Cost of living in Auckland
Living in Auckland can be 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
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:
Before you start, think about the essential costs
You should use this information as a guide only.
|Necessities||What you might pay each
week (Please note therse costs are approximate)
|Electricity (light, heating) and gas||$20|
|Cleaning products, food basics, meat, fruit, vegetables||$120|
|Insurance for household items and personal possessions||$8|
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)||$55|
|Doctor’s visit||from $60|
|Dentist visit||from $150|
|Student Rec Centre (one year $314)||$7.65|