Cost of Living in New Zealand

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How much does it cost to live in NZ as an international student?

Living in New Zealand as in international student costs roughly the same as similar countries, such as Australia and Canada.

  • You need to demonstrate access to funds of NZD $11,500 per year to obtain a student visa.
  • Catered residential accommodation costs around $14,400 per year.

Indicative on-campus accommodation costs

University Annual fee*
Massey University $16,506
University of Canterbury $12,874
Victoria University of Wellington $13,870
Average $14,417
* Room for academic year (with meal plan)  —  Updated: 7 March 2016

Working in NZ

As an international student, you can work in NZ (if you can find a part-time job) by varying your student visa conditions. This can be done as part of a visa application. The minimum wage for NZ workers is around USD $25,500.