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 2021 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|
|Average rent (52 weeks)||-||$8,580||$12,220|
|Food (40 weeks)||-||$3,600||$3,600|
|Gas/electricity, internet (52 weeks)||-||$1,400|
|Total for accommodation||$16,340||$13,580||$15,820|
|Personal costs (40 weeks)||$2,640||$2,640||$2,640|
|Entertainment (40 weeks)||$2,200||$2,200||$2,200|
|Medical and travel insurance||$620||$620||$620|
- 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.