University Spotlight – University of South Australia

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Find out what you need to know about studying at the University of South Australia in this University Spotlight.

Campuses & Access

The University of South Australia has six campuses, with four in Adelaide and two in regional locations. All city campuses are easily accessible by public transport. The Magill, Mawson Lakes, Mount Gambier, and Whyalla campuses all have on-site parking.

Most of the paths and buildings across all campuses are accessible by wheelchair, with most buildings containing lifts for access to upper floors.

Online Learning

UniSA offer a large variety of courses to study fully online, including in arts, business, law, engineering, communications, health, and more.

Online students are able to access specialised personal and academic support services, as well as online tutors.

Find out more about studying online at UniSA here.

Study Options

UniSA offer undergraduate courses in all standard study areas, including Aviation.

You can study double degrees at UniSA; however, you cannot apply straight out of school. You will need to complete a set number of units from your first degree, then apply to have a second degree added.

UniSA also offer their Fast-track to Masters program, allowing you to package a Master’s degree with your undergraduate degree and complete both in less time than it would take to study them separately.

The academic year is split across two semesters, each divided into three study periods. They also offer an optional Summer term. There is a mid-year break between semesters. Classes are not scheduled over the Christmas and New Year period. You can view the full academic calendar for the year here.

The structure of most courses at UniSA is quite rigid, with subjects only offered in certain semesters and must be taken in a set order. You can find out more about specific courses and subjects here.

Accommodation & Living

UniSA offers a single accommodation option through Scape, located in the Adelaide CBD.

2023 prices for Scape at UniSA vary between $209 to $479 per week per person, depending on size. The fees include all utility bills – electricity, water, and internet (Wi-Fi). All room options come fully furnished. There are also lots of facilities on-site, including a gym, study rooms, and laundry services.

Contracts are offered on either a 6- or 12-month basis. Students must reapply for accommodation at the end of their contract.

You can see all accommodation options and application processes here.

Living off campus in Adelaide can get quite expensive (the current median rental price for an apartment in Adelaide City is $490 per week), and rental options are generally highly competitive. More affordable options further away can mean a very long travel time to and from campus. Rental options close to regional campuses in Mount Gambier and Whyalla are much cheaper compared to city prices.

Campus & Teaching Facilities

There are cafés and eateries at each UniSA campus, and individual campuses have facilities that include museums, galleries, clinics, and even a planetarium. There are also over 100 clubs for students to join and meet people with similar interests, and social sporting teams.

Each campus has a dedicated library, as well as specialist teaching facilities, including lecture theatres, studios, laboratories, and simulated working spaces.

You can find out more about UniSA on-campus facilities here.

Student Support

UniSA offer a wide variety of dedicated student support services, including academic and study support, disability and inclusion support, support for LGBTQIA+ students, support for Indigenous students, health and wellbeing services, and counselling and legal help services.

Information about support services can be accessed on their website here.

Career Development & Industry Partnerships

UniSA offers a variety of career services for current students and graduates.

Many of their degrees have been co-designed with industry partners.

UniSA has strong industry connections with over 2,500 companies worldwide. They are also home to an Enterprise Hub, allowing businesses to connect with university researchers and students.

Information Accessibility

UniSA’s university is modern and easy to navigate, with functionality that works across all major browsers. It has a handy search function and essential information about courses, scholarships, and support options are easy to find.

Tours & Information Sessions

You can take a virtual tour of each UniSA campus here. You can also book an in-person tour of both regional campuses.

UniSA run both online and on campus information events for future students regularly throughout the year. You can view the upcoming calendar of events here.

Next Steps

If you’re interested in study at the University of South Australia and want to find out more information, the best way to do this is to contact them, either by phone on 08 8302 2376, or by submitting an enquiry online.

UniSA also run one Open Day at each campus a year, usually around August.

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