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Cost of living in Dunedin

Dunedin is a very affordable city to live in.

Even the New Zealand cities of Auckland and Wellington, considered New Zealand’s most expensive, are in fact among the cheapest in the developed world according to the Mercer Worldwide Cost of Living Survey 2015.

The Mercer survey measures the comparative cost of over 200 items in each location, including housing, transport, food, clothing, household goods and entertainment. It is the world’s most comprehensive cost of living survey.

The survey, which ranks 207 cities across five continents, placed Auckland in 61st position and Wellington at 79th. Here are the most expensive cities in each of the continents:

  • Asia – Hong Kong is at 2nd position,
  • Europe – Zurich at 3rd,
  • North America – New York at 16th,
  • South America – Buenos Aires at 19th,
  • Oceania – Sydney in neighbouring Australia was ranked 31st

In New Zealand, the further south you go, the cheaper it becomes to live. This is true of Dunedin which is located in the bottom half of the country’s South Island.

For details on cost of living in New Zealand you can visit the New Zealand Now website:

New Zealand Now

Cost to rent while studying in Dunedin

You could expect to pay NZ$300 to NZ$400 per week to rent a standard 2 or 3 bedroom house.

Use this currency converter to see this figure converted into your home currency.

Trade Me is a New Zealand auction site, where you can  see a listing of houses for rent in Dunedin right now.

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