Best Student Cities in New Zealand

Before we travel together on a trip around student cities in New Zealand, let’s get to know a little bit about this attractive country.

New Zealand is located in the southwest Pacific Ocean and consists of two islands (southern and northern). In addition to, a number of small islands, most notably Rakyora Island as well as Stewart Island and Chatham Islands.

Also, New Zealand is one of the developed countries and consistently raises to the top the ranking list of the best places to live in terms of quality of life in the world. Besides, New Zealand has an attractive climate, beautiful and scenic landscapes, friendly people and modern and multicultural cities.

Here are some of the best student Cities in New Zealand for your reference:

Auckland City in New Zealand

Auckland is located on the east coast of North Island and is the largest city in New Zealand. Also, Auckland is particularly famous for its multicultural community (although it applies to the entire country).

Besides, this city offers a wide range of activities such as snowboarding, canoeing, windsurfing, mountaineering, bungee jumping, climbing, and diving.

You can also just relax on the beach and enjoy the atmosphere. However, the cost of living in the city for international students is among the highest rates in the country.

For more information, see our article: Costs of studying and living in New Zealand.

The city of Auckland has the top-ranked New Zealand universities in the world university rankings, such as the University of Auckland, the University of Technology Auckland, and many institutes of technology and applied arts.

Besides, it includes an interesting aspect which is its small size and thanks to a fast-growing transport network, most of the attractions of the city center can be explored within half an hour.

Wellington (New Zealand’s Capital)

Wellington, New Zealand’s capital, is located on the south coast of North Island and some think it is more aesthetic and attractive than its rival Auckland.

Besides, Wellington city offers a good selection of cultures and food. The capital Wellington also has its rich fortune of stunning and varied landscapes, beaches, forests, islands, hills, and vineyards.

Universities in Wellington include Victoria University in Wellington and one of the three Massey University campus, as well as many institutes of technology and applied arts.

Besides, the University of Otago has a medical school in Wellington and also the New Zealand School of Music. They are managed by Victoria University in Wellington and Massey University and all are located in the capital, Wellington.

The city of Christchurch in New Zealand

Christchurch is located in the east coast of the South Island. Also, one of the largest cities in the South Island of New Zealand, as well as the third-largest urban area with strong population in New Zealand.

In recent years, Christchurch has undergone many major projects to redevelop the city after its earthquake damage in 2010 and 2011.

The city of Christchurch intends to market itself as a city of parks due to its large areas of public parks and scenic rivers, as well as a thriving cultural and artistic landscape.

Additionally, universities in Christchurch include Canterbury University (New Zealand’s third-best university) and Lincoln University. In addition, it has a selection of specialized faculties (most of which are private faculties). Besides, Christchurch is currently ranked 74th in the Top Student Cities Ranking.

Dunedin City in New Zealand

Dunedin is the main city in the Otago region and the second-largest city in the South Island. This city is also on the east coast of the island. It is about 300 kilometers (190 mi) south of Christchurch city. Besides, Dunedin was the largest city in New Zealand (until about 1900).

Additionally, this city occupies a leading position in the country’s culture and is a major student center. This is because students represent a large proportion of its community.

In addition, Dunedin is home to the second-oldest and top university in New Zealand, the University of Otago.

Hamilton, one of the fastest growing cities in New Zealand

Hamilton is the fourth-largest city in New Zealand, located in the Waikato region in the north of the country. It is famous for the botanical paradise that is the Hamilton Gardens which roams alongside the Waikato River. 

Hamilton stands for its balanced mix of big city feel with the stunning natural landscapes and a sandy beach downside Mount Maunganui. The other main attraction of the city is the 25,000-seater Waikato Stadium. 

For international students, Hamilton hosts one of the top New Zealand universities, which is the University of Waikato. The institution is the one that has the most programs for international students in the country. 

Moreover, the university has this “buddy system” in which foreign students are paired with locals who help them get acquainted with the life in Waikato. Hamilton also has 2 other high-profile universities: Waikato Institute of Technology, and Te Wananga o Aotearoa along with a few research centers.

After you discovered the best student cities in New Zealand, we recommend that you read also the below related articles:

The best universities in New Zealand,

How to apply to a University in New Zealand?

How to obtain a student visa in New Zealand?

Studying for free in New Zealand

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