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Kavitha Vijeyavelan
24 Feb 2015 157 3 mins Share

New Zealand - Where Home Is Not Just A Place But A Feeling!

Flying to New Zealand? Here is all that you never knew about the country!

24 Feb 2015 157 3 mins Share

A little blue kiwi (technically brown not blue) told us you’re flying to its homeland soon! If we heard right - that is great news and we couldn’t be happier for you! 

New Zealand is one of the world’s most beautiful countries and will not fail to captivate your every nous with its enchanting rainforests, golden sand dunes, alpine terrain, and glacially-fed rivers. 

What You Never Knew!

As you start reading up on your NZ basics, we just HAVE to share a few mind-blowing facts about this island-country that we happened to stumble upon!

  • New Zealanders are the friendliest people on the planet- you will feel at home in no time.
  • There are more number of vending machines in Japan than there are people in NZ!
  • A self- governed island of the country, Niue, has images of Pokemon on its legal tender coins (Awww- how cute is that?!)
  • It was the very last habitable land to be populated in the whole wide world. 
  • TV ads are banned during Good Friday, Easter Sunday, ANZAC Day, and Christmas. So you can finally watch your favourite TV shows in peace during the holidays!
  • Watch your step- there is a giant carnivorous snail lurking around in the South Island!
  • Dunedin houses a clock that has been running since 1864, “despite never having been wound since it was made”! No- REALLY- we ARE serious.
  • Just 5% of NZ’s population is human; well the rest, you ask? Animals! Its sheep to people ratio is 10:1.  (Baa! Baa! Black Sheep - Have you any wool?)

This - ladies and gentlemen- is the Land of the Long White Cloud- unfolding surprises and breathtaking beauty at every nook and corner. 

Accommodate Your Dreams! 

Can hardly wait to get there, can you?  Your next course of action post gaining admission should be arrangement of your accommodation. Time is of the essence- we suggest you step on the gas and start looking -pronto! 

We want to bring to your attention - the types you should be considering at the moment.

Meet Your Best Match! 

Most unis and colleges offer students halls of residence. These usually have a warden living on site and will be located in close proximity to the campus. Its rooms will either be single or twin-shared, with a lounge room, dining hall, and a common laundry facility. Your dietary needs will be catered to and meals provided in most. You will get to meet many interesting people and (most importantly) within a secure environment.  

How Much: Here’s our calculation of the average weekly cost for this option: NZD 200-300. 

Mi Casa Es Su Casa!

Homestay accommodation lets you stay with a local family there – where you generally are provided your own room. You won’t have to bother yourself with grocery shopping and cooking- timely meals will be provided. This option is also an excellent way for you to get a closer look at Kiwi culture and to brush up on your English skills -as you speak with native speakers on a daily basis.

How Much: This option could cost you nearly NZD180 per week. 

Going Flatting Kiwi Style!

Renting an apartment or a flat is another sound alternative.  You will have the option of living with as many students as you‘re comfortable with.  Choices range from single bedroom to five bedroom houses. What would you prefer?

Mostly, ovens and larger appliances like washing machines and dishwashers will be provided. But be warned that many houses don’t have central heating. The landlord will not be obliged to provide you with this- so you might have to split the extra cost with your flat mates. (Brrr!)

Finally before you move in, you will be made to sign a bond (producing two to three weeks’ rent). As long as the house has not suffered any damages when you move out, this amount will be refunded. 

How Much: You’ll have to spend NZD 70 to 150 per week for rent; this amount excludes other living expenses like food, electricity, phone, and water. 

Money Matters!

In general, your living expenses could range anywhere from NZD 7,000 to NZD 12,000 on an annual basis (this could vary widely depending on your lifestyle).  

Putting a Price on Health!

All international students must have health insurance while studying in New Zealand. You can avail medical insurance from India or through the uni you will be studying at. The approximate cost of student health insurance is around NZD 399 per year.

Now that we’ve painted a clear picture of what you should expect and what to look for- what is your pick going to be? If you have any pointers or questions for us regarding the topic, feel free to drop us a line - we’d love to hear from you!

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