Courting days for Emilee and friends
FOR 20-year-old singleton Emilee Cooper, Bedford Park is the perfect place to live.
For her, it is the ideal distance from the “hustle and bustle” of Adelaide’s CBD.
The second-year student, who is studying animal behaviour at Flinders Univeristy, lives at Deirdre Jordan Village on the southern suburbs’ campus. “I really like the campus up here, it’s very open and it is nice to be away from the city ... but not too far and we’re also not that far from the beach – we normally head to Glenelg or Brighton,” she says.
If there is a downside of life at Bedford Park, it is the limited number of places to go out socially.
“Other than the beach, we might go to the pub sometimes or social events on at uni – like balls and pub crawls – but that’s about it,” she says.
However, the keen netballer is part of the newly-formed Flinders University Netball Club, playing in the inaugural winter team and again this summer season.
Ms Cooper admits it can be hard to meet someone romantically who has similar interests.
Census figures show 62 per cent of people aged between 25 and 34 residing in Bedford Park are single – and there are 92 men and 150 females.
“Socially these days, it can be hard to go out and meet and talk to people who like the same things as you do ... it’s actually really hard to find a nice person,” she said.
“Some of us do stress and worry we won’t meet anyone but other friends are just happy to be single, focusing on themselves, their study and things like that.”
She says the netball club is hoping to forge a partnership with the uni’s football club and go on joint social outings.
And what about Tinder? “It’s not that bad but it is kind of old news these days and not that many people I know use it any more,” she said.