Living in New Zealand


Study in the heart of New Zealand’s commercial hub and enjoy the vibrant lifestyle of this multicultural city.

Make the most of a thriving multicultural city at the commercial heart of New Zealand.

Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city and the country’s commercial hub, with a population of approximately 1.5 million people. It is a safe, clean, multicultural and vibrant city that offers an excellent quality of life.

Auckland is rated the third most liveable city in the world on the global Mercer’s Quality of Living Survey (2019), evaluated on factors such as personal safety, environment, education, transportation and health.

The city sits between two harbours and is often referred to as the “City of Sails” due to Aucklanders’ love of water sports and the sea. Auckland’s unique geographic position means you can live in a large city with great cafés, restaurants and bars, excellent theatres, galleries and museums and terrific shopping and still be close to stunning beaches and nature walks.

A wide view of Auckland, skyscrapers and tall buildings stretched with the sea in the foreground


We provide a range of safe and comfortable student residence options close to campus. With excellent study and living facilities, this is a great way to make friends with your fellow students from all around the world.

Living costs

Generally you should allow approximately NZ$20,000-$25,000 per year (or NZ$400-$450 per week) for general living costs, including accommodation, food and transport. International student support staff can assist you with budgeting if you need assistance.

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Rent per week


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Taxi (5km ride)


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Phone plan per month


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Groceries per week


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Single bus fare


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Movie ticket


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Monthly bus pass


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Gym membership per year


Study and part-time work

Part-time work in the industry you’re passionate about can be a great way to complement your studies and give you an experience of what your career will be like. Most university students can work part-time up to 20 hours a week and full-time during scheduled study breaks.

Our career support service can help you find the right part-time role during your studies.


From applications to fees, here are some of the answers to commonly asked questions about student accommodation options at the University of Auckland.

What are the self-catered options for accommodation?

Our university-managed, self-catered residences offer you a more independent lifestyle while you study. Choose from six residences based in Auckland Central, Parnell, Grafton and Waiheke Island. Find out more at

How much does it cost?

Accommodation fees are calculated for the full period stated in the residential agreement, and include utilities such as water, electricity, and access to University WiFi. Find out more at

How do I apply?

Need help?

If you have any questions about our Business Masters programmes, our advisers are happy to help.