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More than 85 per cent of our first-year students come from outside Dunedin, so we place great emphasis on providing high-quality accommodation and support through our residential colleges.

Most students go flatting in their second year, although some opt for a flat in their first year. If you choose to live in a flat, you'll find that living costs in Dunedin are generally lower than in bigger cities.

The table below provides an estimate of living costs in NZ$ and is based on 2022 charging. The costs assume a single student on campus for a period of 40 weeks (one academic year), although depending on accommodation arrangements, some costs may be incurred for the full 52 weeks of the year.

Residential college Shared flat Studio room
Accommodation Fee $18,315 -
Average rent (52 weeks) - $10,400 $13,000
Food (40 weeks) - $4,000 $4,000
Gas/electricity, internet (52 weeks) - $1,800
Total for accommodation $18,315 $16,200 $17,000
Personal costs (40 weeks) $3,200 $3,200 $3,200
Entertainment (40 weeks) $2,200 $2,200 $2,200
Medical and travel insurance $620 $620 $620
Total $24,335 $22,220 $23,020


  • In addition to the accommodation fee, the residential colleges charge a small amenity fee.
  • Food costs are based on a moderate food budget where most cooking is done at home from seasonal and basic ingredients.
  • Personal costs vary considerably depending on lifestyle.
  • The estimate represents a restrained style of living and does not include travel costs or any significant personal expenditure items.
  • Electricity costs are approximate and can be significantly higher in winter.
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