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Living in New Zealand 

You’ve chosen New Zealand, here are the basics

 

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People and culture

More than 90 per cent of New Zealand’s population lives on the North Island, which is also home to the country’s capital city, Wellington.

Accommodation

Finding your home away from home There are four main options when it comes to finding a place to live during your studies.

Shops and restaurants

From the shops to the dining hall There are many options for eating and shopping in New Zealand.

Money and living expenses

Knowing how much you will need for your day-to-day living expenses is a great starting point, but it is important to note the cost of living will vary slightly depending on what city in New Zealand you live in.

Transport

While you’re studying, you may want to explore your local town, city or other parts of New Zealand and there are many options to take you there.

Places to visit

New Zealand contains lots of natural beauty due to its towering mountains, open and lush plains, volcanic plateaus and incredible glaciers.

Health and support services

If you find yourself struggling to adjust, or feel someone has treated your unfairly, there are many support services available. These support services can be provided by your educational institution as well as government departments.

Insurance

You should consider insurance cover to help protect you, your health, your home and your belongings.

Employment while you study

Working part-time can be a great way to help cover your living expenses in New Zealand, but also help you to gain work experience in your field of study.

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