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.

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