Tika Tirka FAQs

What is the Tika Tirka project?

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

Tika Tirka 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.

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

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 with others from diverse cultures and heritages.

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.

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 or supported by other funding arrangements, come from a remote or outer regional community and be already engaged or enrolled to commence in tertiary education or vocational training.

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.

How close is it to facilities and sights in Adelaide?

Tika Tirka is within close proximity to several facilities such as:

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

How  do I express interest?

Contact your Aboriginal Student Support unit at your chosen university, your training provider or employer and let them know you’re interested in living at Tika Tirka. They can make a nomination on your behalf.

Alternatively, you can contact ACHL directly.

Residents accepted into the program sign a Tika Tirka rooming house agreement.

Want to know more?

If you would like to know more, please contact our ACHL staff via:

Email at tika.tirka@achl.org.au

Phone us on (08) 8210 0200

Read our Tika Tirka news release.