Student accommodation is back on the cards for South Australia



International students are set to return to Adelaide in a pilot seen as the country’s first attempt at a post Covid-19 recovery. So a big hello to our student accommodation providers, it’s time to open those doors back on up!


It’s no lie that Aunty Rona has stuffed the world up big time. For Australia, we’ve felt these effects 10-fold. The mental and physical pain, the dire health effects and deaths of loved ones, the loneliness, loss of summer-bods, the economic downfall and the insane panic buying can all be attributed to The Rona.

Travel disruptions have not only affected our Europe 2020 insta feed but also the huge number of international students and backpackers who come to our country every year and give us big bucks. Because of this, student accommodation providers are just some of our community members really feeling the pinch.

Did you know? International students are Australia’s third biggest export after coal and iron ore (pre-covid) and so their absence has left a massive hole in our economy. International students pay three times the fees of local students upfront for the privilege to study here. Add to this the cost of rent and student accommodation, their full fare public transport fees, cost of living and any domestic travel undertaken, it’s one big blow for our GDP.

It was announced on Sunday that SA would become the first state in the country to welcome back international students to its universities, with about 300 set to land in Adelaide in September. All going well and no crazy Covid-19 outbreaks ensuing, this might be the start of a return to normal for Australian universities, student accommodation providers and our economy.

As with any new arrival, the students will need to undertake two weeks of hotel quarantine, before they can move into their student accommodation or share houses. Plus they’ll need to be doing their very best to keep their share house covid-safe.

So what does this mean for South Australia?

It’s safe to say that South Australian student accommodation owners and co-living providers will greatly appreciate this boost in arrivals and * prays * cashflow. New arrivals bring a whole bunch of new people to the state to spend money, so this is great news for restaurants, cafes, transport and travel services and SA tourism.

If you’re a new arrival to Aus or hope to be very soon, take a look at our [moving to Australia guide]{:target=”_blank”}, just so you know what you’re in for.

If you’re in South Australia and have a spare room, why not offer up your place to new arrivals who will need safe and secure housing? On the flip side, if you’re in need of some student accommodation in the City of Churches, we have a range of properties on our site that could become your new home.

We’re crossing our fingers and toes that this pilot is successful and we can see a return of international students to the rest of the country. If you currently reside in a city other than Adelaide and you’re not fully content on where you’re living, have you thought about moving?

While the decline in international students and travellers has significantly hurt our economy, it has opened up a whole stack of dream listings in highly popular suburbs, normally filled by our international crowd. Now could be the perfect time to move before the borders open back up.




Claudia is Flatmates' Associate Product Manager and looks after our Flatmates Community. She loves her share house, her plants and her side-hustles.