Cost of Living in Adelaide

Summary about cost of living in Adelaide:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 17.50 A$ 14.00-25.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 80.00 A$ 50.00-100.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 10.00 A$ 8.50-12.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 7.00 A$ 5.00-8.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 8.00 A$ 5.00-9.00
Cappuccino (regular) 4.20 A$ 3.50-4.50
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 3.42 A$ 2.50-4.00
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 2.64 A$ 2.00-3.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 4.59 A$ 3.79-5.68
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.20 A$ 0.91-3.18
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.45 A$ 0.91-2.27
Eggs (regular) (12) 4.50 A$ 3.50-6.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 4.24 A$ 3.18-6.35
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 4.48 A$ 4.08-5.67
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 7.41 A$ 4.54-9.07
Apples (1 lb) 1.83 A$ 1.36-2.27
Banana (1 lb) 1.38 A$ 0.91-1.81
Oranges (1 lb) 1.57 A$ 0.91-2.27
Tomato (1 lb) 2.55 A$ 1.59-3.62
Potato (1 lb) 1.53 A$ 1.13-2.00
Onion (1 lb) 1.11 A$ 0.45-1.59
Lettuce (1 head) 2.49 A$ 2.00-3.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.55 A$ 0.70-3.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 19.50 A$ 15.00-20.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 4.03 A$ 2.20-6.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 5.03 A$ 4.00-8.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 25.00 A$ 21.00-30.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 5.00 A$ 3.50-5.30
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 121.80 A$ 65.22-124.50
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.70 A$ 3.70-4.90
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.96 A$ 2.41-3.04
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 39.30 A$ 34.00-39.30
Gasoline (1 gallon) 4.92 A$ 4.54-5.30
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 25,000.00 A$ 22,990.00-30,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 23,558.93 A$ 21,450.00-25,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 279.34 A$ 200.00-400.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.26 A$ 0.11-0.90
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 68.75 A$ 59.00-99.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 55.55 A$ 35.00-100.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 11.50 A$ 0.00-22.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 18.00 A$ 12.00-20.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child 2,000.00 A$ 1,800.00-2,200.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 17,333.33 A$ 10,000.00-23,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 89.10 A$ 50.00-120.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 67.59 A$ 30.00-100.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 121.06 A$ 80.00-150.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 126.81 A$ 100.00-190.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,575.79 A$ 1,304.35-1,739.13
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,130.90 A$ 869.57-1,256.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,425.54 A$ 1,739.13-3,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,560.71 A$ 1,304.35-1,784.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 419.47 A$ 278.71-743.22
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 301.93 A$ 185.80-371.61
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 3,558.89 A$
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 4.43 3.90-5.40

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Last update: February 2018
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40 Comments so far

#Dipen on Dec 21, 2017 :
2500AUD per month is more than enough for a single person to live in Adelaide
#Cheese on Dec 10, 2017 :
Some french cheeses is upwards from 75AUD per kg to 100+ per kg. The average bottle of wine to drink at home is $17. Correct.
#Ramesh on Jun 03, 2017 :
I am from INDIA . Hope all r doing fine
I have 3 months plan to Adelaide and my company is paying me me $2500AUD PM for my accommodation food and transport.
My question will 2500 AUD is sufficient for 1 person to live in Adelaide for 1 month.
Can I save any thing in this.

#Zoni on May 31, 2017 :
Hi everyone...hope you all are fine
i got admission in flinders uni in Ms (Gis)..
and want to know that how much a student can earn to live a normal life and bear all his expenses...
and how much one can save for his university fee? thank you
#burnside on May 30, 2017 :
adelaide is quite dead in terms of work and opportunity, and its almost as expensive to live as Sydney, Houses are cheaper, but they are cheaper for a reason, there are no comparable work salaries available in adelaide as they are in sydney
#Drawo on Dec 09, 2016 :
Would AUD $100k be a decent wage in Adelaide these days?
#Shadi on Nov 13, 2016 :
Hi everyone. I'm a PhD candidate student, newly I'm offered a AUD$ 27,000 annually from the university of Adelaide. Now I'm moving there with my wife. Please help me with the real living cost there. Is that money proper to make a good living there?
My other question is about a rental house. Because I will live in Gawler, What price is economic for us? Is AUD$ 300 proper for our situation?

