Studying in Auckland

Auckland is New Zealand’s economic hub and biggest city – vibrant and busy, with clean air and friendly people.

A growing Asia-Pacific centre of excellence, Auckland consistently rates as one of the best places in the world to live and study.

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Economist Intelligence Unit 2021 Global Liveability Index


most liveable city in the world

Economist Intelligence Unit 2021 Global Liveability Index

Top 40

global student-friendly cities

QS World University Rankings 2023

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commercial and business centre of New Zealand


most peaceful country in the world

Global Peace Index 2022


city for job opportunities, climate and lifestyle

New Zealand is a smart choice for students seeking an exceptional international education in a unique and beautiful place. Our education system is one of the best in the world, and we offer a great lifestyle full of unique opportunities and experiences.

Explore while you study

New Zealand is proudly multicultural, and we respect and welcome international students. The New Zealand Government’s Code of Practice requires education providers to keep students safe and well during their study, including during their recreational time.

New Zealand has it all – excellent universities, a great lifestyle, diverse communities, vibrant cities, stunning natural scenery and an unbeatable range of outdoor activities, all within a small area. Cities such as Auckland and Wellington offer plenty of cultural activities, while those who love the great outdoors have glaciers, mountains, rainforests and coastlines to explore.

Living Costs

New Zealand is an affordable study destination, with options to suit every budget

Covering your living costs

To get a New Zealand student visa, students must prove that they can cover their living costs. These can vary depending on which part of New Zealand students study in, what sort of lifestyle they want to live, and whether they can get a part-time job. Most student visas allow students to work up to 20 hours a week in term time, and full-time in the holidays.

Cost of LivingHomestay estimated weekly cost in NZ$
Accommodation$360 – $390
Electricity, water and gasIncluded in homestay fee
InternetIncluded in homestay fee
Mobile phone plan$5 – $15
Public Transport$0 – $35
FoodIncluded in full-board homestay fee
Free time activities$50 – $150

  This table is only applicable to Homestay prices. 


Costs can vary depending on lifestyle, accommodation, and hobbies and interests. However, for a reasonable standard of living, we think students need about $20,000- $27,000 a year.

Additional Costs

  • Flights to and from New Zealand
  • Tuition fees
  • Clothes

Explore New Zealand

Studying in New Zealand gives international students the chance to explore beautiful sights and exciting destinations.

Students may be surprised by how much of our spectacular country they’ll be able to explore in their study breaks. See stunning scenery and unique wildlife, climb gorgeous mountains, and swim in sparkling lakes and beaches. For a change of pace, try some of New Zealand’s famous adventure sports and activities – from bungy jumping to white water rafting.

Our mild climate means tourism runs all year round. With a good network of domestic airlines, and affordable buses and trains, it’s easy to reach all the experiences, beauty and wide open spaces that New Zealand has to offer.