New Zealand is a popular destination for international students who wish to study abroad, but before making the long trip to study in one of the most remote English speaking countries in the world, it is important to be fully aware of the costs involved.
Cost of studying in New Zealand
Cost of living
The cost of living in New Zealand is largely dependent on where you live and the lifestyle you choose. When studying in cities such as Wellington, Christchurch or Auckland, it is recommended that students live in a homestay, rather than private or group accommodation. Living in larger cities also means prices generally go up.
The cost of enrolling on a course at an English language school in New Zealand can vary greatly, so be aware of the costs involved before applying. For example, you may find one school which offers cheaper course fees, enabling you to save money. But if this school is a large distance from the accommodation you are residing in, you will need to spend more on transport costs.
Homestay is the recommended accommodation option for most international students, and is also the most popular. In a homestay you will live with an English-speaking household with your own bedroom and morning and evening meals provided. Staying in a homestay will enable to practice your English daily with a welcoming family, while also offering an insight into local expressions and a different way of life.
Working as a student in New Zealand
If you wish to earn a little extra money while studying in New Zealand, you can work a part-time job, under certain conditions. Full-time international students are allowed to work for a maximum of 20 hours per week during studies and full time during holidays, but only if you have the correct visa. When applying for your visa, check if you can or cannot work.