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.
|Homestay placement fee (UOLCFY students)||NZ$250|
|Homestay placement fee (University / Other)||NZ$350|
|Designated Caregiver admin fee||NZ$250|
|Homestay holiday fee - per night||NZ$9|
|Homestay fee||NZ$38 per night|
|Halal Homestay||NZ$42 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.
We strongly recommend that while in New Zealand you do not carry large amounts of cash on your person or leave cash in your room.
We suggest opening a bank account as soon as possible after arrival.
There are three banks with branches in the campus area: the Bank of New Zealand, ANZ Bank and Westpac and there are numerous automatic teller machines that dispense cash 24 hours a day.
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.