Student life

Student services, support and campus life during your Auckland Foundation Year at Taylors College.

Life in Auckland

Taylors College Auckland is located in the multicultural city of Auckland, which sits between two beautiful harbours.

Auckland is New Zealand's largest city, and was named as the world's third best city to live in by the 2017 Mercer Quality of Living survey.

Auckland is a welcoming city and home to many diverse international communities. It is a very laid back city, close to the sea, with lots of places to go and activities to enjoy, including a huge choice of entertainment venues, restaurants and shopping malls. Throughout the year there are lots of things to do in Auckland, including different cultural festivals, hiking and other outdoor activities.

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AFY students

Unique Auckland activities 

There are many unique activities to do in Auckland. You can ascend New Zealand's highest building, the Sky Tower, for panoramic views of the city or climb a volcano by hiking up Mount Eden. You can also:

  • Experience Māori culture in the Auckland Museum, or on a city tour with a local Māori.
  • Visit Waiheke Island on a 35-minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland.
  • Swim, surf or relax on one of Auckland’s 28 local beaches.

Student life on campus

The Taylors College Auckland campus is located in the heart of the city. On campus, you will find modern facilities and great spaces to study, relax and socialise with your friends. Close by you will find there are plenty of restaurants, shops, coffee shops and cafés, galleries, museums and live music venues that you can visit.

Auckland is home to several universities, so there are many students living in and around the city. You will easily make new friends from all around the world and enjoy your time in New Zealand. 

Settling in to student life

As a new student you will undergo a comprehensive orientation programme. You'll be given The Student Handbook, which includes essential information about living and studying in New Zealand and at Taylors College Auckland. Orientation is also a great opportunity to meet teachers, make friends and find your way around the campus.

On-campus support

We have a dedicated team of multilingual student welfare staff who are trained in the areas of student welfare, to ensure you are a happy, healthy and successful student. 

Read more about the ways we help while you study with us:

Services and facilities include:

Student Welfare Team

Get help with welfare issues, accommodation, pastoral care and counselling from experienced staff.

Student activity programme

We provide a programme of social and cultural activities to help you make friends, adapt to life in Auckland and make the most of your time in New Zealand.

University counselling

We can help you to make the right decisions about your future. Our Counsellor can advise on suitable degree programmes that meet your career aims. We also arrange campus visits and information sessions.

Visa renewal service

Use our on-campus visa renewal service if you need to extend your current visa or change to Taylors College Auckland from another school in New Zealand. Our service is quicker and cheaper than applying directly to Immigration New Zealand.

24-hour emergency contact

For help in an emergency, we have staff at Taylors College Auckland who are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Study guides

You will be provided with a series of booklets to help guide you through your course. For each subject, the booklet provides details of your study programme, assessment tasks, additional course materials and learning support options.


You can attend free tutorials to receive additional support from your teachers. Tutorials are delivered one-to-one or in small groups. They are timetabled fortnightly for each subject.

Mentor groups

During your time at Taylors College Auckland, you will be assigned a mentor teacher and mentor group. You will meet your mentor group and teacher once a week to chat about academic and personal issues and New Zealand culture. Your mentor teacher can also provide personal and academic counselling throughout your time at Taylors College Auckland.


You will be assessed through exams and/or coursework, depending on your chosen subjects. Your teachers will help you to prepare for your exams and coursework assignments, and provide feedback on your results. Most subjects have a mid-term and final exam.

Attendance monitoring

Good attendance is essential for success in your studies. Attendance is recorded for every lesson, so your presence in class is strictly monitored.

All students under the age of 18 receive addition support and guidance through our Taylors Extra Care service. A member of our welfare staff will act as the student’s personal caregiver and will provide a range of services to the student and their parents.

Services include:

  • Telephone conversations with parents
  • Visits to the homestay
  • Wellbeing and homestay experience interview (held quarterly on campus)
  • Academic progress and attendance monitoring
  • Written report given to parents
  • 24-hour service in case of emergency
  • Outdoor activities organised
  • Help with settling in
  • Help to set up a bank account and manage personal finances
  • Frequent communication with homestay hosts
Auckland Foundation Year student Burul

"Taylors College gave me confidence, the emotional support is very important for me. The staff are very kind to me and very helpful. The most important thing for me is how well I get on with the teachers. I may have changed as a person since coming to New Zealand because I live alone and every day I face small problems, which I think is good for me, it is a good experience."

Burul from Kyrgystan

Campus and facilities

Yi, a student at Auckland Foundation Year

Study on our Taylors College campus in Auckland. Here, you will benefit from a high level of student support and state-of-the-art college facilities.


Two Auckland Foundation Year students in their homestay accommodation

Stay in student residences, a homestay or private accommodation. We can help you make your decision and settle in when you arrive.

Life in New Zealand

A group of Auckland Foundation Year students in Wynyard Quarter

Explore life in beautiful New Zealand - a multicultural and peaceful country with beautiful scenery where you're sure to feel at home.