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4-Apr-2013 | Canada pins hope on foreign studentsCANADA: The number of college and university students studying internationally has grown more than fourfold since 1975 — and Canada wants a larger share of that market. Read more...


4-Apr-2013 | Chinese alumni 'contribute $100m' AUSTRALIA: CHINESE alumni of Australian universities continue to bolster the local economy years after graduation, with the majority returning at least once and 20 per cent coming back more than five times over a five-year period. Read more...


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Living costs

The cost of living in New Zealand is similar to that in Australia, and less than in Britain. Tertiary students should budget for up to NZ$20,000 a year in living expenses.


Indicative costs


  • $100 to $200 a week for accommodation
  • 50 cents to post a letter within New Zealand
  • $4.45 for a Big Mac at McDonald's
  • Free local phone calls from a home phone
  • $10 to $15 to go to the movies
  • $1.60 for a 1-stage bus fare

    Education expenses additional to fees

    Living and study costs vary according to your age, the course you are taking, and the type of accommodation you choose. Use the following estimates as a guideline.



  • Textbooks and stationery $500 a year
  • Student ID card  $20
  • Students' association membership $30
  • Photocopy cards $100
  • Bus fares $30 to $60 a week
  • Coffee in student cafeteria $1 to $3 a cup
  • Hot meals in cafeteria up to $7 for a one-course meal

    Secondary school

  • Stationery $150 a year
  • School trips $30
  • Special courses such as IELTS $300
  • Examination fees: NCEA $200 to $400, plus $100 per scholarship subject.
  • Materials for special subjects such as art and photography $50 to $300.
  • Uniform $300 to $500 (or up to $1,000 at some private schools)
  • Bus fares $30 a week
  • Incidental expenses $30 a week




    Note: The above information taken from is current at the time it was sourced in October 2010. While all attempts will be made to ensure this information is up to date no guarantee can be given that the information will be current at the time it is viewed. Please visit in order to confirm the information is current or contact us to receive information and assistance relating to study abroad in New Zealand.