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A guide to living in Christchurch

One of the biggest cities of South Island, Christchurch is a wonderful place to live in.

A multicultural and diverse city, Christchurch has people from all over the world living here. A strong education system and world-class universities and institutions to study in, Christchurch was ranked 69th best student city in the world by QS rankings 2018. The city survived a massive earthquake in 2011, yet, it has retained its beauty and remains the strongest city to live and study in New Zealand. 

One of the safest, friendliest and beautiful cities to live in, Christchurch is also popular as Garden City for it is brimming with serene landscapes, beautiful parks and gardens. There's a lot of cultural and recreational opportunities to experience in Christchurch, the city has a vibrant lifestyle and you can enjoy a lot for a lot less in Christchurch.

Things to do

Experience New Zealand's very own French Capital Akaroa

Akaroa is a historic French and British settlement. Located an hour’s drive from Christchurch, it is a small harbourside loaded with a number of fun activities such as dolphin swimming, cruises, wildlife tours etc. 

Enjoy the greens at Christchurch Botanic Gardens

If you are someone enjoys the solace of nature, a walk to Botanic Gardens will leave you all refreshing. Moreover, you will get to admire some of the finest collections of exotic and native plants of New Zealand.

Sail the winds on a Gondola ride

Imagine how would it great it would feel to witness the Pacific Ocean from 862-metres above the ground. You might have seen a lot of spectacular ocean views from a plane but watching it out in the open from a cable car is an entirely thrilling experience. The famous Gondola ride takes you on a birds-eye view from Mt Cavendish and a number of plains and Alps of Canterbury.

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IDP Study Abroad Insights - New Zealand Series 

Study abroad intakes in New Zealand

New Zealand universities offer two major intakes for students – July and February. Know all about it.

Cost of studying in New Zealand

Studying in New Zealand can be quite affordable if planned well. Look at our guide of estimates to help ease your financial budgeting whilst your stay as a student in New Zealand. Yes, we’ve covered expenses like accommodation, food, health coverage and travel too!


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All universities have student accommodations but costs vary depending on amenities and other factors.
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There are number of scholarships available. It depends on the profile of the student, the course they are applying and the university.
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