Before your arrival
Things you need to know before your arrival
Visas & immigration
What are your international student visa conditions? Your student visa comes with conditions that tell you what you can and can’t do while you’re studying in New Zealand. It's important you understand what these are.
Cost of living
What is the cost of living in New Zealand? Find out about prices for groceries and entertainment, and learn about student living costs.
Choosing a place to live is one of the most important decisions you’ll make when you start studying in New Zealand. Here’s what you need to know about the different housing options available for international students.
Preparing to travel
You're about to start your New Zealand adventure! To make sure you're prepared, here are some travel tips for moving to New Zealand such as suggestions for what you should bring.
New Zealand's nature is unique. Kiwis are very committed to protecting our beautiful country from anything that could harm it, like foreign bacteria, plants and pests. Because of this, there are things you can't bring in to New Zealand.
Medicines & vaccines
Before you arrive in New Zealand, you should get your health checked, make sure you have copies of important medical documents and arrange to get vaccinations. Being prepared will save you time and trouble later!
Arriving in New Zealand
This page is about helping you prepare for your arrival and making sure you know where to go for information.
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5 Things I Wish I'd Brought to New Zealand with Me
I moved over to New Zealand from the United States in the first week of July and was shocked by the beautiful views throughout the country! The friendly atmosphere made me feel at home, however there were 5 things I wish I brought to NZ with me.
Packing Tips When You Only Have 30kg of Luggage
You are going to study and live in New Zealand for the next one month, one year, or more. It’s time for you to pack your luggage for your trip.
The Big Move
Moving away from home to study overseas was overwhelmingly scary for me. At that point, I had never even gone on vacations that had taken me over my country’s borders before, so heading to the end of the globe on my own for five years was unthinkable.
Moving in to University Accommodation
It’s Feb 21st, 2019. In just 3 days, I will be moving to my accommodation at the University of Auckland. Honestly, at this moment, I am completely overwhelmed with all sorts of emotions: excitement, nervousness, homesickness and a whole lot of insecurities.