But choose wisely because part of having a great experience here is being happy in your home-life too. Auckland is a big city with lots of different living options; inner-city excitement or tranquil bush settings; apartment-living or a shared flat.
The area you choose to live in will affect your rent cost and lifestyle. Be sure to consider factors such as commuting, public transport and access to AIC. Find information on Auckland suburbs at Hometopia.
As well as location, there are different types of accommodation for you to think about. Look at all the options available and choose what best suits your personal needs and budget. Here are some of the most popular options:
Impression Real Estate, just up the road from campus, is another good place to visit when looking for an apartment to rent.
Shared living (we call this “flatting”)
Living with other students or friends is cost-effective as you share costs such as rent, utilities and sometimes even the food bill if you do shared meals. Check out our student Facebook group, called OPAIC Student Community. Lots of students post here looking for roommates or accommodation.
You can also search for rentals on the TradeMe website.
Visit the Tenancy Services website to learn about the rights and responsibilities of renters in New Zealand.
Stay in the welcoming home of an approved family in Auckland. Your stay includes all meals and a private, furnished bedroom. The cost is $320 per week for 2 meals Monday-Friday and 3 meals Saturday and Sunday. There is also a $300 placement fee. Please email email@example.com for more information or to book this option.
Be sure to do you research before committing to something permanent. If you're unsure, it's a good idea to book some short-term accommodation for your arrival to give you some time to get a feel for the city, and the people you meet. Then you can confidently commit to a longer-term lease.
ACCOMMODATION $200 – $500 per week
FOOD $80 – $120 per week
BOOKS AND MATERIALS $500 – $2,000 per year
TRANSPORT $100 – $500 per year
ENTERTAINMENT $500 – $2,000 per year
Amounts shown are in New Zealand dollars
Depending on the type of accommodation you choose, you may need to pay for utilities. These are normally on a monthly basis and include power, internet and water. Always check if these are included in your accommodation cost so can plan for these additional costs. Mobile phone plans range from $20-$80 per month. Some of the main mobile providers are Spark, Vodafone, 2degrees and Skinny.
Plan your finances
Think carefully about the amount of money you will need while you are studying. Your daily cost of living is in addition to our tuition fees. On the left is a guide to what you’ll need for living expenses in Auckland.
Working in New Zealand
You may want to supplement your living costs by getting a part-time job. Providing you have the right visa to allow this, there are casual job opportunities for students so you can earn while studying. The minimum wage is NZD $16.50 per hour.
Work should only be undertaken after you have signed a formal contract. All wages should be taxed and paid into a bank account. Go here to learn more about the rights and responsibilities of workers in New Zealand.
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