New Zealand || Living Expenses

Student Accommodation

There are several accommodation options for international students and it is important to consider whether you prefer an independent lifestyle or enjoy living in a community.
Various types of accommodation are mentioned below

Halls of Residence
Halls of Residence are generally located a short walk from campus. Rooms are single or twin-share, with communal laundry, lounge room and dining hall. Meals are usually provided, and all dietary needs can be catered for. This type of accommodation is good for students who wish to meet new people and live in a secure, safe environment.
Average cost: Around NZ$200 per week.

Home stay or Private Accommodation
Home stay means you live with a New Zealand family in their home – usually with a room of your own. Your Home stay family provides your meals and helps you with day-to-day life in New Zealand.
Home stay accommodation is an excellent way to meet New Zealanders.
As a guest in your host family’s home you are expected to contribute to normal family life, a great way to experience Kiwi culture.
Average cost:  Around NZ$180 per week.

Flatting or Independent Accommodation
Flatting gives you the flexibility to live with as many people as you like – males or females.
Flats range from one bedroom apartments to 3 or 5 bedroom homes.
Rental accommodation is generally clustered around colleges or universities, but flats can be found in most city suburbs.

Many rental properties in New Zealand come with a garden, and have car-parking.
An oven is provided and sometimes other larger appliances such as washing machines and dishwashers.

Usually a "bond" (2 – 4 weeks rent) is paid to your landlord. This is returned to you when you move out – providing the house has not been damaged in any way.
Average Cost: $70 - $150 rent per week, plus expenses (food, electricity, phone, water etc) 

Cost of living

It is generally recommended that international students allow NZ$9,000 to $13,000 per year for living and accommodation costs. This includes accommodation, food, travel, textbooks and limited entertainment.


Amount per year


$7200 - $10600


$600 - $900


$1600 - $1900

Utilities (Electricity, Gas, Water) - $25 per week

$750 - $1000

Medical and Travel Insurance

$400 - $600

Personal Expenses (Recreation, Clothing, In-country trips)

$1000 - $1600

Bus Transport: $25 per week(Some parts of NZ is free bus service)

$900 - $1200

Textbooks and Supplies

$600 - $750

The costs indicated above are average estimates only

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