travel & accommodation

Once you have been accepted into an institution you will need to begin looking for accommodation. It is important to do this as early as possible as you may need to prove you have guaranteed accommodation for your student visa application.

Most institutions offer accommodation and although spaces are limited, international students tend to get priority when allocating rooms. Most will also offer a service or have staff to help you find private student accommodation.

When researching your accommodation choices, you may wish to consider:

  • How close is it to the institution?
  • What public transport links are there?
  • How close is it to shops and services?
  • How big is your room?
  • How many people are sharing your bathroom/kitchen?
  • How much is the rent and bills?

Below are some popular types of accommodation for students (all figures in NZ$):

For more information about accommodation in New Zealand, visit New Zealand Educated


It is important to consider your travel arrangements to New Zealand early and it is a good idea to have onward travel to your institution or accommodation arranged before departing. You are advised to carry the address and phone number of your accommodation in your hand luggage to make it easier to ask for directions or to get a taxi.

Whilst it is advisable to research the best mode of transport and book tickets before departing for New Zealand, you should wait until you have confirmed your university place, accommodation and visa before booking anything.

New Zealand has restrictions on bringing certain items into the country and it is important that you are aware of what you can and cannot bring. There are also restrictions on the quantities of certain items that you bring and current laws about carrying liquids may apply. For more information, please visit the New Zealand government's bio-security regulations website

New Zealand has a comprehensive network of international and domestic airports. Auckland airport serves the largest number of international arrivals and departures but there are several other international airports. There are also a number of regional airports across the country, from Kaitaia airport in the far north to Ryan's Creek Aerodrome on Stewart Island.

Below is information about getting to and from each of New Zealand's international airports. Information about flights to and from regional airports can be found through the international airport websites. All figures are in NZ$.