Thank you
#Anonymous on Nov 13, 2016 :
Hi everyone. I'm a PhD candidate student, newly I'm offered a AUD$ 27,000 annually from the university of Adelaide. Now I'm moving there with my wife. Please help me with the real living cost there. Is that money proper to make a good living there?
My other question is about a rental house. Because I will live in Gawler, What price is economic for us? Is AUD$ 300 proper for our situation?
Thank you
#Ray on Aug 26, 2016 :
We just went on a 6 days stay in Adelaide and 3 days stay in Sydney. I can say that the costs above are accurate or close to what we've paid for in Adelaide. It's winter time and it's a bit cold compared to Sydney. But we like it more there, quiet, green city, friendly people, wide park and spaces, good transportation plan, easy to get around places, pretty relaxing place, traffic was OK, great place to raise a family.

We stayed around the places near the CBD.

Looking forward in staying here for good by March next year. :)
#sharmin on Jul 30, 2016 :
Hello .I want some information about adelaide. I have got visa sublass 489 as community worker.I know it's difficult to get my own job sector but is it possible to get job in retail shops or restaurants or any kind of job from where I can earn enough to run my 4 persons family ?
#Ray on Jul 06, 2016 :
Matt, thank you for all this info. It's very helpful and makes us more excited in moving to Adelaide! Hope you would still be around by the time we get there.

Gurveen! Great! and hope to see you as well!
#Gurveen Singh on Jul 04, 2016 :
We are planning to move to adelaide. Family of 4 children aged 9 and 1. In our mid 30s with business background from new delhi. Will we able to adjust in this place after busy life in new delhi
#Matt on Jun 30, 2016 :
Ray, Just for your information, Adelaide is about 1,000 miles / 1,600 kilometres from Sydney. I have lived in Adelaide most of my life and it is a great place to live. It is a relatively safe, quiet and secure city that is easy to get around with great beaches, wineries and other tourist attractions close by. Most of the time we also have great weather; only a few weeks of cold weather in Winter and a handful of super hot days over 40 degrees C in Summer.

Lysh, Flagstaff Hill is a beautiful area and is all private housing as far as I am aware. It is only about 25-30 minutes to the CBD of Adelaide depending on traffic and a great environment to raise a family. You might also have some great views over Adelaide or the beaches depending on the property you purchase. Additionally you are only 10-15 minutes away from Flinders University if you have children interested in going to Uni. Adelaide is the City of Churches, so I am sure you will find the right church for you and your family close by. There are also some pretty good schools around the place. Compared to Sydney Adelaide is very affordable with a high standard of living and pretty good weather for most of the year.
#Ray on Jun 29, 2016 :
Great info Eddie, we'll have a visit sometime in August in Sydney and would drop by as well in Adelaide. For sure ill drop by and leave comments for those who are bound for AU.
#Eddie on Jun 28, 2016 :
I lived in Adelaide and all the surrounding suburbs for 4 years. absolutely loved it over the other states like Melbourne and Sydney but hey it depends what you prefer. I preferred a quite place. Yes every place has its negatives but peace of mind is what i got from Adelaide. My only and one concern was the genetically modified food. Made good friends from different backgrounds. I still regret leaving Adelaide.
#Ryano on May 24, 2016 :
You can smoke cannabis without being treated like a criminal I'd say that's a plus
#Ray on May 10, 2016 :
We are to migrate on March 2017 with my wife and a kid. I am on IT job here in Philippines, we are thinking if it's worth the risk in moving to Adelaide... Thank you Anonymous!
#Anonymous on May 08, 2016 :
If you like dry weather, Adelaide is the place! Not to cold, sometimes a bit hot during summer and sometimes lack of rain. Overall a good place to live, except housing prices are insane (too many house investors pushed prices overvalued). Its a city of churches, and perfect for old people retirement.
#Anonymous on May 08, 2016 :
Adelaide is like a country town, except not as social. It used to be a centrally focused city with the CBD as the main hub (1 sq mile), but city planning over the recent years has tried to make other hubs in the suburbs (Marion, Norlunga, Golden Grove, etc). Employment is hard to find (usually 100's of applicants per advertised job), but there can be some choice jobs around if your lucky to find them (some low-end IT/call-centers, government, etc. as well). Business owners are finding it very hard to survive here. The cost of living is low compared to the Eastern states (rent is about 1/2 - 3/4's Sydney, but jobs aren't as available). It has some decent educational facilities (universities, private colleges,) which attracts a lot of international students, esp from Asia.
#Ray on Apr 11, 2016 :
Hi, anyone has recently moved to Adelaide yet? how was employment and way of life?
#Lysh on Mar 18, 2016 :
I'm from Sydney and curious as to what Flagstaff Hill area is like, it looks like a lovely environment on google maps. Is it mainly private homes or is there government housing in that area?

