LIVING IN AOTEAROA
Prepare for your trip to New Zealand
It is a great idea to learn about what its like to live and study in Auckland – our biggest and most vibrant city in New Zealand. The following websites have useful information about things to do and see in Auckland, transport, Tips for international students, Jobs in Auckland and Safety in Auckland, and the New Zealand education system.
Ama Training Group does not provide accommodation, however we can recommend some temporary accommodation options, such as hotels or hostels, but students are responsible for organising their own housing arrangements. There are a range of different options available. You can live with a local family, in a student hostel or rent an apartment with other students. More information can be found on our Pre-Enrolment Information document and on the NauMai NZ ‘Housing‘ page.
Cost of living in New Zealand
Living costs will depend on your lifestyle and which part of the country you live in. In addition to course fees, Auckland’s estimated living costs is between $20,000-$27,000 each year to cover accommodation, food, transport, phone, internet and other entertainment cost. Other expenses could include insurance, bank fees, utility bills, clothing, holidays and books. It is a good idea to come to New Zealand with plenty of money saved to allow you to make the most out of your time here. Cost of Living on New Zealand Education website
Money and bank account
To open a bank account, firstly book an appointment with one of the banks. You will need to take with you your passport and proof of enrolment. During our three day orientation programme we will help you set up a bank account if you haven’t already done so.
To get around Auckland you can use bus public transport. Please check out the following link to find out more. Auckland Transport website
Driving in New Zealand
To drive in New Zealand you must have a NZ Drivers licence or hold a current and valid drivers license/International Drivers Permit from another country and meet the required conditions. It is illegal to drive in New Zealand if you do not hold any of these. You must wear a seatbelt at all times, even if you are a passenger. In New Zealand we drive on the left hand side of the road. We recommend you have lessons with a licensed instructor before driving. Find out more about driving in New Zealand.
Working while you study (International Students)
As an international student at Ama Training Group you may be able to work Part-time (up to 20 hours a week) while you are studying. Check your visa – it will show if and when you are allowed to work while you are studying in New Zealand.
If you work when you’re not allowed to, you’ll be in breach of your visa condition and may have to leave New Zealand.
You can find out more about working while you study on the NauMai NZ website.
If you are eligible to work in New Zealand, Ama Training Group will help you apply for an Inland Revenue (tax) number which is compulsory for every working person in NZ.