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City view of Auckland from Mt Eden

Student life in Auckland

Auckland has a population of 1.4 million inhabitants spread over an area twice as large as London. Auckland has people from a variety of cultures and ethnic groups from all over the world are present in Auckland, making the city the most cosmopolitan in the country. Students live in a large city, but are still close to beaches, nature walks and the surrounding islands.

Student life in Auckland

Kia Ora! Welcome to Auckland, the capital of New Zealand. A city that offers vibrant beach life at both Waitemata Harbour's popular beaches and good surfing conditions at Piha and Muriwai. Cultural activities can be found at both the Auckland Town Hall and Aotea Centre which host conferences and cultural events such as theater, kapa haka, concerts and opera.

Muriwai beach in Waitakere Auckland

New Zealand lies deep in the South Pacific, approximately 1,600 kilometres south-east of Australia, its nearest neighbour. It consists of two main islands and several outlying ones, and is similar in size to the United Kingdom or Japan. New Zealand was the last land mass on earth to be discovered, making it the youngest country in the world to be settled! 

Sweet things with the student life in Auckland

  • You’re never more than 30 minutes from a beach paradise. Auckland is home to some of New Zealand’s most beautiful coasts.
  • Browse around some of the best fresh farmers markets in the world—straight from the Kiwi farm to your tummy. 
  • Auckland regularly hosts many major entertainment and cultural events
  • Choose from great places to eat, drink and enjoy a full nightlife among Auckland's many nightclubs, bars, restaurants, cafes and pubs

Auckland skyline by night 

Working opportunities as a student in Auckland

Working at the side of your studies
Students enrolled in a full-time programme may be able to work up to 20 hours per week during the year and full-time during scheduled holidays in their study, but they must meet several requirements. Please see the Immigration New Zealand webpage for more information.

Post-Study work visa
When a student has completed their degree, they might be able to work in New Zealand for up to four years. After this, they can apply for a further temporary work visa and even gain permanent residency. The chances of getting a further work visa or permanent residency will be greatly improved if they have the skills that the New Zealand government urgently needs.

Hobbiton - Visit the place where the epic triology Lord of the Rings partly recorded

Rent a car or campervan in Auckland

If you wish to explore the areas surrounding Auckland and the rest of beautiful New Zealand, KILROY offers car rental and campervans. We'll be happy to find you the best and cheapest option for your needs.

Climate in Auckland

Auckland's climate is temperate, with warm summers (averaging more than 24 degrees) and cooler winters (averaging 16 degrees). The summer months are between December and March.

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