Living in Wellington

Welcome to a new life in Wellington—and a great student lifestyle. Make New Zealand's friendly capital city your home with our tips on accommodation and more.

Wellington regularly ranks as one of the most liveable cities in the world according to the Global Liveability Index. It is compact, safe, friendly, and a great place to live. But don’t take our word for it—come and see for yourself!

Quality of life


Wellington consistently makes the list as one of the safest cities in the world. (Travel Safe Abroad, 2022)


Wellington is compact and easy to get around—everything is only a short journey away.


Wellingtonians come from all over the world—it’s a welcoming place to live.

I love Wellington’s diversity, mixed culture, and living style as well as being able to easily walk around the city. It makes me feel safe, comfortable, and relaxed.
Hla Mynt Thu

Hla Myint Thu (Myanmar),

Master of Public Management

Getting started in Wellington


Where you live will be an important part of your Wellington experience. Our student accommodation is safe, comfortable, and provides a supportive living environment. You can choose to live with a local family in a homestay, or find a flat in one of Wellington's unique neighbourhoods. Most options are within easy walking distance of our three city campuses.

Working in New Zealand

New Zealand has excellent work rights for international students. You may be able to work part time while you study—and for three years after your degree.

Cost of living

Wellington is an affordable place to live compared to many international cities. You can also live cheaply by shopping at the weekly vegetable markets, walking or using public transportation, and cooking your own meals. Find out your likely living costs using our cost calculator.

Wellington weather


14–24°C / 57–75°C


6–12°C / 43–54°F

Sometimes very windy...

Practical advice

Money and banking

It is a good idea to open a New Zealand bank account as soon as you arrive. Here are some more tips about money and banking.


Find out about getting immunised before you arrive and about accessing healthcare in New Zealand.

Bringing your family

If you are planning to bring your family with you to New Zealand, you will need to consider their visas, accommodation, and support.


English is the most widely spoken language in New Zealand. However, the two official languages are English and Māori. New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) is the primary language used by the deaf community in New Zealand.

If you're visiting New Zealand, it might be helpful to learn Māori greetings and phrases. You may like to learn introductory te reo Maōri (language) and gain an understanding of Māori tikanga (culture) through one of our courses.

NauMai NZ

This Education New Zealand website is full of practical information and tips for international students in New Zealand, including tips on local customs and culture.

Talk to us

If you have any questions about moving to Wellington or about your studies in general, you can talk to our International team.