Study Abroad in New Zealand with Arcadia University

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Cost of Living

The New Zealand unit of currency is the New Zealand dollar, which we abbreviate as NZ$. Exchange rates can fluctuate on a daily basis. To check today's rate, visit an exchange rate currency calculator. The prices listed below are provided to help you estimate expenses, though may vary slightly according to city. You may wish to also visit the Planning a Budget page for further information.

Special note: The New Zealand Government has a tax called the GST (Goods and Services Tax). The GST is a 12.5% tax on all goods and services (food, consumables, transportation and utilities). This is included in all of the prices below. 

 

Everyday Items

Airmail Postage (US)

NZ$ 1.50 for postcard,
NZ$ 2.00 for letter

Daily Newspaper

NZ$ .80

Haircut

NZ$ 15 - 60

Cinema

NZ$ 15 

Concert Tickets

NZ$ 25+ (this is with a student discount)

Sports Event

NZ$ 15+

Hairdryer

NZ$ 30-40

Curling Iron

NZ$ 30-40

Batteries

NZ$ 7.50 for 4 AA batteries,
NZ$ 5.75 for 2 C batteries

Notebooks

NZ$ 6

Ballpoint pens

NZ$ .85-2.00

Paperback Books

NZ$ 25

Single sheets (pair)

NZ$ 15

Comforter 

NZ$ 25-30

Pillow

NZ$ 15

Meals in Restaurants

Fine Restaurant

NZ$ 40+

Modest Restaurant

NZ$ 15+

Fast Food

NZ$ 5+

University Refectory

NZ$ 5+

Groceries

Fruits and Vegetables are per kilo or =2 lbs. 

Apples

NZ$ 2.50

Bananas

NZ$ 2.50

Oranges

NZ$ 4

Grapes

NZ$ 7

Lettuce

NZ$ 2.00/head

Tomatoes

NZ$ 5

Potatoes

NZ$ 3.00

Bread

NZ$ 2.00 per loaf

Eggs

NZ$ 3.50 per dozen

Chicken - whole

NZ$ 12

Cookies

NZ$ 2

Candy Bar

NZ$ 1

Gum

NZ$ .60

Can of Soda

NZ$ 1-1.50

Toothpaste

NZ$ 3

Toothbrush

NZ$ 4

275 Facial Tissues

NZ$ 1.50

375 ml Shampoo

NZ$ 3.95

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