When you study at Victoria University of Wellington, you will enjoy a great quality of life, a diverse and welcoming environment, and a student experience to remember.

Located in New Zealand’s vibrant capital city, Victoria University of Wellington enjoys privileged access to the country’s leaders, influencers, and decision makers. This in turn shapes our world-class degrees.

When you study in Wellington, you also have access to the city’s many museums, archives, libraries, scientific institutes, cultural bodies, financial, legal and business institutions, and political and government agencies.

Study in

New Zealand's safest city and #7 in the world


World's coolest capital city


Home to key international and government agencies

#1 Environmental sercurity


So compact you can walk almost anywhere

Most liveable capital city in the world

The Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2021 Global Liveability Index

497 km of coastline

2,000 Sunshine hours each year

Living Costs

Wellington is an affordable study destination, with options to suit every budget.

Costs can vary depending on lifestyle, accommodation, and hobbies and interests. However, for a reasonable standard of living, we think students need about $20,000- $27,000 a year.

Additional costs
  • Flights to and from New Zealand
  • Tuition fees
  • Clothes
Covering your living costs

To get a New Zealand student visa, students must prove that they can cover their living costs. These can vary depending on which part of New Zealand students study in, what sort of lifestyle they want to live, and whether they can get a part-time job. Most student visas allow students to work up to 20 hours a week in term time, and full-time in the holidays.



Cost of LivingHomestay estimated weekly cost in NZ$
Accommodation$360 – $390
Electricity, water and gasIncluded in homestay fee
InternetIncluded in homestay fee
Mobile phone plan$5 – $15
Public Transport$0 – $35
FoodIncluded in full-board homestay fee
Free time activities$50 – $150

  This table is only applicable to Homestay prices. 

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