition fee waiver Fulfilling minimum GPA requirements.
Higher Education Scholarship 25% fees reduction. Completing a program from the University of Adelaide.
Family Scholarship 25% tuition fees reduction. Min. Raw ATAR score 80.
University of Adelaide International scholarship 5-10% tuition fees reduction. Spouse or immediate family of alumnus/existing university student
Eynesbury college international scholarship 5-10% tuition fee waiver. Graduated from Eynesbury College; Enroll in a full-time UG/PG degree program

University of Adelaide Placements

The University’s career center helps students to enhance their skills and also in connecting with employers.

  • The center also works to enhance employability skills by conducting Resume writing, Mock Interviews, and Career coaching.

  • Online portals and virtual employment resources are provided to students to place their information and the employers can pick suitable candidates.

Some of the highest paying degrees at the University of Adelaide are tabulated below:


Degree Average Salary (in AUD)
Executive Masters 171,000
Masters in Finance 120,000
Bachelor of Commerce 98,000
Bachelor of Arts 96,000
Bachelor of Science 72,000

University of Adelaide Medical services

Student Life Counseling Support offers confidential, short-term professional counseling support for students currently enrolled to address any issues that could be affecting their studies and lives.

University of Adelaide Library services

The University Library can help you succeed in your studies.

We have a lot of books and eBooks. We also offer a variety of services and resources that can help you study. These include scanners and computers, as well as individual and group study areas.

University of Adelaide Services for housing

This facility is only available to University of Adelaide students. The University of Adelaide recognizes the importance of accommodation in establishing the foundation for academic success. Students at the University of Adelaide have access to a large selection of University-managed student accommodation options. These are made available to help them transition smoothly into University life.

The largest University-managed student accommodation option is the Village. The Village is located in Adelaide's Central Business District, in the vibrant Central Market precinct. It offers students a balanced University lifestyle.

University of Adelaide Services for students

International Student Support offers the following services for all international students currently enrolled at the University:

  • Support throughout the course of your chosen program

  • International students can get specialized advice

  • Referrals to appropriate contacts within and outside the University

  • Support and advice regarding Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE), Enrolment, and Enrolment matters

  • Promotion of international student activities and social programs

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