Cost of living in Auckland
Living in Auckland is expensive, but you have options.
Where do you want to live?
Inner city apartment
|Secure apartment buildings||Mostly only 1-2 bedrooms|
|Walking distance to University/city centre||Smaller than houses|
|May have gyms and other facilities||No outside living|
|May be furnished||Parking may cost extra|
|Living close to neighbours|
|More options: apartment/house||Older houses can be cold/expensive to heat|
|Outside area (e.g. garden, lawn)||You must take care of the outside area|
|Generally more space/bigger rooms||Time/cost to get to the University|
|Free parking||Not usually furnished|
Halls of Residence
|Five locations available||First-year students only|
|Mentoring and support services|
|Car parking is extra but very reasonably
priced ($20-$30 per week)
|Walk to University/city centre|
|All have recreation and study spaces|
For more information, see Halls of Residence
|Eight locations||5-20 minute walk to City Campus|
|More independent lifestyle||Not all have lockable bike storage|
|Car parking is extra but very reasonably priced
($20-$30 per week).
|Water, electricity, gas, heating and internet included|
For more information, see University flats/apartments
Want to share a house or flat?
Start searching early
If you plan to go flatting at the start of the University year (February), you need to start looking in November/December. By mid-January, hundreds of students are looking for rentals.To secure a flat, you may have to begin paying rent before the semester starts.
You (and your flatmates) may have to pay:
- Four weeks’ rent in advance
- A bond (equal to no more than four week’s rent)
- Letting fee (this can be equal to a week’s rent + GST)
- Check whether your rent includes water charges
|Medium-sized house sharing with two other people||Large house sharing with four other people|
|Rent $500 per week||Rent $1,000|
|You might have to pay in advance $4,575||You might have to pay in advance $9,150|
|That’s $1,525 each||That’s $1,830 each|
|Your weekly rent $167||Your weekly rent $200|
|Maximum single person’s student allowance $210.13 a week after tax||Maximum single person’s student allowance $210.13 a week after tax|
Note: The closer you are to the City Campus, the more you will pay. Think about the suburbs and choosing somewhere close to public transport.
Tenancy Services is a government service. It has useful information about:
We can help you work out what it might cost to live in Auckland.
Before you start, think about the essential costs
You should use this information as a guide only.
|Necessities||What you might pay each
week (Could be less if you are sharing.)
|Electricity (light, heating) and gas||$30 - $75|
|Mobile phone||$5 - $20|
|Internet||$20 - $30|
|Cleaning products, food basics, meat, fruit, vegetables||$50 - $100|
|Insurance for household items and personal possessions||$10 - $25|
|University parking at City Campus||$5 an hour, $25 all day
|Car/motorbike/scooter||$35 - $130|
For more information:
You also need to budget for other costs. Here are some examples, but your spending may differ.
|Item||What you might pay each week|
|Entertainment (one meal, one movie, one sports event per week)||$50 - $100|
|Doctor’s visit||$55 - $85 (per visit)|
|Dentist visit||$150 - $500 (per visit)|
|Haircut||$30 - $100 (per visit)|
|Student Rec Centre (one year $314)||$7.65|