Student Support


Living Guidelines


Not allowed to bring into New Zealand

New Zealand has very strict customs regulations. This is to protect our eco systems and to minimise unwanted pests and diseases.

All food items must be declared on your arrival. Failure to declare these items may result in receiving a fine of around NZ$ 200.00

Further information here


Auckland has a moderate temperature climate usually between 12° –25°

Summer: December, January, and February

Autumn: March, April and May

Winter: June, July and August

Spring: September, October and November

Extremes of temperature are seldom.  You don’t need to have gloves and hats, although these are often fashion accessories. 


Should you wish to arrange your own accommodation while in Auckland, be prepared to pay:

Approximate guides:

One bedroom apartment: NZ$ 350.00 per week.  Paid fortnightly or monthly

Rental agents fee: Usually one weeks rent. (One off payment)

Bond: Three weeks rent which is returned once you have left the premises in good and clean order.

Most rental properties do not include normal expenses.  Be prepared to pay:






Budget approximately $100 per week.

International calls, mobile calls or unlimited internet usage would not be covered in this amount.

You may be expected to keep the grounds (outside of the property) maintained.  Including lawns cut and free of rubbish and weeds.


In New Zealand living in a homestay situation means: You will have a safe secure environment with your own private, furnished room.

You will live with a New Zealand person and usually other family members.

Homestay families are police checked and all premises are checked by our Homestay agencies.

You have the opportunity to use English in everyday home situations.

You will pay a set monthly fee in advance either to the homestay agent or homestay provider.

Everything you need to live comfortably will be provided. Including 2 or 3 meals each day.

Meals would normally be what New Zealand families eat. A typical day could be:

Breakfast: Cereal or Toast

Lunch: Sandwiches with various fillings. Biscuits, a piece of fruit.

Dinner: Sausages, potatoes, gravy, peas, carrots, corn. A piece of fruit

The advantages of living in a homestay situation

No long term flat/apartment contracts.

No setting up any supply contracts for power, phone, water, gas, insurance or internet

No worries with paying all the bills (expenses)

No large purchases of furniture items

No maintenance and up-keep charges.

You will not be isolated and on your own in a foreign country

You have the opportunity to participate in everyday aspects of living in a Western environment.

You can concentrate on your studies without distractions.

You have the opportunity to use English everyday in real situations.

General Guidelines while living in a Homestay situation.

Your host family will have rules in their home.

Your host families are not your maids. You will be expected to contribute to some jobs in the home.

Host families do not cook special separate meals for you. However it is important to let them know what you like and dislike. They do want you to enjoy the food that is offered.

Water usage is charged and is expensive. We recommend shower guides of 5 – 10 minutes daily.

Electricity is expensive. We do not have heaters or fans running for long periods of time. Please dress appropriately for the changes in climate. Talk to your family if you are not sure.

Electric blankets may be supplied on your bed. Never leave it on while you are asleep. Ensure you turn it off, as it is a fire hazard.

Bedding will be provided.

Do not bring friends home without asking permission first.

Do not allow other people to stay over without asking first. In many instances this will not be acceptable.

Notice to leave Homestay or change will be 2 weeks in advance.

Should you require to change your Homestay, an additional, non-refundable fee or $250.00 will be charged by the provider each time a request is made.

We value feedback, good and bad so all services can be evaluated.

Please discuss any Homestay issues with the Institute's manager in the first instance.

Sharing a flat (flatting)

Flatmates are advertised in local papers, trademe or student rent.

Room rates will vary from approx. $100.00 - $200.00 per week, plus all expenses on top of this.

Normally the room is unfurnished so you would need to organise all furniture.

Renting a property

Taking on the responsibility of arranging all aspects to rent your own property can be overwhelming when you are a visitor to another country. Most homes or apartments are not furnished.

We recommend you use professional letting companies.

Expect to pay:

A letting fee - usually one weeks rent

A bond – 3 weeks rent

Rent paid weekly, fortnightly or monthly in advance

Subject to regular property inspections.

Further help see tenancy services or flatting 101

Hotels and Motels

Hotels will range from $140 - $200 per night.

This does not include food.

Motels usually will have limited cooking facilities and are self-contained.

Motels cost less than hotels. Prices start from $100 per night.

Meals are usually not provided in Motels.

Use the yellow pages to search for Motels and Hotels.

New Zealand Living Costs Guideline

New Zealand offers value for money in a Western economy.  However, expenses are relative to your "lifestyle".  As a student we recommend that you budget between NZ $14 000.00 to NZ $20 000.00 each year.  This guide includes your accommodation, which has been factored in at a rate of $260.00 each week over a 40 week period. 

Everyday Items

Apple MacBook Pro 13": Approximately $2000.00

McDonald's Big Mac Combo: Approximately $9.00

Bananas: $2.80/kilo average

Movies: $14 - $20

Sim card: from $5.00

Soft drink, 1.5 litres: $2.40

Can of Coca Cola: $2.00

Milk 2 litres: $3.00

Coffee: $4.50

Bottle of wine 750mL: $10-$20 average

Loaf of bread: $3.00

Bus fares

1 stage: $1.90

2 stages:$3.40

Tertiary students can apply for further discounts using a concession card.  More details can be found here

Need to exchange money

All main trading banks are located close to Cornwall Institute to exchange money.  If you need a currency converter use NZforex or Oanda.


New Zealand's power supply is 220/240 volts.  You will need an adapter.  These are readily available from electronic shops throughout Auckland.  Power plugs need to be flat pinned with either two or three pins.

Mobile Phones

Check your phone has international roaming capabilites.  Our main providers are Telecom and Vodafone.  Mobile phones must not be used during class.

Airport Transfer

If you require this we will arrange for you to be met at the Airport and take you to your accommodation.  Cost NZ$ 100.00

Taxis are outside the terminal.  Co-op Taxis are a reliable company.  Corporate Cabs offer superior service.

Airport Shuttle offers value for money.  You will share transport with other people.

Drugs and Medication

New Zealand does not tolerate illegal drugs.  Do not bring them into New Zealand.  You will be arrested.

We recommend that any medicine you carry has a Doctor's note and kept in original packages.

Travel Documents

Ensure that your passport is valid, also including a period of at least 3 months after you depart New Zealand. 




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