Kaurna for stay and learn

Tika Tirka is a new accommodation service for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from remote and outer regional communities studying in Adelaide.

The Tika Tirka facility is built and operates on Kaurna Land and we reflect our deep respect by dedication of the building name in Kaurna language, meaning to sit/stay and learn. We acknowledge the Kaurna people as the custodians of the Adelaide region and we pay our respects to elders past and present.

The 20-bed apartment style facility in the Adelaide CBD accommodates post-secondary students from remote and regional locations engaged in further education and training. During its first year, Tika Tirka will accommodate students, with a view to expand to other post-secondary education.  If you fall into this student category, please contact us to register your interest.

The innovative space features a mix of flexible common and private living areas.

A unique project

A unique project, Tika Tirka enjoys support from schools, tertiary and vocational providers, key Aboriginal staff and leaders in State Government and the not-for-profit sector, families and current students.

It’s based on a model that provides students with the best opportunity to be successful in their education and learning, allowing young Aboriginal people to independently live and study in a metropolitan environment while fulfilling their cultural and heritage needs.

Why live at Tika Tirka?

  • Be part of a culturally supportive and welcoming community that displays respect and consideration for others
  • Be centrally located to university campuses, public transport and the hub of the Adelaide CBD
  • Live in a safe and secure environment
  • Join in a range of personal development programs as well as various community programs and events
  • Enjoy affordable living with all utilities and Wi-Fi access provided
  • Soak up the sun in the central courtyard or outdoor rooftop garden.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who can live at Tika Tirka?

    Any student over 18 years of age and up to 26 years of age is eligible to live at Tika Tirka.

    You’ll also need to identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, be eligible for ABSTUDY, come from a remote or outer regional community and be already engaged or enrolled to commence in tertiary education.

  • Accommodation and living facilities

    The facility provides 20 beds for students in a range of accommodation types, including 14 single apartments and three spaces that allow people to share.


    On the ground floor you’ll find office, reception and kitchen spaces, as well as large communal dining and lounge areas.  This floor also has meeting rooms and bike storage.


    Common, shared living areas, including a domestic scale kitchen, living areas and bedrooms are on the first and second floors.

  • Independent living

    At Tika Tirka you have the freedom to purchase your own groceries and prepare your own meals. But if you can’t find your way around a kitchen yet, don’t worry. Tika Tirka staff will be on hand to support you. It’s also a great way to socialise with your fellow residents.

    You’ll also find a fully equipped laundry on the top floor. Just bring your own detergent.

    All bedroom, bathroom and kitchen needs are supplied, and you can have fun personalising your space with your own bedding or decorations.

  • Soak up the sun in the central courtyard or rooftop garden

    Tika Tirka has great outdoor areas for those sunny days. A central courtyard provides a protected space and creates a natural light-well, allowing the core spaces of the building to be well-lit. There’s also another outdoor garden space on the rooftop.

  • How do I express an interest

    Contact your Aboriginal Student Support unit at your chosen university and let them know you’re interested in living at Tika Tirka.

    They’ll assess your suitability and liaise with Tika Tirka about vacancies. Your university will recommend you to Tika Tirka and consideration will then be given to your application.

    You’ll then be notified of your acceptance or otherwise through your university.

Tika Tirka is:

  • a 10-minute walk to Central Market
  • a 30-minute tram ride to Glenelg beach
  • a 30-minute walk to CBD university campuses
  • a 20-minute walk to Rundle Mall
  • a 25-minute walk to Adelaide Railway Station

Want to know more?

  • About your eligibility, please speak with the Aboriginal Student Support unit at the university where you are enrolled
  • Email:  Tikatirka@sa.gov.au
  • Phone:  (08) 8470 9491