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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

Covering your living costs

To obtain a New Zealand student visa, students must provide evidence that they can cover student living costs while studying. Living costs will depend on where the student is studying, as some costs vary according to the region. Costs are also affected by lifestyle and whether the student can secure paid work. Most student visas allow them to work up to 20 hours per week during term time, and full time in the holidays.

Cost of Living Homestay estimated weekly cost in NZ$
Accommodation $280 – 315
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 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