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Best Cities in New Zealand for Students

New Zealand has some of the top cities in the world for university study and for students to live in. They offer the combination of excellent universities and high living standards.

It is interesting to compare New Zealand cities as places for university study. While there are many similarities, each city has its own qualities. For students coming to study abroad, knowing about the different cities can be useful. It helps to choose a university city and make the most of what the place has to offer.

Wellington

Wellington is rated as New Zealand’s top city for students.

Wellington, the capital city and second most populous urban area of New Zealand.

Students find the city peaceful and as a great option for higher studies due to universities like the Victoria University of Wellington and Massey University. And, the Victoria University of Wellington is famous for its courses in law, science and humanity amongst several other courses.
Population
418,500
Average International Fees
NZ$20,000
Desirability Rank
88th
Employer Activity Rank
10th
Affordability Rank Rank
102nd
Student View Rank
6th

Auckland

University of Auckland, located in Auckland is New Zealand’s largest and highest ranked university. As per the QS World University Rankings 2014/15, it ranks at 92nd in the world.

The university comprises of eight faculties and six campuses. Auckland being the largest city in New Zealand and rated the third most livable city in the world.

Additional student expenses for living in Auckland may go up to $20,000 per year.
Population
1,695,900
Average International Fees
NZ$20,000
Desirability Rank
16th
Employer Activity Rank
57th
Affordability Rank Rank
97th
Student View Rank
92nd

Dunedin

Dunedin is a historically, culturally and geographically rich city of New Zealand. While the summers here are mild, the winters are cool but mostly sunny. The frosty weather and snowfall during winters is what attracts most of the students to this city.

Dunedin is house to the oldest higher education institution in New Zealand – the University of Otago. It is the second entry in the QS World University Rankings 2014/15, ranked 159th in the world.

Daily passenger bus services makes it easier for students to travel to the university and back home. The cost of living is also low in Dunedin as compared to the other cities in New Zealand.
Population
130,700
Average International Fees
NZ$24,900
Desirability Rank
29th
Employer Activity Rank
62nd
Affordability Rank Rank
107th
Student View Rank
44th

Christchurch

The University of Canterbury in Christchurch is New Zealand’s third-highest ranked university at 211th in the world.

It is the second-oldest higher education institution in the country. It offers courses in subjects such as health sciences, arts, engineering, commerce, fine arts, law, forestry, sports coaching and teaching, music, speech and language pathology, social work, science, etc.

The education offered in Christchurch is outstanding and the cost of living is moderate.
Population
404,500
Average International Fees
NZ$23,600
Desirability Rank
47th
Employer Activity Rank
50th
Affordability Rank Rank
93rd
Student View Rank
16th

New Plymouth

Soothing climatic conditions all-round the year make New Plymouth a preferable study abroad city for international students in New Zealand. Five universities are based in the city, with an average quality similar to other major cities. As we know that NZ specializes in hospitality related courses, New Plymouth’s Pacific International Hotel Management School is a great option for students willing to pursue hotel management and experience real life learning in the hotel school.
Population
58,300
Average International Fees
NZ$23,600
Desirability Rank
47th
Employer Activity Rank
50th
Affordability Rank Rank
93rd
Student View Rank
16th

Ranking Formula

Australia’s best cities to study and live in are ranked based on three things.

Livability

The most livable cities for students in Australia include Melbourne, Brisbane and Wollongong. Livability depends on factors such as living costs, climate, culture, transport and layout.

Cost of Living

The cost of living is an important part of livability. Differences in living costs between cities are mainly due to variations in housing prices. Our cost of living index reveals the cheapest and most expensive places to live. It also shows how city choice affects student budgets.

University Choice

The best university cities have quality universities and give students choices about institutions and courses. They also tend to attract international students. Melbourne and Perth are top Australian cities for course choices and drawing students from abroad.
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