Cost of living

In addition to paying your fees, you will need to ensure that you have enough money to cover your accommodation and living costs.

Estimated costs

Living costs depend on where and how you choose to live. Your costs will depend on factors like your course selection, personal circumstances and lifestyle. 

The costs below should be treated as estimates to help you identify things you need to budget for.

Weekly costs

Hall of residence accommodation
Costs vary from hall to hall between $169 to $252 (self-catered) to between $318 to $493 (fully-catered)

$211
Internet
Most halls charge $10 for 1 gigabite

$10
Mobile phone
Cost will vary on use and if you are using pre-paid or a plan

$10
Food
Will vary depending on whether you are living in a fully-catered or self-catered hall. If you are in a self-catered hall you can choose to add dinners only for $84 per week or three meals a day for $109 per week.

$109
Entertainment
Your entertainment costs will depend on what you choose to do

$40
Transport
This will vary depending on your chosen mode of transport

$25
Weekly cost total (self-catered) $405

 

Additional annual or one off costs

Administration fee
This fee is non-refundable and varies between $300 to $330

$315
Resident/student association fee
This fee is used to help fund student activities and varies between $200 to $300

$250
Contingency fee
This is a payment made at the start of the year in case of possible loss/damage of accommodation buildings or property and varies between $300 to $500

$400
Books and stationary
Depending on your programme of study this can vary between $500 to $1,000 per year

$750
Parking
If you have a car and want to park it at the hall you need to pay an annual fee that varies from hall to hall from $100 to $189

$145
Bed linen pack
Optional pack includes 2 bed sheets, 1 pillow, 1 pillow case, 1 duvet inner, 1 duvet cover, 1 fleece blanket (some halls provide linen)

$119
Clothing
Depending on your budget, clothing can cost between $600 - $900 per year

$750
Additional annual or one-off costs total $2,729

Weekly costs

Shared rental accommodation
Costs vary depending on the area you live in and the type of accommodation from $150 to $190 per week

  $170
Power
Will vary depending on your consumption and number of flatmates between $20 to $40
$30
Internet
Depending on your plan and number of flatmates costs vary from $5 to $10 per week 

$7
Mobile phone
Cost will vary on use and if you are using pre-paid or a plan

$10
Food
Will vary depending on your diet and how often you eat out

$70
Entertainment
Your entertainment costs will depend on what you choose to do

$40
Transport
This will vary depending on your chosen mode of transport

$25
Weekly cost total $352

 

Additional annual or one off costs

Bond
This is a deposit for your tenancy paid to your landlord before you move in, usually 3 to 4 weeks' rent

$680
Furnishings
Depending on what you need and if you buy new or second hand, costs can vary between $500 to $1,000

$750
Books and stationary
Depending on your programme of study this can vary between $500 to $1,000 per year

$750
Parking
If you have a car and want to park on campus you need to pay parking fees - either hourly, daily or annually

$304
Clothing
Depending on your budget, clothing can cost between $600 - $900 per year

$750
Additional annual or one off costs total $3,234

Weekly costs

Homestay accommodation
Usually includes power, internet and three meals a day (minimum stay is 8 weeks - $2,080 NZD)

$260
Mobile phone
Cost will vary on use and if you are using pre-paid or a plan

$10
Food
Will vary depending on your diet and how often you eat out

$40
Entertainment
Your entertainment costs will depend on what you choose to do

$40
Transport
This will vary depending on your chosen mode of transport

$25
Weekly cost total $375

 

Additional annual or one off costs

One off placement feee
This covers vetting and selection of the host family as well as other co-ordination costs

$330
Books and stationary
Depending on your programme of study this can vary between $500 to $1,000 per year

$750
Parking
If you have a car and want to park on campus you need to pay parking fees - either hourly, daily or annually

$304
Clothing
Depending on your budget, clothing can cost between $600 - $900 per year

$750
Additional annual or one off costs total $2,134

More information

There are a number of websites that can be used to calculate your individual costs in detail: