How can I survive while studying on a shoestring budget?

Tips for making your money go further

What's a 'shoestring budget'?

A "shoestring budget" is when you do something with very little money. After paying for your airfare, visa, English course...there's not much money left! How can you make the rest of your money go further? Here are some tips!


Look for discounts

Grabone and Grouponz often have great deals for eating out and on activities in Auckland, Wellington and other parts of New Zealand.


Rent a car

Grab your fellow students and plan your own weekend road trip. Talk to our student services team about how to do this. Make sure you have a valid driver’s license!

Road Trip


New Zealand is known for its beautiful nature and wherever you are in the country, you will always have access to a bush walk…and it’s completely free!


Take a study break and enjoy the fresh air:

Nature Walk

Get a Student Discount Card

There are numerous international student cards that will give you discounts on accommodation, transport, shopping, entertainment and other travel expenses.


Check out the International Student Identity Card which you can purchase online.

NZLC Activities

Our after school activities are free or at a discounted price. If you like soccer, sightseeing or having a beer after class while practising your English, have a look at our after school activities. Participating in these activities is a great way to make new friends as well as practising your English! If you have a particular activity that you would like to do, let us know and we will try and include it in the activity calendar.

Mt Victoria

Kiwi Pub Conversation

Monitor your daily expenses

It’s easy to lose track of how much you spend each day but it’s a good idea to keep a record of how much you are spending so that you can see where your money is going and cut things out if need be.


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