- Current students
Research shows that the cost of living in New Zealand is considerably cheaper than many other English-speaking countries, such as the United Kingdom, the United States and Australia. As a guide, allow NZ$10,000 to NZ$12,000 per year for general living costs, including accommodation.
The following is a breakdown of approximate living costs for one academic year:
Accommodation and course-related costs per academic year
|Accommodation||NZ$6,000 to NZ$8,000|
Other living costs
|Bus ride from Unitec to the city centre||NZ$4|
|Travel and medical insurance||NZ$500 per year|
|A taxi ride per 5km||NZ$8|
|One day of skiing||NZ$250|
|Tickets to a sports event at Eden Park||NZ$15 each|
|Tickets to an international music concert or theatre event||NZ$45|
Food and drink
|McDonald's combo meal||NZ$5.95 to NZ$7.95|
|A loaf of bread||NZ$2.50|
|A litre of milk||NZ$1.90|
|Lunch from campus cafe||NZ$5 to NZ$10|
Cars and associated costs
If you own a car allow up to NZ$1000 a year for running costs. These costs will be made up of:
- Car insurance – this is usually an annual premium
- Warrant of Fitness (WoF) – cars that are six years or older require a new WoF every six months; under six years old they only require a WoF annually
- Car registration – you can pay for either six or twelve months
- Fuel and oil
- Car and tyre maintenance/servicing.
The Automobile Association (AA) has information on the costs of running a car, and lists cars for sale.
Costs for dependants of student permit holders
If you hold a New Zealand study permit, your dependents will need medical insurance. As a dependant, they will also be charged full-cost fees to attend schools, which range from NZ$4,000 to NZ$6,000 per year at the primary level, and between NZ$8, 000 and NZ$12,000 at the secondary level.
If you are studying a programme that is either postgraduate and/or listed on the short-term skills category, tuition fees for your dependants’ schooling may be free of charge. Your partner may also be able to apply for a work visa.
Visit Immigration New Zealand for more information.