Is it suitable for starting a family there? And what's the general population there like? Are there churches in the area?

Sorry for the questions, but we're hoping to move the Adelaide for a more affordable lifestyle. Sydney's just impossible.
#James on Dec 16, 2015 :
I am a black African coming to Adelaide for a research study. what is it like for someone like me to live and study in Adelaide?
#BB on Nov 16, 2015 :
I'm possibly moving to Adelaide with my family. We are coming from Vancouver, BC, Canada where soccer is a pretty popular sport for kids. How big is soccer for kids in Adelaide? I have 9yr olds and a 13yr old.

What is the pace of family life like? If anyone from there that has a family and you'd help give a "real" idea of what daily life looks like, I'd appreciate it.
#Clan De Stein on Oct 25, 2015 :
In response to the previous comment:

Australia isn't that bad by a long shot.. or to re phrase it, Australia is actually pretty darn good..

The whole world has changed and the same generalizations the previous author made
could just as easily be made at Britain, Canada, The USA, New Zealand.

(as well as numerous non English speaking countries)

In all of these countries and in all of their major cities there has been large price inflation of residential housing and other general living costs.

We all know that Australia is an expensive country to live in, but it doesn't have to be that way.

You can choose to get smart and know how to cut down the high cost of living just by being a little more sensible and less wasteful.

Australia is also home to over a million millionaires (approx 1 in 20 people are a millionaire and 1 in 40 people are multi multi millionaires) so it's little wonder things have moved this way..

If Aust was so bad you wouldn't have huge numbers of wealthy individuals emigrating into Australia..

For people who have money from China, Malaysia, Singapore and India they see the Australian cities real estate prices as not being prohibitively expensive because in their major cities it's even more costly and you only get an apartment whereas in Australia for one or two million dollars you can own a house on your own land.

For the rest of us who have a more modest financial position it just means we have to adapt and/or learn how to become smart with money and build up some new wealth for ourselves.
#Peter J on Sep 03, 2015 :
I moved from Paris to Adelaide in 1977 and I thought then that Adelaide was a great place to live.
My yearly income was $35,000 and the first house I bought cost $32,000...You'd have to make $450,000 a year nowadays!!No way!
The price of food was quite affordable and life, over all was good and relaxed, compered to the life in Paris..
Now, I live abroad 5 months a year and every time I return to Adelaide, I feel like being taken hostage and to be ripped off right, left and center.
Australia has become the most crooked country in the world and the government doesn't seem to do much about it.
They create new rules everyday to narrow down your freedom of movements and do whatever they can to robotize society in general.
...The air is clean though.
#Eleanor on Aug 22, 2015 :
Adelaide is currently ranked the 5th most livable city in the world (2015). And it's cheaper than Melbourne which is the most livable city in the world. The heat is usually not too much of an issue as most houses will have very good air-conditioning (like how in snowy places of the world everyone has good central heating).
#Tim Bar on Mar 29, 2015 :
The Negs:
1. Summer it's too damn hot
2. Lot's of unemployed bums, robbers, druggies, bashers/muggers and crooks
3. Water has horrid taste
4. Lack of diversity/cultures
5. Narrow minded bogans/chavs/rednecks

Good Points:
1. Less traffic congestion
2. Cheaper houses (than Melbourne/Sydney)
3. More relaxed lifestyle (potentially)
4. Parts of the countryside are very nice
5. Affordable lifestyle of house/car/trips
#Yoshi on Mar 04, 2015 :

Not sure I agree with Adelaide being the equal of other states for public transport. I don't call one train that goes north and one that goes south a very comprehensive train network and buses are just archaic for most these days not to mention slow.

