• New global survey shows New Zealand’s cities are cheaper to live in than any other major city in the Asia-Pacific region.
  • Auckland ranks 4th in Worldwide Quality of Living Survey.


One of many excellent reasons to choose New Zealand as your study destination is its low cost of living. The latest global Mercer Worldwide Cost of Living Survey has shown that New Zealand’s major cities are cheaper to live in than any other major city in the Asia-Pacific region. The survey measures the comparative cost of over 200 items in each location, including housing, transport, food, clothing, household goods and entertainment. Auckland was ranked 149th out of the 214 cities surveyed. (1 = most expensive, 214 = least expensive)

Compare the cost of living for various study destinations popular with English language learners:

Auckland (149)

Adelaide (90 – Australia’s least expensive city)
Toronto (76)
Vancouver (75)
Los Angeles (55)
Brisbane (55)
Dublin (42)
Melbourne (33)
New York (27)
Sydney (24)
London ( 17)
Not only are New Zealand cities cheaper than other English-speaking cities, they are great places to live and study. Auckland came 4th equal again* in Mercer’s 2010 Worldwide Quality of Living Survey last month. (Auckland was also ranked 4th in 2009 and 5th in 2008.) No English-speaking city was ranked higher.This survey compares 215 cities. Mercer determines rankings on 39 criteria, including political, social, economic and environmental factors, plus health, education, transport and other public services.

You can read more about the Cost of Living Survey in the NZ Herald or on Mercer‘s site. For more on the 2010 Worldwide Quality of Living, see Mercer‘s site.*New Zealand and Vancouver ranked 4th equal in 2010 and 2009.