Cost of Living in Adelaide

Summary about cost of living in Adelaide:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 17.00 A$ 12.00-22.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 60.00 A$ 40.50-85.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 10.00 A$ 10.00-12.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 8.00 A$ 5.00-9.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 9.00 A$ 7.00-10.00
Cappuccino (regular) 4.15 A$ 3.50-5.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 3.32 A$ 2.40-4.50
Water (12 oz small bottle) 2.68 A$ 2.00-4.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 5.40 A$ 3.79-11.36
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.93 A$ 1.09-2.72
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.11 A$ 0.91-1.81
Eggs (regular) (12) 3.80 A$ 3.00-5.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 3.89 A$ 2.49-5.90
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 4.54 A$ 4.08-5.44
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 6.35 A$ 4.08-10.43
Apples (1 lb) 1.79 A$ 1.32-2.72
Banana (1 lb) 1.49 A$ 1.32-1.81
Oranges (1 lb) 1.44 A$ 0.91-2.27
Tomato (1 lb) 1.80 A$ 1.32-2.49
Potato (1 lb) 1.13 A$ 0.45-1.81
Onion (1 lb) 0.97 A$ 0.54-1.81
Lettuce (1 head) 2.63 A$ 2.00-3.50
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.08 A$ 1.00-4.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 15.00 A$ 10.00-20.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 4.66 A$ 4.00-7.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 6.03 A$ 4.00-8.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 30.00 A$ 25.00-40.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 3.85 A$ 3.50-5.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 99.00 A$ 99.00-101.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 4.25 A$ 3.70-5.30
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.01 A$ 2.90-3.51
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 39.30 A$ 39.30-55.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 5.55 A$ 4.92-6.25
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 25,490.00 A$ 22,990.00-30,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 23,791.65 A$ 20,990.00-27,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 178.87 A$ 100.00-300.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.36 A$ 0.10-1.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 66.07 A$ 50.00-85.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 50.70 A$ 29.00-70.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 1.34 A$ 0.00-10.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 15.00 A$ 12.00-20.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 520.28 A$ 299.00-1,100.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 8,165.33 A$ 4,985.00-22,222.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 86.53 A$ 50.00-110.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 53.08 A$ 30.00-80.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 117.83 A$ 99.00-150.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 118.95 A$ 80.00-180.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,242.80 A$ 990.00-1,600.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 941.57 A$ 800.00-1,200.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,086.00 A$ 1,738.00-2,800.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,525.38 A$ 1,398.00-1,900.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 327.76 A$ 277.78-631.74
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 254.10 A$ 185.71-696.77
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 4,208.73 A$
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 4.05 3.20-5.00

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Last update: December 2019
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26 Comments so far

#dubbo on May 23, 2018 :
Adelaide is a myopic backward place The entire Adelaide environment is infested with mates of mates, a privileged "boys" club and they are just not good enough for the job, the incompetence is staggering, the hubris, arrogance and entitled disregard for the public left me speechless (after 25 years in the private sector) it does not matter if they are labour or liberal, there is a core underlying way of doing business in adelaide that is substandard and the symptoms of this dysfunctional economic and social structure are in plain sight for those who wish to look.

as the saying goes "In adelaide, Its not what you know , its who you know"

Working out well then for the state of SA and adelaide the place is backward and getting worse
#Niet on May 06, 2018 :
Many years ago, I attended high school in Adelaide and left after that. For an Asian with a doctorate in English from the US, what are the odds of finding a non-research teaching job in town? I don't have AUS citizenship but could apply for a work visa legit.
#Pom on Apr 06, 2018 :
To Hunnie.

I arrived in Feb on 190 Finance Mgr Visa. Found job in a week. My predecessor in his role said it is very hard to find decent people in payroll and accounting positions. A strong candidate who is switched on with the right attitude shoudl do fine.

NOTE - I stayed up late at night in the UK to call recruiters in the morning Aus time. This paid off dividends, as one of the relationships I built off the back of this got me a job. It shows you have the right attitude to go the extra mile.

Do some research on schools and boroughs. People have told me the belt from left to right is the safest. Don't stray too far north or south.
#Hunnie on Mar 28, 2018 :
Hi, I am planning to move my family in Adelaide in mid 2019. I would like to know about the cost of living in adelaide? How affordable it would be for a family of 4 to live there? My husband has an accounting background (mainly doing payroll and bank recon via MYOB software). Would he be able to get a job there fast? Also I worked in healthcare (Support Worker). Our kids are age 12 and 9 by then. How fast is our chance to get a job there?Where is the safest suburb to live there? where it will also be handy for my kids to go to school to? Please give us an advice. Thank you.
#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?