Pros and cons of moving to Adelaide
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Relocation to any city has its advantages and disadvantages, and expats will find that Adelaide is no different. That said, Adelaide remains a popular city with expats and has many pros which seemingly outweigh the cons.
One of the most common disadvantages that come with living in Adelaide is the high cost of living, though it is still much less than some of Australia's larger cities like Sydney and Melbourne. Expats should make sure that their salary covers the high cost of accommodation, entertainment and other factors in order to make sure they can fully enjoy the many benefits of the city.
Accommodation in Adelaide
+ PRO: Cheaper areas not too far from the city
Although Adelaide has over a million inhabitants, few people live in the actual city centre. Most people live in the eastern suburbs or on the coast, where it is sometimes actually cheaper than other inland neighbourhoods. These areas are still close enough to Adelaide's city centre that expats will be able to reach the centre by bus or tram easily in under an hour.
- CON: Accommodation is expensive
It is no longer a surprise: Australia is an expensive country to live in, and accommodation is a big part of this expense. This means that expats will need a good job to cover the cost of accommodation.
Food in Adelaide
+ PRO: Heaps of food options
Whether an expat enjoys pub food, spicy food or healthy food, they will find a favourite spot in Adelaide. There is an abundance of food options in Adelaide's city centre and in its neighbourhoods.
- CON: Pricey meals
Eating out in Adelaide can be a pricey endeavour – whether eating at a fancy restaurant, in a food court or even just grabbing a takeaway sandwich, bills for eating out tend to sting a little.
Working in Adelaide
+ PRO: Good work-life balance
Although salaries in Australia may not be as high as in other expat locations around the world, the country is well known for its good work-life balance. As a result, working in Adelaide gives expats a chance to truly enjoy their stay in Australia.
- CON: Difficulty in finding a first position in Adelaide
Being a just-landed expat in Adelaide requires determination and dedication to get the ‘Holy Grail’ of one's first Australian job. Because most employers prefer to hire local job seekers or expats with previous experience in an Australian-based company, it becomes a bit difficult to get a foot in the door. Once an expat gets their position, they often keep it, knowing how complicated it was to get it and not looking forward to the process again.
Travelling in Adelaide
+ PRO: Many options for road trips
Driving around Adelaide alongside the coastline is a wonderful experience. With outstanding landscapes, the way to one's destination is much more enjoyable.
- CON: Domestic flights are pricey
Travelling interstate is unfortunately expensive from Adelaide. A trip west to Perth could cost more than flying to Indonesia. There are many flights every day, but prices increase significantly closer to the departure date.
+ PRO: Good public transport system
Whether an expat hops on the tram from Glenelg all the way to North Adelaide or catches one of the many buses and trains to Adelaide suburbs, it is quite easy to get around.
- CON: Frequency and price of public transport
Even though it is easy to catch a bus, it is not convenient to have to wait sometimes up to an hour for the next one. Expats might need to catch a bus, then a train and finally the tram to reach their destination.
Entertainment in Adelaide
+ PRO: Activities for every personality type
There's plenty to see and do in Adelaide. Hiking, surfing and stand-up paddleboarding are available for the sportive and adventurous – then there's cheese and wine tasting for the foodies, and a cultural district and a large range of shows in the heart of the city for the culture addicts.
+ PRO: Great selection of local beers/ciders/wines
Adelaide is the perfect spot for sipping great local beers, ciders and wines. This region is surrounded by vineyards which make driving around the state of South Australia even more enjoyable.
+ CON: Expensive nights out
Once Adelaide locals receive their payslip, they often run to the nearest bar to have a few drinks. However, alcohol is expensive in Adelaide and in Australia nationwide and therefore expats should be prepared for the hefty cost of a night out.