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Would I like New Zealand?

Whether you’re planning to study at secondary school, take a university degree, or a short course in English language, New Zealand has a lot to offer. Lots of people come here to study and there are plenty of opportunities for you to reach your goals and enjoy our way of life too. What could be better than balancing hard work with your choice of sport and recreation? It’s easy to do in New Zealand

Kiwis enjoy a more relaxed lifestyle than people in many other countries. They enjoy an excellent quality of life that compares well with other western nations

The cost of living varies, depending on where you live, what accommodation you choose, the study options you decide on, and your lifestyle.

Cost of living in New Zealand

This is a really important question for you now that you’re seriously thinking about coming to New Zealand for study. Kiwis enjoy a more casual lifestyle than many other countries, and it doesn’t have to be too expensive either. Costs vary depending on where you live, the study that you decide to do, and your lifestyle.

For a student New Zealand is  cheaper than Britain and about the same as Australia, and you can have a great time while you’re here.

Education costs

At university or an institute of technology your course fees can be up to NZD18,000 per year for undergraduate study and NZD25,000 for post-graduate courses. It depends on the course you choose.

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Short courses at language schools will be less expensive than a full year at a university. 

Living expenses

You probably need to budget for up to $20,000 in living expenses each year. You’ll need less in Dunedin than in Auckland because usually costs are lower the further south you go in New Zealand.

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Student housing

If you apply for enrolment from overseas, you’ll need a written guarantee of suitable accommodation before a student visa can be granted. You must also be able to show that you have enough funds to support you during their stay in New Zealand.

There are three main choices of housing for students:

  • Homestays or private board – this is a room of your own in a private home, usually with a family. Breakfast and your evening meal are provided. It can be a great way to meet Kiwis and improve your English 
  • Student hostels or halls of residence– these are residential buildings, usually located on the campus or close to it. You’ll either have a room of your own, or share with one other student. Your meals are provided and there are often organised activities.
  • “Flatting” –  you can rent a house or flat (apartment) on your own or with other people. Most flats are unfurnished and you have to do your own cooking and cleaning.

Students often go to a homestay when they first arrive in New Zealand and then move out later. It’s good fun to be with other students, but your homestay family can help when everything is new and strange.  It isn’t usually difficult to find somewhere pleasant to live. And your school or university will help too.


New Zealand is an easy place to travel around, both in the cities and out in the countryside. This is mainly because New Zealand is small and uncrowded.

There are public transport networks throughout the country. All the bigger towns and cities have public transport systems. Public transport is less available in rural areas and it’s more necessary to own your own car.



Job related Studies

Having a New Zealand qualification is really useful. You may be able to get work in New Zealand when you finish studying, especially if your English is good. Or when you go home your New Zealand qualification will be recognised and will help to get you the job you want