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Cost of Living

You will need to have sufficient money to cover your accommodation and living costs in addition to your tuition fees. Hamilton City is regarded as an affordable place to live compared to other New Zealand cities. This means that you have more spending money for social and leisure activities.

Halls of Residence (fully-catered)

The example below is based on staying in College Hall (fully-catered). Find out the accommodation costs for all our Halls of Residence.

Basic weekly expenses

Halls of Residence accommodation $350.00
Food
This will vary if you choose the self-catered option or the fully-catered option.
Included in fully-catered
Telephone/Internet
Free access in bedrooms.
Included
Mobile Phone
This will vary if you're using prepay or contract and the amount you use your phone.
$7.50
Transport
This will vary on your transport choice. This cost is based upon owning a private vehicle.
$40.00
Entertainment
This will vary on what you decide to do for entertainment.
$50.00
Total weekly cost $447.50

Annual or one-off costs

Halls of Residence deposit
Includes $100 non-refundable administration fee.
$500.00
Student Services Levy
This is based upon a levy for full time study.
$479.00
Textbooks, course readings and printing
This will vary on your programme of study and how much printing you do.
$1000.00
University internet
Free 2GB per month with the ability to purchase additional data from Lightwire.
Included
Parking
Based on a one year Halls of Residence permit.
$120.00
Clothes and toiletries
This will vary on the type of clothing and toiletries you purchase.
$800.00
Total annual cost $2,899.00

Additional costs for international students

Airline tickets
This will vary on what country you are departing from.
Varies
Medical and travel insurance
Based on 12 months of cover from our recommended service provider, StudentSafe University.
$590.00
Visa
This will vary on your country of citizenship and visa type.
$270.00
Total additional costs for international students $860.00 + flights

Tuition fees are not included in these estimated costs. You will need to factor these into your budget to give you a true measure of your total costs of study per year.

No insurances have been included in these estimated costs except for medical and travel insurance for international students. If you need insurance, please include this in your estimated costs.

Flatting

Basic weekly expenses

Rent – based on sharing a house with flatmates
1 room house with other flatmates
1 bedroom unit/apartment
2 bedroom house
3 bedroom house
$100.00
$90.00 -$135.00+
$150.00 – $200.00+
$220.00 – $350.00+
$295.00 – $360.00+
Food prices
Single student
Family

$75.00+
$50+ per person 
Telephone/Internet
This varies depending on your requirements.
$10.00
Electricity/Gas
This varies depending on your requirements.
$25.00
Mobile phone
This will vary if you're using pre-pay or contract and the amount you use your phone.
$7.50
Transport
This will vary on your transport choice. This is based upon owning a private vehicle.
$40.00
Entertainment
This will vary on what you decide to do for entertainment.
$50.00
Total weekly cost $307.50

Annual or one-off costs

Rental extra charges – based on sharing a house with flatmates
Bond (usually 3 or 4 weeks rent) – refundable at the end of tenancy
Letting fee (1 weeks rent + GST) – non-refundable

$415.00
$300.00
$115.00 
Student Services Levy
This is based on a levy for full time study.
$479.00
Textbooks, course readings and printing
This will vary on your programme of study and how much printing you do.
$1,000.00
University internet
Free 2GB per month with the ability to purchase additional data from Lightwire.
Included
Parking
Based on a one year semester concession.
$120.00
Clothes and toiletries
This will vary on the type of clothing and toiletries you purchase.
$800.00
Total weekly cost $2,814.00

Additional costs for international students

Airline tickets
This will vary on what country you are departing from.
Varies
Medical and travel insurance
Based on 12 months of cover from our recommended service provider, StudentSafe University.
$590.00
Visa
This will vary on your country of citizenship and visa type.
$270.00
Total additional cost to international students$860.00 + flights

Tuition fees are not included in these estimated costs.  You will need to be factor these into your budget to give you a true measure of your total costs of study per year.

No insurances have been included in these estimated costs except for medical and travel insurance for international students. If you need insurance, please include this in your budget.

You may also need to plan for connection fees from your electricity/gas and telephone/internet providers and car servicing repairs, warrant of fitness and registration, as well as other costs that may need to be budgeted for during the year.

Homestay

Basic weekly expenses

Homestay accommodation
Weekly board cost.
$259.00
Food
This includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.
Included
Telephone/Internet
Only included if your host family has these services.
Included
Mobile phone
This will vary if you're using pre-pay or contract and the amount you use your phone.
$7.50
Transport
This will vary on your transport choice. This is based upon using public transport.
$25.00
Entertainment
This will vary on what you decide to do for entertainment.
$50.00
Total weekly cost$341.50

Annual or one-off costs

Homestay administration fee
Non-refundable.
$300.00
Under 18 designated caregiver assessment
Only applicable if you are under 18 and is non-refundable.
$200.00
Student Services Levy
This is based on a levy for full time study.
$479.00
Textbooks, course readings and printing
This will vary on your programme of study and how much printing you do. 
$1,000.00
University internet
Free 2GB per month with the ability to purchase additional data from Lightwire.
Included
Clothes and toiletries
This will vary on the type of clothing and toiletries you purchase.
$800.00
Total annual cost$2,779.00

Additional costs

Airline tickets
This will vary on what country you are departing from.
Varies
Medical and travel insurance
Based on 12 months of cover from our recommended service provider, StudentSafe University.
$590.00
Visa
This will vary on your country of citizenship and visa type.
$270.00
Total additional costs for international students$860.00 + flights

Tuition fees are not included in these estimated costs.  You will need to be factor these into your budget to give you a true measure of your total costs of study per year.

Families and dependants

The estimated living costs above are based on individual students. We recommend you visit off campus accommodation for information on accommodation and try the following budgeting tools:

Budgeting help

The Waikato Students’ Union offers free budgeting advice. We also encourage you to make use of online budget calculators to help estimate yearly expenses.

Further information for international students