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