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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

Student visas
Once you receive an Unconditional Offer of Place to study at UCOL and have paid course fees, you need to apply for a student visa to be able to study in New Zealand. Find out more about student visa rules on the NZ Study + Work website. 

All international students planning to study at UCOL must have Medical and Travel Insurance - a compulsory requirement of The New Zealand Code of Practice for Pastoral Care of International Students. Medical and Travel Insurance must cover you from the beginning of your studies until at least the expiry date of your student visa. 

All international students are automatically enrolled in the JLT student Plus Scheme, UCOL's preferred insurance provider. This competitively priced Medical and Travel Insurance policy will cover you from departure of your home country to the expiry date of your student visa. This policy charge will be added to your tuition fee invoice at the time of enrolment.

If you choose to purchase your own insurance policy, this charge will be removed when you show your insurance certificate to UCOL at the Student Information Centre.

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 some supermarkets in their international section, and at specialty stores, including the following in Palmerston North:
  • Davis Trading 
  • Dong Shen
  • Hana Mart

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


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

Homestay accommodation is where you live with a New Zealand family. You are provided with your own fully furnished room and three meals a day. 

Living in a homestay will allow you to concentrate on your studies, learn about New Zealand culture, practice English, and get used to life in New Zealand with the support of a friendly and caring family. 

The cost of homestay accommodation is approximately $245 NZD per week. This covers food, electricity, room and internet. 

UCOL can facilitate living in a homestay. There is a one-off placement fee of $230 NZD. Send a completed homestay accommodation application form to