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