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.

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 $305 – 375
Electricity, water and gas Included in fee
Internet Included in homestay fee
Mobile phone plan $10 – 45
Public Transport $7 – 35
Food Included in homestay fee + $60 per school week 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


Explore NZ

See stunning scenery and unique wildlife, climb gorgeous mountains, and swim in sparkling lakes and beaches.


Studying in NZ

The world-class New Zealand education system is designed to support and encourage creativity and critical thinking at every level.