Budgeting for your expenses

To work out how much it costs to study at Ara for one year, you need to consider the following items. All costs shown are in New Zealand dollars. 

Costs are a guide only and may be subject to change.

Tuition 2016

Mainstream programmes
Tuition  $17,950 - $27,640
Student Services' fee (annual) $190
English Language courses
Registration Fee $250
Intensive English/General English (minimum 4 weeks) $395 per week

  • Volunteer work
  • IELTS exam preparation
$395 per week
Intensive IELTS Exam Preparation (4 weeks) - IELTS exam fee not included $1,580
New Zealand Certificate in English Language - Levels 3, 4 and 5 $9,270 per semester
Cambridge Certificate Courses (12 weeks)
  • PET
  • FCE
  • CAE

(Cambridge exam fee not included.)

Teacher Training - TESOL (6 weeks)Please enquire
IELTS exam fee $385
Cambridge exam fees $270 - $310


Homestay Placement Fee - includes airport pickup $300
Homestay Fee - includes two meals a day $240 per week
Alternative accommodation
Flatting $150 - $250
per week
Hostel $190 - $250
per week


Bus fare - Metrocard - unlimited travel  $100 per month
Bus fare (cash) $3.50 per ride
Car parking
Campus carpark $2 per day

Medical and travel insurance

Allianz StudentPlus

Ara requires all international students to have comprehensive travel and medical insurance. This is a legal requirement under the NZ Ministry of Education Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students. Ara's preferred insurance provider is Allianz StudentPlus, who have specifically tailored their policy to meet the needs of our students.

Estimated costs are NZ$523.50 for a full year of study and you should budget accordingly.  The cost for your insurance cover will be provided on your Statement of Fees included with your Offer of Place letter.

- Estimated insurance cost for a full year of study

Student Visa

On campus application $220
Graduate Work Visa $350
In country application - contact your nearest Immigration NZ Branch

Living expenses

Allow approximately $50 - $100
per week

Everyday items

Cappuccino $4.50
1 kg rice $3.50
Loaf of bread $4.50
Dozen of eggs $3.50
Can of Coca Cola $2.00
McDonald's Big Mac $5.80
Litre of milk $2.60
Local newspaper $1.70
Movie ticket $17.50