Depending on where you come from you may find Auckland very small and quiet or a huge bustling city! Make sure you discover the variety of attractions Auckland has to offer. Auckland is a vibrant multicultural city beside the sea, sprawled between two harbours and two oceans - the Tasman and the Pacific. It offers the best of both worlds - all the buzz, entertainment, nightlife and cultural activities of a big city, as well as an outdoor lifestyle with numerous sporting and leisure activities. Explore the beautiful beaches, take a ferry to one of the offshore sub-tropical islands, and visit the Auckland Museum. Make sure you attend one of the many local and international festivals, exhibitions and performances held frequently in Auckland.
Cost of living
Living costs vary from student to student. Here are expected minimum annual living costs you should budget for. You should also complete research into your own expected costs.
||Annual estimate (average) NZ$
|Phone (excludes toll calls)
|Books and materials
|TOTAL: (per year)
This table shows the NZ$ cost of some commonly purchased items. This information is a guide only.
||Estimate non-discounted NZ$
|Can of coke
(200 free off-peak minutes)
| $49.00 +
If you are bringing in electrical goods, such as computers, hairdryers etc., be aware that electricity throughout New Zealand is supplied at 230 volts, 50 hertz. Most power sockets accept three-pin plugs or similar adaptors. You can buy adaptors readily in New Zealand. Most student rooms will be wired for internet use, but check with your specific accommodation.
What clothes should I pack?
Auckland is warm in the summer, but in the winter it can get cold and it often rains. Therefore, make sure you pack warm clothing along with summer clothes. University students dress casually so bring your favourite jeans, t-shirts, jerseys (sweaters), sweatshirts, shoes and sports shoes. Bring formal clothing for special occasions. You’ll also need a warm waterproof jacket.
- Summer: December - February
- Autumn: (Fall) March - May
- Winter: June - August
- Spring: September - November
- Average summer temperature: 23 degrees C , 75 degrees F
- Average winter temperature: 14 degrees C, 57 degrees F
Money is always one of the first things you need. Bring enough cash with you to get you through the first few days. NZ$300 should be enough. It's easy to change your money (traveller’s cheques or cash) at a bank, or Bureau de Change kiosk at the airport, in the city or in your suburb. The New Zealand dollar is the currency used in New Zealand. 100 cents = one dollar ($1).
Make sure to bring your:
- Insurance certificates
- Offer of Place
- Driver’s license - an international or own-country driving license is valid for one year in New Zealand. After that you will need to obtain a New Zealand drivers license
- Birth certificate (copy only)
- Any other documents you may need
- NZ$300 cash just to cover emergencies
Opening a bank account
It is a good idea to open a New Zealand bank account. Nearly all the major banks have international student packages. If you open a student bank account during Orientation you can often choose from a variety of deals that the banks run to attract students. Most banks will want to know that you or your family has a “banking history” in your own country. You should take a letter from your bank, some proof of your account - such as a copy of a statement, your passport and proof of your enrolment in a New Zealand education provider. ATMs - Automatic Teller Machines are widely used in New Zealand and readily accessible.
Shop opening hours vary. Standard hours are from 9am to 5.30 on weekdays. Many shops, especially those in shopping malls, also open at the weekends, though hours may be different. Supermarkets have extended hours seven days a week. If you want cheap but reasonable quality goods such as linen and small household appliances, The Warehouse chain of stores is a good place to shop. They’re easy to find as they are RED!
Once you are at AUT you can make use of the Health, Counselling and Wellbeing centres on campus. However if you need urgent medical attention in the first few days, ask the staff at your accommodation to tell you where the nearest accident and medical centre is located. These centres are scattered around the city and are usually open 7days a week for extended hours. In dire emergencies only you should call 111.