Of course the payoff is you can buy a car and drive to work in Adelaide and not be too frustrated by the horrid traffic you find in the major states. You can actually ride a bike quite safely to work and many who live within a 10km radius of the cbd do just that. This is all possible, given the far more affordable house prices.
#Yoshi on Mar 04, 2015 :
Terry, seriously. You're an absolute flog! Never read so much nonsense. You sound bitter. Best you POQ imo

One only needs to look at the climate statistics to see that Adelaide is warmer than the east coast states. 18 days of Summer? Absolute rubbish. I've lived across the east coast and Adelaide and BY FAR the most warm and wild climate is Adelaide. For anyone who wants the real story, Adelaide has mild winters, warm-to-hot summers and relatively low humidity, hence it can often be dry. You can get quite warm weather for around 4 months of the year, Dec-March.

As for the beaches, how precious do you want to be Terry!? Hypothermia? You've got to be kidding. Toughen-up princess! I've never, ever heard anyone say that about the water temperature in over three decades. Victorian friends who visit are always at pains to say how much nicer the beaches are here and I would agree, having lived in both states. If Brighton beach or eating dinner on the beach at Henley Square doesn't do it for you then you are very hard to please indeed!

Admittedly, the current unemployment situation is relatively poor due to the slowdown in mining (Olympic Dam) and the slow decay of the manufacturing industry, which has been a staple of this state's economy in previous times. It really depends what your field is. I had no trouble returning to Adelaide (from Vic) with a good salary but if you won't nearly as many finance jobs as a Melb or Sydney. Adelaide does have a large public service sector (I believe the highest per capita in Australia) and they adopt very liberal diversity policies for recruitment, which may aid those migrating. Other than that, the usual trades and health professionals are always in demand and the three large universities are quite active employers for those with an education background. IT is OK without being huge like a Melb or Sydney.

Hope that helps clear a few things up.
#Dave on Jan 18, 2015 :
I'm sorry you feel that way "Terry". If your biggest complaint about Adelaide is the temperature of the sea water then I think Adelaide is doing alright. I've lived in Adelaide for over 40 years and I've never seen winter weather in summer this summer we had a few wet days with rain coming from the north but it is rare for it to rain in the summer time here. The schools here are about average for Australian schools. Your chance of getting a job here are also average for Australia. and the one way highway you mention has been widened and turned into a dual direction highway now. And as for public transport the public transport is as good as any where in Australia. The government has a 30 year plan to upgrade it but it will cost the taxpayers 30 billion dollars so it won't happen over night.
#Terry on Jan 17, 2015 :
Long story short, No Employment, No future prospects- I would advise Anybody considering making Adelaide their home, be ready to learn how to exist on govt/welfare. No amount of tertiary Quals will overcomethe inward nature of the psche of adelaide. Adelaide has disgusting weather & beaches, In summer it is too hot, but the problem is the water in the beaches is Antarctic cold as it comes up from the southern ocean, not the pacific. So you feel oprressed by the heat, so decide to cool off at the beach, then get hypothermia from swimming at the beach on a 40+ degrees celsius day. But thats OK Summer only makes an appearence for a few days then it is back to winter weather. Adelaide feels like it is Constantly Winter, & then has about 18 days of blistering opressive heat from which there is no respite, as the ocean is too cold to swim in. All well & good to say plenty of study etc, problem is No Employment opportunities, the Schools are all "Below average" or in the Lower percentile for academia (versus eatern states), Real Estate is overpriced, The traffic network is reliant on cars as Adelaide has not grasped the idea of providing reliable public transport. Adelaide is the only city in the world that built a One-way Freeway, Two lane major arterial roads grind to a halt when a bus stops & blocks one lane of traffic, because there are no pull-in bays to pick up & set down passengers
#Matt on Nov 09, 2014 :
I see people plan of moving to Adelaide. Don't, For lack of better words, its fucking shit. Most of the place is poor, crime is on the rise, no jobs, nothing to do and its just an overall boring, working class place. I can't wait to move form here.
#Sonic Screwdriver on Oct 22, 2014 :
I've always been slightly fascinated with Adelaide and wouldn't mind trying out living there one day .. say a year long project..

