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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 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.

Additional Costs

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