students at piha beach, west auckland

Why Auckland

Choose a city full of possibilities

Quality study options

Auckland has a wide range of primary, secondary and tertiary institutions offering courses in everything from physics to farming. 

Thanks to New Zealand’s internationally respected academic standards, Auckland is home to a large number of top-ranked institutions that can cater for any student’s learning needs, offering incredible career opportunities. 

Auckland has been ranked among the top cities in the world for students to pursue a university education. London-based Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) ranked Auckland 18th in the world in its 2013-2014 Best Student Cities survey. 

The ranking looks at education quality, student mix, quality of living, employer activity and affordability and compares how attractive 98 cities are for both local and international students. 

What’s more, our people are friendly and welcoming, making Auckland New Zealand’s most popular destination for international students.

students at kitekite falls, west auckland

Unbeatable lifestyle

Where else can you go sailing, horse riding, hiking, surfing, paddle boarding or mountain biking all within an hour of a bustling, modern city? In Auckland you get the best of both worlds – big city style and a stunning natural playground. 

Auckland is rated the third most liveable city in the world in the Mercer Quality of Living scale. It is consistently ranked one of the world’s best places to live, not just for its huge variety of activities, but for its cleanliness, infrastructure, people and climate.

Auckland is more than just a city, it’s a whole region full of things to do. The city centre’s shopping precincts, waterfront areas and many restaurants are surrounded by harbours, beaches and lush green forests. There’s also a full calendar of events year round, including cultural festivals, sports events, concerts and theatre. ​

Opportunities for your career

With a population of 1.5 million people and counting, Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city and one of the country’s fastest growing. 

As New Zealand’s financial and economic powerhouse, skilled people are in demand and opportunities are growing in many sectors.

Caring for international students

Auckland is home to many different cultural groups from around the world, giving the city a rich cultural mix that is reflected in its restaurants, meeting places, events, music and art. 

Our international students are welcomed, making Auckland feel like a home away from home. 

All schools and institutions are legally required to prioritise the well-being of international students and our international students enjoy a high level of care.