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 $190 to $418 per week

$304
Internet
Most halls charge $10 for 1 gigabyte

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

$10
Food
Will vary from depending on if you have a fully catered or self-catered room. If you are in a self-catering room you can choose to add dinner at $65 per week or three meals at $105 per week

$105
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 $494

 

Additional annual or one off costs

Administration fee
This fee is non-refundable and varies between $300 to $310

$305
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 200 to $500

$400
Books and stationary
Depending on your programme of study this can vary between $500 to $1000 per year

$750
Parking
If you have a car and want to park it at the hall or on campus you need to pay an annual fee that varies from hall to hall from $100 to $165

$133
Bed linen pack
Optional pack that includes sheets, pillows and duvet

$95
Clothing
Depending on your tastes clothing can cost between $600 - $900 per year

$750
Additional annual or one off costs total $2683

Weekly costs

Shared rental accommodation
Costs vary depending on the area you live in and the type of accommodation from $175 to $280 per week

$228
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 $410

 

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

$912
Furnishings
Depending on what you need and if you buy new or second hand, costs can vary between $500 to $1000

$750
Books and stationary
Depending on your programme of study this can vary between $500 to $1000 per year

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

$230
Clothing
Depending on your tastes clothing can cost between $600 - $900 per year

$750
Additional annual or one off costs total $3392

Weekly costs

Homestay accommodation
Usually includes power, internet and three meals a day (Minimum stay is 8 weeks - $2,330 NZD)

$250
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 $365

 

Additional annual or one off costs

One off placement fee
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 $1000 per year

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

$230
Clothing
Depending on your tastes clothing can cost between $600 - $900 per year

$750
Additional annual or one off costs total $2060

More information

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