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.

Halls of Residence

Weekly costs $423
Hall of residence accommodation
Costs vary from hall to hall between $192 to $297 (self-catered) to between $359 to $537 (fully-catered).  The example provided is for a Kowhai 6-bedroom self-catered apartment at Ilam Apartments and includes power and laundry facilities on a 48 week contract.
$233
Internet
Unlimited Wifi access for UC students.
$0
Mobile phone
Cost will vary on use and if you are using pre-paid or a plan.
$5
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 $88 per week or three meals a day for $155 per week.
$155
Contents and Liability Insurance
Check out packages offered by insurance companies.  
$10
Other
Incidentals such as emergencies, entertainment - costs will depend on what you choose to do.
$20

Halls of Residence

Additional annual or one-off costs  
Administration fee (part of your deposit)
This fee is non-refundable and varies between $300 to $350.  The example is for the Ilam Apartments.
$300
Resident/student association fee (part of your deposit)
This fee is used to help fund student activities and varies between $250 to $400.  The example is for the Ilam Apartments.
$200
Contingency fee (refundable minus damage or unpaid rent) (part of your deposit)
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 $250 to $500.  The example is for the Ilam Apartments.
$300
Books and stationery
Depending on your programme of study this can vary between $500 to $1,000 per year.  Check with your lecturer before purchasing should resources be available online or from the UC Library.
$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 $120 to $232.  The example is for the Ilam Apartments.
$232
Bed linen pack (for halls that do not provide linen)
Optional pack includes 2 bed sheets, 2 pillows, 2 pillow cases, 1 duvet inner, 1 duvet cover, 1 fleece blanket, 1 towel (some halls provide linen).
$139
Clothing
Depending on your budget, clothing can cost between $600 - $900 per year.
$750

Flatting

Weekly costs $340
Shared rental accommodation
Costs vary depending on the area you live in and the number of people in the flat.  This figure is based on an average 4 bedroom house in Ilam shared by 4 people.  The median rent in Ilam 1 September 2020 - 28 February 2021 was $580.  This does not factor in if the property is furnished or not or the condition of the property - www.tenancy.govt.nz
  $145
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 $6 to $10 per week.
$8
Mobile phone
Cost will vary on use and if you are using pre-paid or a plan.  
$5
Food
Will vary depending on your diet and how often you eat out.
$100
Transport
This will vary depending on your chosen mode of transport.
$25
Contents and Liability Insurance
Check out packages offered by insurance companies.  
$10
Other
Incidentals such as emergencies, entertainment - costs will depend on what you choose to do.
$20

 Flatting

Additional annual or one-off costs  
Bond (refundable minus damage or unpaid rent)
This is a deposit for your tenancy paid to your landlord before you move in, usually 1 to 4 weeks' rent.
$580
Rent in advance
Most landlords will require you to pay your rent in advance of 1-2 weeks.
$290
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 stationery
Depending on your programme of study this can vary between $500 to $1,000 per year. Check with your lecturer before purchasing should resources be available online or from the UC Library.
$750
Parking
If you have a car and want to park on campus you need to pay parking fees - either hourly, daily or annually.
$475
Clothing
Depending on your budget, clothing can cost between $600 - $900 per year.
$750

Homestay

Weekly costs $390
Homestay accommodation
Usually includes power, internet and three meals a day (minimum stay is 8 weeks - $2,240 NZD).
$280
Mobile phone
Cost will vary on use and if you are using pre-paid or a plan.
$5
Food
Will vary depending on your diet and how often you eat out.
$50
Transport
This will vary depending on your chosen mode of transport.
$25
Contents and Liability Insurance
Check out packages offered by insurance companies.  
$10
Other
Incidentals such as emergencies, entertainment - costs will depend on what you choose to do.
$20

 Homestay

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.
$350
Books and stationery
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.
$475
Clothing
Depending on your budget, clothing can cost between $600 - $900 per year.
$750

More information

Refer to Accommodation Services for further information on halls of residencerenting or homestay accommodation.

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

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