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QS Best Student Cities ranking: 41st

Adelaide joins Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane, Perth and Gold Coast as one of seven Australian entries in the QS Best Student Cities 2018 – reflecting the nation’s high quality of living, large and diverse student population and highly ranked universities.

Three universities based in Adelaide are featured in the QS World University Rankings® 2018, all within the world’s top 600: the University of AdelaideUniversity of South Australia and Flinders University

Australia’s fifth-largest city, Adelaide is located on the south coast, and is known for its attractive wide boulevards, open spaces, parklands and easily navigable city center. As well as being close to beautiful beaches and islands, the city is also within easy reach of the Adelaide Hills, great for hiking, cycling, wildlife-watching, or sampling some of Australia’s best wines close to the vineyards where they’re produced.

Back in town, there’s also plenty to explore, from watching a cricket match at the Adelaide Oval, to partying at one of the festivals hosted here each year (many during ‘Mad March’) – or simply enjoying the atmosphere at a café in one of the central squares.

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University of Adelaide (joint 109th)



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