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A helpful guide for students moving to New Zealand

Chess Moving is part of the largest removalist network in the world (Harmony Relocation Network). This means we can advise you on how to settle into your new destination, to make life easier for you.

Over the last couple of years, there’s been a steady growth in the number of students moving to New Zealand and Chess Moving has gone above and beyond to help our clients navigate this transition (by tapping into our extensive network).

New Zealand is a popular destination for students, with universities attracting more than their fair share of the pie. There were more than 20 000 international students studying at New Zealand universities from 2010 to 2016, according to official figures.

If you’re planning to set up your life in New Zealand, we can help you to settle in, since we’ve made it our business to learn everything we can about our Pacific neighbour.

Thinking of studying abroad at a university?

New Zealand’s eight universities offer a range of courses for undergraduate, Masters and Doctoral degrees. Australian citizens are classified as domestic students, which means you’re eligible for student loans. Organisations like Study Link help students make informed choices about their finances.

New Zealand universities generally have smaller classes than other parts of the world, so it’s easier to get to know your classmates and tutors. New Zealand also goes to considerable lengths to promote student wellbeing, as one of the first countries to adopt a Code of Practise.

There are many options when it comes to accommodation, with the Halls of residence (located on most university campuses) being the most common choice. There are also different options for homestay and rent, for those who prefer a more subdued environment.

New Zealand’s outdoorsy and sporty culture is similar to ours, so Aussies are likely to feel at home. Temperatures can drop significantly in mountainous regions, especially during winter, so it’s important to pack suitable clothing.

Auckland and Wellington are two of the largest cities in New Zealand – offering an overwhelming variety of restaurants, shops and nightlife activities. But there’s also plenty to do outside the major cities, especially if you love the outdoors! Students looking for a break from their books can try kayaking, cycling, sailing, hiking, rafting and more.

Keep in mind that many New Zealanders (namely the Māori people) show the utmost respect for nature, so it’s important to be mindful of your surroundings, if you want to fit into the Kiwi way of life.

Students studying in New Zealand get the whole package: domestic fees, student loans, a sense of adventure and high levels of support - both on and off campus. It’s easy to see why so many choose to go there!

If you’re planning to move to New Zealand, contact us and we’ll help you get settled by providing invaluable advice about everything you need to know before you arrive.


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