What is life like for an overseas student in Auckland?

The Sky Tower is an iconic part of the Auckland skyline.

Whether you land in Auckland's modern, exciting pastures as an international student, or are moving to New Zealand's largest city from another part of the country, it's only natural that you will be a little curious and have a few questions about your new home away from home.

As a city full of outstanding work opportunities, with a whole raft of things to see and do, Auckland is a fantastic place to settle down and build knowledge around your chosen career path. Not for no reason was the 'City Of Sails' ranked in the top 20 in the world by Quacquarelli Symonds in its Best Student Cities Guide for 2015, which takes into consideration education quality, mix of students, employer activity, quality of living and affordability.

Auckland is a fantastic place to settle down and build knowledge around your chosen career path.

With that in mind, let's take a look at just what you can expect from life as a student in the city when you enrol in a course at Auckland Institute of Studies (AIS) – read on to find out more!

An opportunity knocks…

As Auckland has a population of over 1.5 million people, it's easily New Zealand's biggest city, and the people that live here come from all walks of life. Though it is not the nation's capital, Auckland is still the financial and economic hub of New Zealand, and that means that there is a broad array of career opportunities to explore once you have graduated from AIS. Skilled, qualified candidates in a great many sectors are forever in demand in this growing, vibrant metropolis, and you may even secure your dream job before your studies are complete.

An international flavour

Because Auckland is such a wonderful melting pot of many different peoples and cultures, you'll find this reflected as you take a walk through its friendly streets and beautiful parks. Indeed, you can dine in restaurants specialising in cuisine from all corners of the globe, or enjoy a free cultural event in one of Auckland's wide-open spaces. These could be the Diwali Festival in Aotea Square, or the Chinese Lantern Festival on the lush lawns of the Domain – maybe even both! Additionally, there are several international music events or art festivals to attend – all you have to do is turn up and enjoy!

Auckland is a beautiful, modern city bursting with opportunities.Auckland is a beautiful, modern city bursting with opportunities.

And that's just Auckland itself – after just a few minutes' travel, whether in a car, bus or train, you'll find yourself outside of the city limits and surrounded by verdant farmland, shimmering beaches and sky-piercing mountains. All are just begging to be explored before you return to Auckland to complete that essay, resume revising or perhaps just relax with friends – it's completely up to you!

To find out more about life in Auckland, take a look at our guide or get in touch with us – we'd love to hear from you!