Living Expenses

The cost of living differs between cities in New Zealand. However, approximate living costs are

Accommodation
Homestay fees are $230 per week.

If you are in a homestay, you may spend about $100 per week on lunches during the week, bus fares, entertainment etc.

Flats / Apartments
Average prices for flatmate positions range from $70 to $120 per week (+ expenses), and average rent for houses starts from about $200 per week (3 bedrooms, unfurnished).
If you are living alone, you may spend about:

  NZ$
Electricity: $30 per week (summer); $45 per week (winter)
Telephone: $15 per week
Bus fares: $25 per week
Food: $100 per week
Total: $170 per week (summer); $185 per week (winter)

If you are sharing, you may spend about:

  NZ$
Electricity: $15 per week (summer); $25 per week (winter)
Telephone: $8 per week
Bus fares: $25 per week
Food: $80 per week
Total: $128 per week (summer); $138 per week (winter)

A lot more information about this can be found at this link.

A really useful place to look for information on life as an international student in New Zealand is the NauMai NZ website https://naumainz.studyinnewzealand.govt.nz/ The website has a lot of information to help you before you arrive in the country and also to help once you are studying and living here. You will find help about our New Zealand culture and lifestyle, working, laws, driving in New Zealand and healthcare.

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