Living in Wellington

Welcome to a new life in Wellington—and a great student lifestyle. Settle into one of the world’s most liveable cities with our tips on accommodation and more.

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

*Wellington was #1 most liveable city in the world according to the Deutsche Bank Quality of Life Survey, 2017 and 2018. In 2019, we rank #2 after Zurich.

Quality of life

Safe

Wellington is ranked #5 in the world for personal safety (Safe Cities Index 2019).

Easy

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

Welcoming

Wellingtonians come from all over the world—it’s a friendly, 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

Accommodation

Where you live will be an important part of your Wellington experience. Our student accommodation is safe, comfortable, and provides a supportive living environment. 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 everywhere, and cooking your own meals. Find out your likely living costs using our cost calculator.

Wellington weather

Summer

13–24°C / 55–75°F

Winter

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.

Healthcare

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.

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.