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Costs to Study
in New Zealand

Depending on the country where you live, learn English or any another course in New Zealand could be very affordable or expensive in accordance with the exchange rate and how much money you have in your pocket. Many Europeans, Americans and Asians  say it's value for money comparing with other countries. Anyway it will justify the money and time spent in NZ, not only for the beauty of the country, the quality of education, the life experience and the adventures a person may live during this period. 

The costs for an international student stay alive in NZ, well nourished and with a shelter somewhere, the immigration sets the minimum income of NZ $ 1000 per person per month. This amount does not include the payment for the course, and is covering only the basics. In fact you may spend even less than that, but in this case you will be probably eating noodles everyday. You can save money in accommodation for example, when sharing the rent of an apartment or house with other students, and making your favourite drink tap water from free sources.

Note: the costs to live and survive in NZ described below are for an average student, not including those adventurous, compulsive shoppers or extensive travellers etc. 

Costs to study in New Zealand - English Courses in New Zealand may cost you about NZ$ 350 and in a promotion price about NZ $ 200/250 per week  There are many cheaper courses but it could be for a limited time or for a longer period such as 6 months/ 1 year course. You should be cautious of the quality of some of very cheap courses and try to investigate to know more about the institution.  Colleges and Vocational courses are more expensive and an average would be NZ $ 300 plus per week.  Note that prices are always stated per week. To know the total amount you have to pay just multiply by 4 to get a 4 weeks /1 month, 12 weeks for 3 months, and 52 weeks for one year. More information about the courses see the pages about Study in NZ, English Courses, Vocational Courses and our NZ Course Guide pages. 

Lodging expenses in New Zealand - If you are not enthusiastic about ​​sleeping outdoors with a sheep, getting snowflakes on your face( joking...), you basically have three options: The first and most common is to initially stay with a family in a Homestay. There you will have a room with a private toilet and food for about NZ $ 250 per week. The other option is to stay in a backpacker hostel. In there, a bed in a shared room would cost about NZ $ 25 per night or NZ$ 175 per week without food having a community kitchen and the toilet could be in your room or a shared toilet for few rooms. The third option would be sharing an apartment or house with other people, expecting to pay between NZ$ 80 and NZ $ 100 per week to have a room for yourself or sharing the room. Note that food, taxes, cleaning supplies, nautical material (toilet paper) and electricity & Internet are not included and you may have to spare an additional N$ 50 plus per week. These three options above are the cheapest ones and are kind of equivalent in terms of cost, because in the end, spending on food and lodging for 1 person would be at least NZ $ 250 per week or in any one of them. Which one is the best option is really a personal choice.  Some more info about the pros and cons for each type of accommodation in NZ can be found in the pages about them. accommodation in New Zealand.

Expenditures on Transport in New Zealand - the best way to save in transport is to live in a walking distance of your course. It may not be possible in most cities as the course is probably in the CBD or in a business area and usually there are not residential houses or accommodation is around there, only shops and business. If your accommodation is very far from your course, expect to spend in a bus around NZ $ 4.40 per day or NZ $ 22 plus per week. Bus usually charges for areas or stages of the distance travelled. (note: calculation are per week but counting for five days only, taking into consideration that you will spend the weekend locked inside your home). There are some options to buy bus passes but there is a lack of compatibilities between transports. Buying a push bike and go cycling may reduces a lot the cost of transport in the long run. Having a car you may spend  about NZ $ 10 to 15 a day just going to the course and caming back if it is not very far from your accommodation plus the cost of parking and the car itself of course. For more prices such as the cost of petrol etc please consult the page about cost of living in NZ page

Spending on food in New Zealand - Noodles can not really sustain you for long time, and sooner or later you will have to eat something more solid to be smart and to start speaking English properly. Expect to spend in food about NZ $ 20 to 35 per day in takeaways. Eating at home can save you a lot and you may consider spending NZ $ 10/15 per day . For calculation purposes, you may count about NZ $ 80 a week eating well ( buying from a supermarket) and cooking yourself. More details about cost of food in the the cost of living page.

Parties, shows, booze, and other extra expenses are quite inevitable, and it will devastate any student budget like a massive earthquake in the bank account.  Booze is expensive, about NZ $ 1.50 a can of beer purchased in supermarket and NZ $ 2.50 to 4.50 in the pubs and bars. The higher content of alcohol the highest is the price. There are lots of places charging even NZ $ 5.00 for a beer  in a pub. Cigarette is a double suicide option with a pack of 20 costing NZ $ 10 depending the brand. Music concerts and shows are around NZ $ 50 to 150 depending on the artist. To calculate the average basic extra expenses spare at least NZ $ 50 / week..
more costs in NZ at cost of living in NZ page

Travel, tours and extreme sports in New Zealand - are actually quite radical, especially in your pocket. The only thing is free is to walk and do a picnic in the park, and even then only if the sandwich was a gift. If you want to travel on weekends, just add the cost of the bus (or train) between cities over the expense of food and accommodation. A person travelling on a weekend, will spend at leat NZ $ 50. Now, if you want to Bungy Jump or explore caves, prepare to spare NZ $ 200 or more in your budget to spend in the thousand of adrenaline adventures in Kiwiland.

Health insurance and books - it is highly recommended to get a health insurance while studying in NZ so you do not get surprises and the school will help you with that. A basic budget you can set NZ $ 1.00 per day for insurance. Some courses such technical courses and university may charge around NZ $ 560 for books a year, English courses some do not charge this fee and others set a one off fee and others may charge per week for materials and books...

These costs mentioned here are only the basic, and should refer just as guide when you are making your budget to travel to NZ. It is possible to spend less and many people will do that but with sacrifices. For mature students or who are more financially secure, with a little more comfort, the normal cost would be at leat NZ $ 200 per week to rent an furnished unit (bedroom and living room), and other NZ $ 200 per week for the other expenses (excluding the price of the course). This is the budget that most students may consider to spend per week in New Zealand, and that's why the education industry in NZ moves the dizzying amount of NZ $ 2 billion per year, and not counting the amount injected when family come to visit the kids plus the spending in tourism and adventures that almost every international student does.

Tip1 Make a budget : To keep your costs down, write down all expenses in a notebook and you will see where and how is your spending in NZ so you can analyse them and save. It seems silly, but there are many people who says that they ran out of money and do not know where It was spent.

Tip 2 Home cooking : If you are unable to cook anything, before you leave home country ask your mum or someone to teach you how to make the basic food you are used to have and how to wash clothes in a washing machine, clean the house, wash dishes, etc. 

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