Living Costs

Living Costs:

You will need approximately NZ$15,000 per year for general living costs, including accommodation.

The following is a rough idea of the costs of typical items for a student in New Zealand .

Approximate costs in NZ$ for various items:

Women’s hair cut $50.00-$90.00
Men’s hair cut $10.00-$40.00
McDonald’s Big Mac $5.20
Take-out pizza (large) $13.00
Coffee (Large flat white) $4.50
Coca-Cola (1.5L) $3.00
Light lunch $5.00-$15.00
Restaurant meal $14.00-$40.00
Milk (per litre) $2.50
Movie ticket $17.00
Theatre ticket $11.00- $145.00
Entertainment per week $50.00
Bus ride (1 stage) $1.80
Taxi 3km ride $11.00
Gym membership $600.00 per year
Game of golf $10.00-$20.00
Shampoo $3.50-$12.00
Toothpaste $2.00-$3.00
Gasoline $2.00 per litre
Student Insurance: travel, health $571.25 per year
Visit to doctor $50.00
Medicine $5.00-$15.00 per item
Visit to dentist $50.00-$120.00 per visit


Halls of Residence

The College does not have on-campus student accommodation available but is very active in helping students to find accommodation. Most students tend to share a house together and many of these are within walking distance of the College.

Flatting (Renting)

This is a very common form of student accommodation in New Zealand. Flats range from fully-furnished apartments to houses (flats) that students share with a group of others. A large percentage of our current students live in these flats. Flats, often the cheapest option, are advertised mainly on TradeMe ( or in the main daily newspaper, The New Zealand Herald ( There are always rooms in flats advertised on the Student Noticeboard.

You will be required to sign a tenancy agreement and share the cost of electricity, phone and food. If you are coming to New Zealand as a single person, there is often the possibility to move in with an existing group. Check The New Zealand Herald or TradeMe website for flats that need another flatmate. This is often a great way to meet other New Zealanders.

The average price for a room is NZ$100 –150 per week (does not include expenses or food).


If you are an international student and would like us to help you organise your accommodation, please contact us about your options. There are also a number of websites on the internet dedicated to homestay options in Auckland and New Zealand.

One website you may like to visit is