Coming from Malaysia to study at UC, one of the things Kee enjoys most at the University is the multicultural environment. 'I have met friends from Thailand, Oman, India, China, Samoa and Tonga. I have got to know their cultures and also improve my communication skills,' he says.

Kee Soing Lim


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Let us help you to estimate your living costs so that there are no surprises when you arrive.

Everybody has different interests and some of us have more expensive lifestyles than others. The costs below are an indication of average living costs in Christchurch. If you love to ski, shop and socialise more than most people, then make sure you allow for this in your budget!

General Costs ($NZ per week)

  • Homestay: $220 – $240
  • Rent: $100 – $200
  • Groceries: $80 – $100
  • Gym membership: $225 – $305 (per year)
  • Entertainment: $50 – $80
  • Local bus transport $20 – $25
  • Pedal power (cycling) – FREE!

Earning part-time income while you study

Some classes of study visa allow you to work part-time for limited hours during your period of study. Many students take this opportunity by working in shops, restaurants, cafes, supermarkets and hotels. With adequate english language skills this can be a fun and rewarding experience, as well as providing modest income to support day-to-day living expenses. Check your part-time work eligibility here.

A recent immigration policy change has introduced limited work rights for some Christchurch English Language schools and their students. See announcement here.