Welcome to New Zealand—find out about getting around Wellington, spending and earning money, setting up a phone and bank account and getting medical help.
Becoming familiar with Wellington and Victoria takes a little time, especially when you're new to the country, too.
If you want to bring your family with you while you study in NZ, you’ll need to arrange visas and make sure you’ll be able to support them financially.
You don’t need to own a car to get around Wellington—but if you want to buy or hire one you may need to get a New Zealand driver licence.
It’s a good idea to open a bank account as soon as you get to NZ, so you don’t have to carry large amounts of cash or pay big fees to use your home account.
Save on roaming charges by buying a New Zealand SIM card for your phone. International calling cards are usually cheaper than standard international rates.
You might be able to work part time while you’re studying—your visa will tell you if you can.
Most international students aren’t eligible for publicly funded healthcare—but Studentsafe–University insurance should cover your medical expenses.