Congratulations, you're on your way to UCOL! We look forward to meeting you.
Download one of our handy pre-departure guides to help plan your trip. Also see New Zealand government advice on
the Get Ready website.
All of UCOL's campuses are located within close walking distance of restaurants and food outlets catering to a variety of cuisines.
Living in Palmerston NorthIf 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 WhanganuiIf 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.
The cost of living in New Zealand is comparable to what you'll find in any OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) country. Use Study in New Zealand's cost of living advice to compare prices and the New Zealand Government's Sorted budgeting tool to work out a detailed budget.
We understand how important it is to stay connected with friends and family. UCOL provides international students free SIM cards so you can get a New Zealand phone number.
In New Zealand,
registering for a doctor (general practitioner or GP) is free and easy.
For medical attention after 5pm and on weekends, there are after-hours medical centres and services available to all students across New Zealand.
If you have medical questions or concerns while in New Zealand, you can call
Healthline on 0800 611 116. Healthline is a free 24-hour telephone health advice service funded by the government's Ministry of Health. This service is operated by registered nurses who will assess a person's condition and health needs, and recommend the best course of action to be taken. They can also provide general health information and location of services.
For all emergencies, call 111.
You should bring only a small amount of cash to New Zealand. If possible, you should
set up a New Zealand bank account before leaving your country so that you can make credit card and cash withdrawals as soon as you arrive.
If this isn't possible,
UCOL's International Support Staff can assist you with bank arrangements soon after you arrive.
UCOL international students receive many community and retail benefits. Here's a few of our key sponsors:
2017 Global Peace Index Report, which compares 162 countries for the risk of personal violence, New Zealand was ranked as the world's 2nd safest country. Regardless, international students must take necessary precautions to keep safe. You can read some helpful tips in the
New Zealand Police's Guide to Keeping Safe (available in several languages) and water safety in New Zealand.
In the event of an emergency, please call the following numbers:
Legal RightsPolice in New Zealand do not routinely carry guns, and are friendly and helpful. Anyone who is arrested will be permitted to speak to a lawyer. If you want to know more about your legal rights in New Zealand make sure to ask at your Orientation.
a free airport pickup service from Palmerston North and Whanganui Airports.
In Palmerston North, you can ride the inner-city buses for free, using your UCOL identification card.
UCOL provides free bus transport between our Manawatū and Whanganui campuses for students and staff.
New Zealand's national public transport system includes buses, ferries and trains. Students planning a tour throughout New Zealand can obtain special student travel passes. Discount fares are also available for plane travel if booked early. Read more on
Immigration New Zealand's or
New Zealand Tourism's website.
Driver's licenseStudents must know the New Zealand Road Rules before driving in New Zealand. In general, you can drive using your overseas driver's license for up to 12 months, but after this time you must convert your license to a New Zealand Driver's License. Read more about the rules and regulations from the New Zealand Transport Agency.
Rules and regulationsYou 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:
In addition to
UCOL's information on working while studying, find out more about the
work rules for students.
Job search websitesThe
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.