Cost of Living in Wellington

This page will give you an idea about the cost of living in Wellington city. The tables below show estimated living costs for one academic year at Victoria, which is based on 40 weeks. If you are planning to stay in Wellington during the non-academic term, you will need to budget for the extra 12 weeks not included in the estimates below. Also, Residence Hall costs and inclusions vary, so please check carefully the information specific to your preferred housing options in the Accommodation Guide.


2014 Tuition fees

You can find out what your tuition fees are by downloading this PDF .

 


estimated living costs

All prices are quoted in New Zealand Dollars. You can check the latest exchange rates at www.xe.com/ucc

In addition to your tuition fees, student levies, and insurance, below are the estimated range of living costs:

Estimated Average = $18000
one academic year (40 weeks)

Actual living costs will vary significantly depending on personal spending habits. If flatmates cook together for example, and take advantage of the low-cost supermarkets and the weekly fruit-and-vegetable market, expenses for food can be significantly lowered.

Refer to the tables below for a breakdown of estimated costs

Living costs depend on where and how you choose to live. The average weekly cost of a Hall of Residence is between $185 and $315 and it may include up to three daily meals, internet, electricity and local phone costs. Rent for flatting - shared apartment or house - averages $155 per week, with additional costs for food, internet, phone and electricity.


Hall of Residence

Sample budget for an individual student living (single room) in a university hall of residence.

Payments to your hall of residences must be paid in advance, per trimester. Depending on your hall of residence, the advance payment may range from $3500 to $6500 per trimester.

 

Self-Catered

 

Fully-Catered

Hall fee

$195

Hall fee

$315

Power / gas

$10

Power / gas

Included in hall fee

Phone / Internet

May be included in hall fee, check with the Accommodation Service

Phone / Internet

Included in hall fee

Cellphone prepaid

$10

Cellphone
prepaid

$10

Groceries

$70

Meals

Included in hall fee

Toiletries

$10

Toiletries

$10

Transport

$10

Transport

$10

Snacks and lunches

$15

Snacks and lunches

$20

Entertainment

$40

Entertainment

$10

Weekly Subtotal

$360

Weekly Subtotal

$375

Total (40 weeks)

$14400

Total (40 weeks)

$15000

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Flatting - renting a private room

Sample budget for an individual student sharing a house with 2-3 others.

Depending on your rental contract, you will be required to pay a bond, and up to 2 weeks in advance rent.

 

Per Week

Per Academic Year
Trimester 1 + 2
40 weeks

Rent

$155 $6200

Power / gas

$30 $1200

Phone / Internet

$10 $400

Cellphone prepaid

$10 $400

Groceries

$70 $2800

Toiletries

$10 $400

Transport

$25 $1000

Snacks and lunches

$15 $600

Entertainment

$40 $1600

Totals

$365 $14600

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Initial set-up costs for a hall of residence or a private flat

Halls of Residence (based on fully-catered option)

Private Flat (sharing a three-bedroom house)

Hall deposit/bond for flat (partially refundable)

$500

$650

Set-up for flat (e.g. amenities, furniture)

$200

$1500

Course related costs

$1000

$1000

Cellphone purchase

$200

$200

Clothing & personal items

$1200

$1200

Miscellaneous

$250

$250

Total

$3350

 $5300

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costs of common items

Below are some average non-discounted prices of some common goods in New Zealand dollars.

  • Prepaid international telephone call cards around $20 for 5-6 hours
  • Takeaway meal $7 - $20
  • Coffee $4; soft drink $2; beer $7
  • DVD hire $8; cinema $14
  • Backpackers $30 (dorm bunk) per night
  • Taxi from airport to city (in Wellington) $25 - $35
  • Bus/cable car from university to city $2; taxi $12

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