Moving to Adelaide

A Complete Guide

Thinking of moving to Adelaide? Whether you are looking to complete a local move, or venturing to South Australia from further afield, this guide of costs, checklists and tips has got you covered. Stay with us and you will find yourself in the Opal City before you know it!

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The Cost of Moving to Adelaide

Moving to Adelaide is an adventure! But, before we can get to the good stuff, it is important to understand the costs associated with the big move.

To get the ball rolling, we have compiled this table which indicates the cost of moving a two-bedroom house to Adelaide from the other state capitals across Australia. To understand where we have got these numbers from, visit our interstate moving costs page for a complete rundown.

Western Australia (Perth)Adelaide$3,675 – $5,750~$4,712
Victoria (Melbourne)Adelaide$2,325 – $4,000~$3,162
New South Wales (Sydney)Adelaide$2,100 – $3,195~$2,647
Queensland (Brisbane)Adelaide$2,625 – $3,825~$3,225
Northern Territory (Darwin)Adelaide$1,500 – $2,375~$1,927
Tasmania (Hobart)Adelaide$2,475 – $3,690~$3,082

While we hate to beat around the bush, it is important to note that these figures are merely estimates. The final cost of moving to Adelaide will be dependent on the specifics of your move, most notably the volume of your possessions and the exact distanced travelled. As such, the only way to receive accurate numbers is to request free quotes from us!

Tip! Are you a hoarder? Or perhaps opt for the minimalist lifestyle. Either way, if you are not sure of the volume of your possessions, our handy furniture volume calculator is here to do the work for you.

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How to Move to Adelaide: A Checklist

Known as the 20-minute city, it is safe to say that life in Adelaide is pretty laid-back and accessible. That being said, getting there in one piece can seem overwhelming. That is why we have put together this moving to Adelaide checklist to guide you through, step-by-step.

Before you move:

  • Find an international moving company. Putting all your belongings in the hands of strangers is stressful. So, get this right by exploring our list of removalists in Australia, making sure to check customer reviews before you commit.
  • Pack. There’s no such this as starting too early! Read our expert packing guide for tips and tricks.
  • Make some phone calls. You will need to notify your bank, energy suppliers and other such institutions that you are moving to Adelaide. More information about how to go about this on our utilities moving house page. Oh, and don’t forget your friends and family too!

Did you know? In case you are feeling overwhelmed, here’s a little pick-me-up. The only pandas in the southern hemisphere can be found at Adelaide Zoo. And trust us, they’re even cuter than you can imagine!

Once you are in Adelaide:

  • Register. De-register from your old, and then re-register at your new address.
  • Healthcare. If you are moving to Adelaide from another state, the chances are you will have to update your healthcare plan. Royal Adelaide Hospital is the third most expensive building in the world; let’s hope it was $2.7 billion spent well…
  • Driving licence. Again, this is just for those who are moving to South Australia from a different state. You will have about three months in which to get your licenced switched.
  • Update the electoral roll. As one of the only countries in the world where voting is compulsory, it is crucial that you inform the Australian Electoral Commission of your move to Adelaide. Unless of course you like being fined…thought not!

Oh, and last but by no means least, choose your new local footy team. The rivalry between the Adelaide Crows and Port Adelaide divides the city- so pick wisely! Once you have committed, there’s no going back 😉.

Note! While this moving to Adelaide checklist has covered the most crucial aspects of your move, it is by no means an exhaustive list. For a more comprehensive overview, visit out interactive and downloadable moving house checklist page.

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Moving to Adelaide Tips

We believe the best way to enjoy a new city is to act like the locals. With these tips and tricks, you are sure to pass for an authentic Adelaidean before you even get there 😎.

  • Transport. While it is easy enough to get around the city-centre on foot, be sure to take advantage of the free bus and tram services provided by Adelaide metro as well. To do so, be sure to purchase a metroCARD.
  • Shopping. Used to a Sunday evening grocery shop? If so, we regret to inform you that your habits are going to have to change upon moving to Adelaide; shops tend to close at 5pm on Sunday nights.
  • Take advantage of local wine. If you are a wine enthusiast, then Adelaide is calling! Moving to Adelaide means you on the doorstep of the Barossa Valley. That’s your weekend plans sorted!
  • Adelaide fringe festival. The city tends to be quiet and peaceful. However, the annual Adelaide fringe festival brings the city out of hibernation every summer. Don’t miss it!

