Living in New Zealand

Discover life in beautiful New Zealand, one of the world’s best places to study abroad.

Living in New Zealand

New Zealand, also known as Aotearoa in Māori, is a multicultural and peaceful country, with beautiful scenery and incredible landscapes. The people of New Zealand or ‘Kiwis’ are friendly and proud of their country’s history and culture. New Zealand is the second safest country in the world (rated in the Global Peace Index 2017) meaning you will feel secure as well as welcomed when you come to study in Auckland.

In New Zealand, you can experience a wide variety of epic landscapes in one day. You can see breathtaking glaciers, beautiful fjords, rugged mountains, hills, forests, volcanoes, and miles of coastline with gorgeous sandy beaches. 

Study in an incredible country

Students here have a great quality of life, enjoying many hours of sunshine every day, and fantastic outdoor activities including hiking, swimming, snowboarding and surfing - and even whale and dolphin watching! Students also enjoy a great quality of education, as education in New Zealand is internationally respected. 

Get more for your money

The living costs in New Zealand are affordable compared to many other countries. For information on living costs and the minimum financial requirements for a visa visit

Welcome to Auckland

You will be studying in the friendly city of Auckland that is full of great food, shopping, parks and entertainment. People are friendly, and students are a welcomed part of the population. You will feel like part of the community here.

Auckland has excellent cultural and art communities and events, and you can read more about them on our Student Life page.

Auckland – one of the best places to study abroad

  • Named the world’s 3rd best city for quality of life (Mercer Quality of Living Index 2017).
  • Ranked 4th most cosmopolitan city in the world (International Organisation for Migration’s 2015 World Migration Report).
  • New Zealand’s most ethnically diverse city and one of the most multicultural cities in the world, home to more than 200 nationalities.

Student life

A group of Auckland Foundation Year students at Wynyard Quarter

Discover student life at Taylors College Auckland and the academic and personal support you’ll receive throughout your studies.

Our programmes

An Auckland Foundation Year student

Discover what you'll study on the Auckland Foundation Year, Pre-Foundation Programme and our English Language Preparation Programme.

New Zealand education

AFY students in an art class

Education in New Zealand is widely regarded as among the best in the world, so you can be sure you'll receive a great quality education.