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Arriving Soon


Congratulations, you're on your way to UCOL! We look forward to meeting you.

Pre-departure guides

Download one of our handy pre-departure guides to help plan your trip. Also see New Zealand government advice on the Get Ready website.


Living in NZ

Plan your move to New Zealand
To help plan your move to New Zealand, consider using Immigration New Zealand's handy online tool. Simply answer a few questions and receive helpful advice with a customised 'to do' list. Try Immigration NZ's Plan your move to NZ online tool


A complete range of fresh meats, poultry and fish is available in New Zealand. Fresh fruit and vegetables are plentiful, and you can get the best variety and prices at specialty vegetable shops.

Ethnic foodstuffs are available from most supermarkets in their international section, and at specialty stores. 

All of UCOL's campuses are located within close walking distance of restaurants and food outlets catering to a variety of cuisines.

If you plan on bringing food from your home country, research what is allowed under New Zealand law.

Clothing to bring
New Zealand has four seasons and changeable weather. It's recommended that you bring:
  • Woollen jerseys
  • Waterproof jackets 
  • Covered shoes with rubber soles
  • Sports shoes
You'll have a limited luggage allowance. See Study in New Zealand's tips for packing for a 30kg luggage allowance.

Living in Palmerston North
If you're planning to study at UCOL Manawatū, find out about the city and surrounding Manawatu region by taking a look at the official tourism website for Manawatu.

Living in Whanganui
If you're planning to study at UCOL Whanganui, find out about the city by taking a look at the official tourism site for Whanganui.


UCOL doesn't arrange accommodation for international students, but we can provide some options nearby campus for you to consider. See our Accommodation Options page.


Working in NZ

Rules and regulations
You may be entitled to do some paid work whilst studying in New Zealand depending on your student visa conditions. To be able to work, you must meet one of seven requirements. The most common requirements are: 

  • your study programme is for at least two years
  • the study leads to a New Zealand qualification that gains points under the New Zealand Skilled Migrant Category; or
  • you are taking an English language course that meets conditions approved by Immigration New Zealand

In addition to UCOL's information on working while studying, find out more about the work rules for students

Job search websites
The Careers NZ website can be used as a resource for researching jobs in your field of study and how to apply for jobs in New Zealand. 

Paying tax 
If you intend on working while studying in New Zealand find out about your tax obligations on Inland Revenue's website.