Top student cities in New Zealand
Updated on Mar 9, 2016 - 2:40 p.m. IST by Bedasree Das #New Zealand
Applications Open Now
GMAT
Apply
Study Abroad Opportunities with IELTS
Apply



Top Student Cities in New Zealand
- A vast landscape, which covers everything that an adventure seeker looks out for, makes New Zealand one of the most popular destinations for tourists across the globe. But what most people are not aware of is that the country is also steadily climbing the ranks among major study destinations in the world. According to Immigration New Zealand, over 100,000 international students get enrolled in various Kiwi universities every year. While searching and applying to universities in New Zealand, it is important that you know about the environment in and around the campus you will be living in. Apart from quality institutes, New Zealand boasts of many cities which attract a number of international students due to their easy accessibility and affordable living costs compared to cities in other major study destinations.

 

Here we bring you the list of the top student cities in New Zealand:

 

Auckland

Home to some of the best universities in New Zealand, Auckland has established itself as a well-known student centre attracting majority of international students in the country. The city, which is ranked 18th in the top student cities in New Zealand and the world by QS, is home to some of the most well-known universities in New Zealand like the University of Auckland, Auckland Technology University, among others.

One of the interesting aspects of Auckland is that it is small in size and thanks to a fast growing transport network; most of the attractions can be explored within half an hour of the city centre.

Being one of the populated and prosperous areas of New Zealand, the cost of living in Auckland for international students is among the highest in the country. As in most cities, it is the accommodation that creates a hole in the pockets. Rent can be anywhere between NZ$150 to $300 per week and can average at around NZ $8000.

Here’s an annual break- up of the living expenses for international students in Auckland:

Description   

Annual estimate (average) NZ$

Rent

$8000

Food  

$3,500

Power

$600

Phone

$450

Transport  

$1,000

Laundry    

$350

Clothing

$1,500

Entertainment

$1,000

Insurance 

$600

Books and materials 

$650

Total

$17,650

Christchurch: The Garden City of New Zealand is known for its quality institutes as it is for its numerous adventurous attractions. The city is also among the top 50 student cities in the world as per QS, making it the second Kiwi city to be listed in the QS student city ranking apart from Auckland. One of the largest cities in the South Island of New Zealand, Christchurch has a strong population of 400,000. The city is also home to famous universities like the University of Canterbury and the Lincoln University.

Although relatively cheaper than Auckland, Christchurch, being among the top student cities in New Zealand, still falls among the costliest cities of New Zealand, especially, in terms of living. However, international students wishing to cut costs can opt to live outside the campus and even take up work during their studies in New Zealand.

Here’s a break- up of the living expenses for international students in Christchurch:

Description   

Weekly estimate (average) NZ$

Accommodation

$304(hostel); $228(flat); $250(homestay)

Food

$105

Transport

$25

Entertainment

$40

Wellington: What better place to study than at the centre of the country’s economic and social activities? The famous capital of New Zealand offers the best of entertainment landscapes in New Zealand. Wellington is also the first place in New Zealand where English settlers had arrived; hence, the city is a delight for explorers who enjoy historic streets and buildings. Besides claiming the Victoria University of Wellington, the capital is also home to branches of many universities like Massey, University of Otago, among others making it one of the top student cities in New Zealand.

Here’s a break- up of the living expenses for international students in Wellington:

Description   

Weekly estimate (average) NZ$

Accommodation

$272

Food

$192

Transport

$158

Entertainment

$107

Hamilton:

Hamilton is another one of the top student cities in New Zealand located in the Wakaito region of the country. Hamilton is not only a major tourist destination in the South Pacific, it is also a study destination for over 40,000 students. One of the reasons behind its popularity among students is that it offers all the elements that students require- Cafes, libraries, shops -- and is comparatively cheaper to most student cities in New Zealand.

Here’s a break- up of the living expenses for international students in Hamilton:

Description   

Weekly estimate (average) NZ$

Accommodation

$90 – $110

Food

$100

Transport

$120

Entertainment

$107

Also read:

Polytechnics in New Zealand- What and where to study?

PTEs in New Zealand- What and where to study?


Stay tuned to
www.studyabroad.careers360.com for more news and updates on New Zealand

Applications Open Now

GMAT
GMAT
Apply
Study Abroad Opportunities with IELTS
Study Abroad Opportunities wi...
Apply
Arden University, Berlin
Arden University, Berlin
Apply
PTE- Pearson Test of English
PTE- Pearson Test of English
Apply
View All Application Forms

More like New Zealand

Questions related to New Zealand

Showing 2 out of 2 Questions
13 Views

why choose new Zealand for study?

dheeraj reddy 15th Feb, 2020
Well, Studying in NZ is cheaper than US and several European countries. Also a lot of scholarship opportunities are available to fund your study. University of Auckland is among the top 100 universities in the world.
NZ has some most livable cities in the world: Auckland, Wellington to name a few. Also one of the safest country to live.
Part-time job opportunities are plenty for international students through which you could recover the cost of your living expenses.
NZ is easier country to immigrate if your plan is to settle abroad. Add beautiful landscapes as another reason to ;)
As far as job opportunities are considered, NZ is a small country and offer limited work opportunities for internationals. Even though few employers might prefer locals ,as there is a lack of skilled professionals they are open to all, it would be upon you to sell yourself well.

Further research about work opportunities according to your field of interest and chose the best country accordingly. Goodluck !
189 Views

Does GRE ,TOFEL &IELTS are mandatory for postgraduate courses or any one of the above?

Apoorva Student Expert 25th Sep, 2019

Hello dear student,

As it seems like you want to take admission in New Zealand. so dear student it depends in which university you want to take admission in , so different universities asks for the different exam .They all have  their own criteria to take students for MS in their university. So maximum universities asks for GRE marks while few asks for the other test scores.  GRE though not too popular, GRE is required for admission to masters courses in some of the universities in New Zealand.  GMAT: While NZ, just like Australia puts more emphasis on work experience, GMAT is still accepted for admission to management courses in its business schools.

i hope it was helpful.

Best wishes

Never miss exam and college updates Login
Top
The question have been saved in answer later, you can access it from your profile anytime. Access now

Download the Careers360 App on your Android phone

Regular exam updates, QnA, Predictors, College Applications & E-books now on your Mobile

Careers360 App
150M+ Students
24,000+ Colleges
500+ Exams
1500+ E-books