Life in
New Zealand

Welcome to New Zealand, a beautiful, unique and exciting place to live and study.

Manaakitanga, a Maori word that loosely translates as ‘hospitality’, sums up the welcoming spirit of New Zealanders who offer visitors this hospitality with generosity and respect.


As part of a Kiwi study experience, you will make social connections and business contacts you’ll treasure forever, forming lifelong friendships with new and interesting people from New Zealand and around the world.

Students who choose homestay accommodation get the chance to interact with a New Zealand host family and their friends, a great way to experience New Zealand life and practise English at the same time.

Choose your city

UP Education has well equipped campuses in both Auckland and Wellington.

Getting around

Depending where you live, you can get around central Auckland and Wellington by cycling or walking. Both cities offer good bus networks, commuter trains and ferries.

Studying in New Zealand

New Zealand is a smart choice for students seeking an exceptional international education in a unique and beautiful place. Our education system is one of the best in the world, and we offer a great lifestyle full of unique opportunities and experiences.

Qualifications that count

At any level of study, students can gain an education in New Zealand that will help ensure future success. They will be encouraged to develop creative thinking and problem-solving skills, and will be supported in all aspects of study.

If a student plans to go to university, New Zealand offers a great selection – our eight universities all feature in the QS World University Rankings 2018/19. That’s impressive considering New Zealand’s population is only around 4.5 million.

Explore while you study

New Zealand is proudly multicultural, and we respect and welcome international students. The New Zealand Government’s Code of Practice requires education providers to keep students safe and well during their study, including during their recreational time.

New Zealand has it all – excellent universities, a great lifestyle, diverse communities, vibrant cities, stunning natural scenery and an unbeatable range of outdoor activities, all within a small area. Cities such as Auckland and Wellington offer plenty of cultural activities, while those who love the great outdoors have glaciers, mountains, rainforests and coastlines to explore.


Living Costs

New Zealand is an affordable study destination, with options to suit every budget

Covering your living costs

To get a New Zealand student visa, students must prove that they can cover their living costs. These can vary depending on which part of New Zealand students study in, what sort of lifestyle they want to live, and whether they can get a part-time job. Most student visas allow students to work up to 20 hours a week in term time, and full-time in the holidays.

Cost of LivingHomestay estimated weekly cost in NZ$
Accommodation$280 – $315
Electricity, water and gasIncluded in fee
InternetIncluded in homestay fee
Mobile phone plan$5 – $15
Public Transport$0 – $35
FoodIncluded in homestay fee + $10 per school day for lunch
Free time activities$50 – $150

Costs can vary depending on lifestyle, accommodation, and hobbies and interests. However, for a reasonable standard of living, we think students need about $20,000- $25,000 a year.

Additional Costs

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

Explore New Zealand

Experience everything New Zealand has to offer

Studying in New Zealand gives international students the chance to explore beautiful sights and exciting destinations.

Students may be surprised by how much of our spectacular country they’ll be able to explore in their study breaks. See stunning scenery and unique wildlife, climb gorgeous mountains, and swim in sparkling lakes and beaches. For a change of pace, try some of New Zealand’s famous adventure sports and activities – from bungy jumping to white water rafting.

Our mild climate means tourism runs all year round. With a good network of domestic airlines, and affordable buses and trains, it’s easy to reach all the experiences, beauty and wide open spaces that New Zealand has to offer.


In Auckland, students can bungy jump from the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere, climb a volcano, and go whale watching. Hop on a ferry from the CBD and visit islands in and around the harbour, or head out to one of the wild West Coast surf beaches. The city is filled with cafes, bars, and restaurants, and on weekends students can visit food festivals, arts and crafts markets, and music shows. For some local wildlife, they can visit the Auckland Zoo, Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium, Butterfly Creek or the Reptile Park.


The city of Hamilton has stunning gardens, great shopping and a popular nightlife and restaurant scene, including award-winning eateries and exciting entertainment. In the centre of the North Island,  students can easily visit iconic attractions such as the Hobbiton Movie Set, Waitomo Caves, and the surf beaches of Raglan, as well as Waikato’s bush clad mountains, stunning waterfalls and hot mineral pools.


Along the waterfront, The Strand is modern and always buzzing, with plenty of cafes, restaurants and pubs. Fishing, sailing, diving and dolphin tours are easy to arrange. The region offers exciting events all year round, including cultural festivals, sports events, concerts and theatre. A 15-minute drive takes you to popular Mount Maunganui, with ocean-beach swimming and surfing, cycling and walking, and plenty more cafes and nightclubs.


Walking, mountain biking, horse riding, swimming and fishing are some of the best ways to see Rotorua’s wildlife and breathtaking scenery. The area is a geothermal zone with mud pools, steam vents and rock formations. Rotorua also has a thermally-heated, central city alfresco dining zone known as Eat Street, plus other popular food and craft markets. From Rotorua, it is less than two hours’ drive to the ski fields at Mt Ruapehu, and less than an hour to the nearest beach towns.


New Zealand’s capital city Wellington is known for its lively nightlife and world-class restaurants. The hub of New Zealand’s craft beer revolution, Wellington has experimental breweries and specialist bars popping up all over the city. Home to national museums, galleries and theatres, Wellington is at the heart of New Zealand’s arts and culture scene, and is the venue for the famed World of Wearable Arts (WOW).


Christchurch is the gateway to the Canterbury region and the spectacular South Island of New Zealand. There are over 250 events, concerts and festivals held in Christchurch every year. Ski fields, surf breaks, swimming beaches and rivers, cycle ways and walking tracks are all within an hours’ drive of the city.


Historic Dunedin values its heritage, architecture and wildlife – including the world’s rarest penguins and the world’s only mainland breeding colony of Royal Albatross. Dunedin’s student population brings vibrant music, arts and culture to the city.
Contact us

345 Queen St
Auckland, New Zealand

Postal address
PO Box 78-359
Grey Lynn, Auckland 1245

T +64 9 307 5399
F +64 9 377 7125


Level 3, West wing
Wellington Railway Station
2 Bunny St
Wellington 6011, New Zealand

T +64 4 9795566

From 11:59pm on 2 November, Auckland, the Northwest Waikato (including Hamilton), and the Upper Northland are at Alert Level 3. Students will continue their studies online. For certain courses, onsite learning will resume under strict Level 3 guidelines. You will be notified if this applies to you. The rest of New Zealand remains at Alert Level 2. For regular Alert Level updates, visit the Unite Against COVID-19 website.