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Accommodation fees

We understand that finding good accommodation is important to help you succeed in your study.

There are a number of options available to you. Here at the University of Otago Language Centre and Foundation Year we have assessed all homestay and university owned accommodation options.

They are all suitable for you. All other types of accommodation have not been assessed by us.

2020 Fees

Homestay placement fee (UOLCFY students) NZ$300
Homestay placement fee (University / Other) NZ$350
Designated Caregiver admin fee NZ$250
Homestay fee
NZ$40 per night
Homestay fee - specific dietary requirements
NZ$44 per night
Homestay fee - sports / training
NZ$50 per night
Homestay fee - holiday NZ$9 per night
Airport pickup Free with homestay
  

2021 Fees

Homestay placement fee (UOLCFY students) NZ$300
Homestay placement fee (University / Other) NZ$350
Designated Caregiver admin fee NZ$250
Homestay fee
NZ$44 per night
Homestay fee - specific dietary requirements
NZ$48 per night
Homestay fee - sports / training
NZ$55 per night
Homestay fee - holiday NZ$10 per night
Airport pickup Free with homestay
  

Financial matters and the cost of living in New Zealand

In order to live comfortably while you are in Dunedin, you will need to have about $NZ12,000 - $NZ15,000 per year available for living costs, above the cost of your tuition.

It is important that you have some New Zealand cash for immediate costs (eg airport costs or transport).

There are foreign exchange offices at the international terminals of each New Zealand airport.

If possible, we recommend that students open a New Zealand bank account as soon as possible if studying in New Zealand. Until a bank account has been opened, we recommend that students should always leave cash in a safe place at all times. For safety reasons, students should not carry too much cash on their person at any one time.

There are a number of New Zealand banks on George Street, Dunedin, these are Westpac, ANZ, BNZ and ASB. All of these banks have Automatic Teller Machines (ATM) that dispense cash 24 hours a day with an eftpos (bank card). Please note: each bank will have its own criteria for study timeframes when opening a bank account.

You can also purchase goods using EFTPOS (cash card) at nearly all retailers.

Any major amounts of money may be sent in the form of a bank draft, but electronic transfers are, in most cases, the most efficient method of sending funds to New Zealand.

Overseas cheques are sometimes difficult to clear and are not recommended.