If neither wine not festivals are your calling, don’t fret. If museums, art and history are more your cup of tea, Adelaide has something for you with the largest display of Aboriginal artefacts across Australia.

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Living and Working in Adelaide

Now you know everything about moving to Adelaide, it is also important to understand what your new life might look like. The following section is here to guide you through living costs, work and accommodation in the South Australian capital.

Living costs in Adelaide

As well as the cost of moving to Adelaide, understanding how to budget once you are there is also crucial. If you are moving from Sydney or Melbourne, your wallet is about to get a whole lot heavier as rent prices in Adelaide are, on average, 49.63% lower than in Sydney and 28.82% lower than Melbourne.

To further illustrate where you might save or spend, the following table compares the cost of essential items in Adelaide to the overall Australian average.

ItemAustralian averageAdelaide average
Monthly rent for a 1-bedroom apartment in the city centre$1,635$1,361
Price per square meter to buy in the city centre$8,135$4,793
1L of milk$1.66$1.54
Cinema ticket$18.00$15.00
0.5L of draught beer$8.00$8.00

These numbers only reflect averages. Of course, how much you actually spend will depend on where exactly in the city you choose to live, and your personal lifestyle.

Did you know? Adelaideans are sometimes referred to as ‘croweaters’ as early settlers in South Australia were alleged to have eaten the breast meat of crows. Let’s hope the city’s culinary scene has evolved since then…

Working in Adelaide

While we imagine many of you will have work lined up before moving to Adelaide, we also understand that this isn’t a luxury afforded to everyone. The key industries in the city are as follows:

  • Manufacturing
  • Construction
  • Education
  • Food and wine
  • ICT
  • Health

However, this is by no means an exhaustive list. Whatever your expertise or interest, start by exploring the following job portals:

Tip! Take advantage of the small size of the city when moving to Adelaide. Networking opportunities are ample as everyone seems to know everyone!

Housing in Adelaide

Whether you are renting or buying, working out where to live upon moving to Adelaide should be a priority. Median property price in the city is an affordable $564,000, so if this is within your means, then investing in property is not a bad idea.

Beyond the cost of property, unless you already know your way around the city, knowing where to live can be a challenge. That is why we have compiled this summary of suburbs in Adelaide. Don’t say we don’t look after you 😉.

  • Adelaide City. The city centre spans just 2.5km. If accessibility rather than space and peace and quiet is your priority, consider housing here when moving to Adelaide.
  • North Adelaide. North of the CBD, houses here are often large, but still affordable. Ka-ching! If footy is your thing, then this is the spot for you as you will be within walking distance from the Oval.
  • Kensington. For the foodies among us, living in Kensington involves being near the Parade, Adelaide’s gastronomical hotspot.
  • Malvern. Live here for beaches, boutiques and jacaranda trees. Even if you don’t end up living here, we are sure you will make many a visit.
  • Glenelg. Although it can sometimes be a little swarmed with tourists here, that’s for a reason! With stunning views and ample fishing opportunities, choosing to live in Glenelg is like a permanent holiday, but within 25 minutes of the CBD.
  • Sephamore. Moving to Adelaide with a family? If so, Semaphore is likely to be appealing. It feels like a small beach village, with a very relaxed atmosphere.
  • Henley Beach. Another great family option, with lots of outdoor space and activities. Housing prices tend to be very reasonable round here.

Ready for your move to Adelaide?

Right-o, you made it through! You are well and truly on your way to becoming an authentic Adelaidean. We hope this guide has reduced some of your anxieties surrounding moving to Adelaide. However, if you still have any queries, continue to explore the pages we have linked for you below.

If you are still feeling tentative about moving to Adelaide, we will leave you with this:

Did you know? Adelaide was the first city to give women the vote, recognise indigenous land rights and criminalise sexual and racial discrimination. That’s the kind of place to move to!