Now that Melbourne and Sydney (and I think Brisbane too) are so amazingly expensive for housing.. it's making me look at the B-List
of capital cities on offer.

The downside of Adelaide is that in summer it gets damn hot .. and I mean HOT !! 40~45~50 degrees...!!

People say the water is terrible and some parts of S.A. have high background radiation levels because of all the nuclear testing
back in the day...
#Pj on Oct 05, 2014 :
Hi, I am planning to move to Adelaide with my spouse in April 2015. I am expecting my PR to arrive by Dec/Jan. I wish to know ho easy or difficult is to settle down in Adelaide? We are Indian nationals just hit 30's. I am also keen to know on the job front... I am a Banker & my wife is a hotelier. Your suggestions & recommendations would help....
#V K Mumbai on Sep 17, 2014 :
Hi All.

We are on the verge of shifting to SA. Most probably Adelaide. A little skeptical about the move as currently we are in a relatively good position in India. Hubby is a self taught businessman, wife is professionally qualified in pharma field and in a managerial position with an MNC. Both husband and wife combined earns a respectable 6 figure salary. Has a house of our own though not the current upscale versions. Have a club membership where our kids can swim, play tennis, indoor games etc. etc., have our fair share of McDonalds and Pizzahut outings. And being a basic lifestyle types - not heavily into partying, tripping, shopping kind, saves a pretty penny every month. Kids are going to an excellent IB type schools and is currently in 9th and 5th grade. We are at a moments notice from our aged parents and close relatives, so at hand for any eventualities mutually. Moving to SA would mean a total new place - for everyone. Age wise we are in older side of the 40s. Will this move be wise? Can our children cope? Can we?
Comments welcome.
#PB on Aug 27, 2014 :
How racists Australians are? Are they better or worse than Britts? Do they suffer from white skin superiority syndrome like most European countries, USA or Canada.
#Anonymous on Aug 27, 2014 :
Minimum wages only gives minimum standard of living in the country one lives and earn money. Developed countries like Australia, Canada, USA or European countries have very high standards of living as compare to third world countries but still people find it very hard to save money and enjoy because of high cost of living, an average earning person is always on the hook. Compare taxes, rent, insurances, cost of groceries and then how much an average person can earn and then make a decision to move to any city. In Toronto, Canada people pay outrageously high car insurance and direct taxes and find themselves in a trap so make an informed decision.
#adelaide resident on Aug 25, 2014 :
To Rajesh, To look at a cost of living list never tells the whole story. When I compare with Kolkata (which is the biggest city in India I have been to) pro-rata to the average income, cost of living in Adelaide isn't so bad. Some things cost more, some less. Just about everyone has a car, just a dream in India.

Compared to other Australian cities, housing within 10Km of the CBD is affordable, in Sydney you could be 30 - 50 Km out.

One thing you need to understand about Australia is there is no real poverty here. Sure we have what we call poverty, but not on an Indian level. There is a minimum wage (several times the US minimum), so there is no cheap labour. That keeps some prices up, but everyone can afford a reasonable, if not extravagant, lifestyle. The gap between rich and poor here is very small compared to most countries.

Adelaide is a very multi-cultural society. I count among my friends people from over 10 nationalities from Asia, Africa & Europe. But wherever you go in the world you will always find someone who will discriminate on race, religion, class or whatever difference they can find. Don't associate with them and don't get caught up in their problem.
#rajesh on Aug 22, 2014 :
Sad to hear DD's comment on racism , I am from India and plan to immigrate there before Christmas this year. I am a healthcare management MBA and hope to get a good job but the cost of living seems to be outrageous.
With two school going kids things could be tough any words of wisdom would be helpful
#martin on Aug 11, 2014 :
adelaide is a great place to live, bring up your children with various uni and futher education avaliable, the adelaide hills to the east of the city, beaches to the south, with multiple vinyards in its outer reaches all within 40 min of the city, i agree the cost of living is slightly higher than say victoria. but moving from the country has been a positive progresion for my family .