Adelaide Pop: 1.2m+ State: South Australia Other medical schools: University of Adelaide Distance from other cities: Melbourne (739km), Sydney (1400km), Brisbane (1900km) Temperature (mean): Max 22C (72F), Min 12C (54F) **All costs from here on are quoted in AUD** Current exchange rate (July25, 2011): 1 AUD = 1.025 CAD = 1.084 USD Flinders Medical School (stats from www.Medinoz.com and other sources) International spots: ~20 Cost: $186000 over four years (~$46000/year + equipment/books) Transition to MD program: Not anticipated till around 2014 and will not affect current class of 2012. As it stands, BMBS=MBBS=MD in North America anyways when graduating from a GEMP program. MD in Australia, India, UK and other countries using this model is associated with a higher research degree and can generally be considered the medical equivalent to a PhD. Housing **Options include living on campus or off campus (obviously!) or special housing located at the medical center** Deirdre Jordan Village - on campus (recommended by several current Flinderst students) Fully furnished townhouse style, self-catered accommodations usually housing senior students Older units hold 2-3 students while newer buildings house up to 5 student per house Upper level units have a balcony; lower level units have a patio (beers on the patio!) "common living/dining area, a fully equipped kitchen, bathroom & toilet facilities, secure storage space for each resident, very generous desks, study chairs and a single bed in bedrooms as well as individual telephones and data connections. All new units have airconditioning in the common areas." Very close to the medical school (~10minutes) and some of the newer buildings are very nice. Cost: $1660 per quarter = $3320 per semester. If you choose to stay only one semester then there is a surcharge of $240 plus your entire semester is to be paid in advance. There is a $350 bond included in the cost for all terms of stay. Laundry facilities are coin operated (except if you live in the older townhouses where you get a free washing machine; thanks to Raigon) http://www.flinders.edu.au/housing/on-campus/deirdre-jordan-village/ FMC Flats (on campus) Must be a medical student, visiting elective student or staff to be eligible Located 400m south of FMC Fully furnished single bedroom bedsits or 2-3 bedroom flats available (demand for 2-3 bedroom flats is very high) – additional furniture is allowed provided it does not cause damage Facilities and amenities are almost identical to Deirdre Jordan Village Cost: Bedsit ($273/fortnight); Flat ($483/fortnight) – all prices do not include GST Private Housing (off-campus) http://rent.flinders.edu.au/accommodation/ - great website from Flinders university itself that allows landlords to list their properties for rent. Can filter searches by price, distance from campus, neighbourhood and type of housing (ie. 1BR, studio, etc) - thanks to Astrokitty for the link Prices for all listings are PER WEEK (very confusing from North America where prices are quoted per month). Keep that in mind and also factor in that some places include utilities in the per week cost University Hall (on campus) Meant more for undergrads and have dorm-style housing. I didn't look into this at all. http://www.flinders.edu.au/housing/on-campus/university-hall/ Internet Internet in Australia is essentially pay per use (you pay for how much you download/upload) If you are connected to the medical school network on level 5 in the FMC internet usage is unlimited (ADSL2+)...so stay later to download the newest episodes of Entourage and House on the school's bandwidth allowance TPG (local provider) provides unlimited ADSL2 service for those staying off campus; service is $59.90 per month with a phone line included. Download speeds range from ~700-800kb/s and the connection can be shared between several students sharing accommodation. TPG can be set up in Deirdre Jordan Village for those sharing a townhouse (thanks to Cosycactus for this info) Those staying in on campus accommodations can purchase an internet card ($49) that gives them 30GB of internet (not sure if this is per month/per semester/per year)***** ***Disclaimer*** The information above IS NOT my own opinion. It is based on information that I have compiled through various conversation with current students as well as recent graduates of the program and Faculty through the admissions process. This is very Adelaide specific and I have not included anything regarding internships/visas/tsunamis or other terrifying things...JUST YET. My aim in writing this was to have kind of a central location where students could come and look something up instead of sifting through 50pgs of a thread trying to find the information. That way we can also just direct people to this thread when they have a question instead of being an @$$ and saying "use the search function"...although sometimes that is justified. If you have anything I should include PLEASE PM ME the info so that we can keep the thread info in one place. If we want to discuss stuff underneath that's totally cool but I just mean in terms of keeping one MASTER document with all the info, PM me and I'll add it into the thread asap. Don't worry, I'll credit you with the info where I can Finally a BIG thanks to everyone that has helped contribute and advised me. I look forward to meeting all of you and my fellow classmates in February 2012!!!