The University of Adelaide [An Unbiased Review by A Life That Travels]

The University of Adelaide [An Unbiased Review by A Life That Travels]

October 12, 2019 2 By Stanley Isaacs


Good day! I’m Rob and welcome to A Life That Travels,
and in today’s episode we’re at the University of Adelaide. Let me show you around, and we’re going to talk to students about what it’s actually like to study here. So no propaganda.
This is the truth about what students at the
University of Adelaide think about studying at this place. Let’s go have a look around. (wind chime music) (techno music) What’s the Uni of Adelaide all about? This place is old. It was founded in 1874 and as you wonder around, there is tonnes of sandstone
absolutely everywhere. Why’s that? Because one- it’s one of
Australia’s, you know, we call them the sandstone universities. It’s one of the oldest universities and it’s actually ranked… Basically number eight in Australia. What’s a ranking mean? We’ll talk a little bit more about that. Pretty comprehensive university. It’s got most types of
subjects available here. All of those kind of details, you’ll find on their website, of course. University of Adelaide…
it’s comprehensive institution teaching undergraduate plus graduate and research degrees here. It is one of the Group of Eight, which means it does have a
very high focus on research- and importantly, for you, if
you’re coming here to study, it’s got one of the best
staff to student ratios in Australia. So that’s obviously a
phenomenal advantage. There are four campuses,
University of Adelaide. The campus we’re on today
is the North Terrace campus. This is the main campus. It’s actually an
absolutely stunning place. You know, the sandstone
buildings everywhere. Some incredible park lands, and then down, like the far end of campus- it’s actually the northern end of campus- you actually run into Torrens River. So it’s like this beautiful river scape where you can walk, you can run, and it’s incredibly scenic. One of the things definitely picked up, in terms of a vibe around here: it’s a really good
student vibe and culture. Lots of facilities here, so… There’s been amazing stuff
down in the central hub. People are able to heat up their food. Heaps of chill out spaces,
heaps of study spaces, and I know the university’s
invested heavily in that kind of
infrastructure over the years. Just making sure that it’s a place that people actually
want to come and study. You know, Adelaide’s glorious. People sitting outside on the grass. Enjoying the out doors.
That sort of stuff. The institution has definitely invested in creating those kind of spaces, which is fantastic, and like all good
universities in Australia, heaps of facilities here. Great library facilities.
They’re building tonnes here at the University of Adelaide, and that’s been going on for some years. So, incredible infrastructure. On-campus accommodation,
off-campus accommodation. Accommodation, actually,
at the centre of Adelaide is not that complicated to organise, and the university does have support to organise those sorts of things. That’s honestly a real positive, but I think what you really wanna hear is what students actually
say about studying here. So, let’s go and talk
to some of the students up in the central hub area. So centre of the university,
here at North Terrace. It’s kinda like where all
the food eateries are, places to study are. So let’s go and have a
chat with some people about what they think
it’s like to study here. – I personal enjoy it. Yeah there’s lots of
like, different variety and subjects you can
choose, stuff like that. So, I like it here. – I would say it’s very theory based, as opposed to practical,
hands on learning. Which can be a bit
frustrating at times, I find. – [Sam] I like the campus. How it’s like, quite spread out in a way, but it’s also quite close together. It’s like easy to get around. – [Kyle] It’s in the city, so it’s like, close to the mall. People are pretty friendly. – Not really surprised, but I guess it’s a lot of like, independent learning. It’s not like… the tutors
will give you that much help in terms of doing your work on time, doing all your readings
and stuff like that. So that’s something that
I didn’t expect to be as kind of full on for
some of my subjects. – I like the options.
I like how easy it is just to choose what you want. How easy it is to talk to
people about what you want. If you are struggling, you
can just go to the faculty. They help you- it’s just, it’s easy. If you’re struggling,
there’s help centres. Like first G, had P.A.S.S students helping you, if you want to. Again, optional.
You just go when you want. I’m kinda surprised by how much it was just you being independent. Like, you just pick your own subject. You enrol in the classes you want. It’s just you doing what you want. – I guess the unique
thing about our degree is that we’ve got such a
broad area of like, industry. So there’s like radio or marketing or journalism, that sort of thing. – You know, movie production, game model- like yeah, the media
degree was really broad and that’s why I chose it, because I did media studies in year 12 and I loved it and I was like, I’m good at this. This is what I want to do at uni. The media degree is broad enough that you can major in marketing or something to find your niche or find what you’re really good at. – [Rob] You guys part of
clubs and stuff like that? Like good opportunities? – [Cat] We’re both part of three clubs. (both girls laugh) – There’s so many, so many. – Yeah there’s like a lot. There’s like faculty,
like if you’re interested getting more into what you study or there’s sports if
you’re really into sports. – Uni games. – [Rob] So very solid
ratings all together, and most importantly, the national average for satisfaction is around 80 percent. So not withstanding
that, kind of variability from degree to degree-
Adelaide is kind of like, doing well in terms of
student satisfaction, which is good to know. A couple of things that you
need to know about getting here. Firstly, public transport
to the North Terrace campus anyway is really good. You’ve got the mainline
trains just down the road, about 800 metres away. So it’s only a ten minute
walk up from there, plenty of buses running up and down North Terrace all the time. Parking is a little bit
of a mongrel here, though. There’s not a huge amount of parking, and it is relatively expensive. So for those people who aren’t accessible on public transport, a
little bit of a headache in terms of getting here. Adelaide is, you know, a
very cycle friendly city. So getting here by bike- there are actually bike
racks all over the place. And literally as I speak,
right behind me there is one of the bike sheds. Very secure bike shed
facility for people to park their bikes during the day, right opposite the engineering building. Which is pretty funky. I love this place.
It’s incredible. Okay lads, so let’s talk about rankings. Now I’m not a huge fan of rankings because it’s such an
individual, personal thing, you know, what you’re
going to be studying, whether an institution is right for you. And there’s a lot of variability in how the rankings are established. So my advice to you is,
always take rankings with a grain of salt. But the University of Adelaide does rank incredibly well on all of the major university global rankings
that are out there. As I said before, number
eight in Australia. It’s part of the Group
of Eight universities, which means it’s one of the top research universities in the country. Does turn out a lot of research, and does have some pretty
amazing facilities. So, on those metrics it
ranks very, very well. (happy music)