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Living Costs

With options to suit different budgets, and living costs close to those in other OECD countries, New Zealand is an affordable study destination.

International Student

Living costs

For students studying in New Zealand without any parents, the following is a guideline to potential living costs.

Cost of Living Homestay estimated weekly cost in NZ$
Accommodation $280 – 345
Electricity, water and gas Included in fee
Internet Included in homestay fee
Mobile phone plan $5 – 15
Public Transport $0 – 35
Food Included in homestay fee + $10 per school day for lunch
Free time activities $50 – 150

Costs may vary depending on individual lifestyle, location of homestay or flat, and student’s hobbies, etc.

We estimate that to enjoy a reasonable standard of living, independent students require $20,000 – $25,000 per year.

Additional Costs

  • Flight tickets to and from New Zealand
  • Tuition fees
  • Text books and learning materials
  • Clothes