Study in New Zealand
Student Culture in New Zealand
With an internationally renowned education system, spectacular scenery and a lifestyle that has been enticing international students to its shores for years, New Zealand consistently ranks as one of the top places to live and study.
Named as the world's second most peaceful country by the Global Peace Index in 2018, New Zealand has a reputation for being one of the safest and friendliest places to study abroad, and is well known for giving its international students fantastic levels of support and guidance.
Manners and Behaviour
Friendly and welcoming, New Zealand has a very interesting culture to discover. As well as British and European customs, New Zealand is heavily influenced by its Polynesian and Maori heritage; the impact of which you’ll discover in the traditions, arts, foods and even the accents of New Zealanders.
Generally friendly, polite and slightly reserved, New Zealanders place a high value on hospitality and enjoy making their guests feel welcomed. Dress codes are smart but casual.
There can be marked differences between Maori and NZ European (Pakeha) cultures, so it’s worth familiarising yourself with this before arriving in the country.
Focusing on local and seasonal produce, with a coastline of around 14,000km it’s unsurprising that fish and shellfish feature high on the list of specialities.
Specialities to try:
- Traditional Maori hangi
- Hokey Pokey ice cream
- Lemon & Paeroa
- Whitebait fritters
- Manuka honey
Cost of study in New Zealand
It’s possible to complete most bachelor degrees in three years in New Zealand, which can help to make studying here cost-effective.
Average tuition fees in New Zealand are around NZ$27,000, so you should budget for anywhere from NZ$66,000 to NZ$100,000 to complete your undergraduate degree.
Please bear in mind that these fees are indicative only, and are subject to both increase or decrease depending on which course you choose to study and where.
Student Accommodation in New Zealand
There a several options to choose from when considering your accommodation choice in New Zealand.
Typical choices include:
Halls of residence (sometimes called hostels) - normally close to campus, meals are sometimes included and you’ll have a single or twin room with shared dining room, lounge and laundry.
Homestay (sometimes called private board) - a great opportunity to learn about the New Zealand culture and practice your English, you’ll stay with a family in a fully furnished room.
Flatting (house share or independent accommodation) - sharing a house with other students is a great way to make friends and keep costs down.
Living costs can vary quite a lot depending on your lifestyle and where you’ll be living. As part of your visa application you will need to prove that you have at least NZ$15,000 per year to cover your costs however, you can expect your living expenses to be be closer to NZ$20,000 per year or more in some of the bigger cities.
Average monthly costs in New Zealand might look something like this:
- Accommodation: NZ$850
- Utility bills: NZ$200
- Mobile Phone: NZ$25
- Broadband internet: NZ$50
- Study materials: NZ$90
- Travel: NZ$35
- Groceries: NZ$350
- Typical night out: NZ$50
- Cinema ticket: NZ$14
Work and Study in New Zealand
Most student visas will allow you to work for a maximum of 20 hours during term-time and full-time during holidays. This is a great way of gaining valuable work experience, developing your business English and helping to pay your living expenses.
Always check that you are eligible to work on your student visa before starting employment.