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Cost of Living

Cost of Living in New Zealand

Many things will vary in price from what you are used to, some things may be less expensive in New Zealand and other things may be a little more expensive. The cost of living will depend on what kind of lifestyle you want to live. Students can live pretty cheaply in Christchurch by doing little things like learning to cook for themselves, taking public transport and doing their own laundry. Here is a guide to help you manage your budget.

One of the best ways to manage your budget and expectations is to use these fantastic tools:

- StudyLink: Can you afford to study?

- New Zealand Now: Cost of living


A Rough Guide to Prices Christchurch:

Here is a guide to how much every day or essential items will cost.

A cup of Coffee: $4
2 Minute Noodles: $0.50c
Hamburger or Sandwich $3 - $6
Bus Fare: $3.20 per trip
Books/Course Materials: $700 - $1,000 for the first year
Micro SIM card $5

Supermarkets & Grocery Stores all within a short walk of the campus:

Learning to cook for yourself is a great way to save money and make friends by sharing food from your home country. Here are a number of stores, both international and local, that are all within walking distance of the university.

Pak ‘n Sav:
New World:

Online Shopping in New Zealand

You can always find both new and second-hand items online. Whether you are looking for clothes, furniture, a second-hand car, you can find just about everything on this website: