Accommodation & Other Services

Pastoral Care

"We're here to take care of you"

Education providers in New Zealand play an important role to ensure that International Students are properly looked after, this is known as pastoral care. To support this, the New Zealand government has developed the Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice 2016, also known as the Code of Practice. 

 

The Code of Practice sets the standards of care that you can expect as an International Student. It also provides a procedure for complaints that you can follow if you have concerns about the treatment you receive from your education provider or an agent of the provider.

A friendly welcome awaits...

Settling in a new country, so different from your own can be quite a challenge and we understand that and try our best to get you comfortable and settled as soon as possible. 

Our dedicated student welfare Officer, friendly staff and engaging faculty will have you feeling at home in time at all! 

A fun event is always around the corner at AGI, Quiz nights, Mid-winter ball, Picnics on the beach and much, much more... 

Our aim is to provide high quality education and a fun filled social life so students have a rewarding and exciting time at AGI.

Home-stay away from home

If opting to stay with a homestay family, you can be assured that every care will be taken of your comfort and safety.

The Homestay agency that we use, thoroughly inspects potential host families (this includes police checks) for suitability before any student is placed with a family.

You will feel welcome and cared for, in your new home away from home.

As part of your homestay experience, you can expect:

  • To be picked up from the airport and taken to the homestay address

  • Regular meetings to ensure you are comfortable and taken care of

  • Your own well-furnished room and fresh bedsheets and other linen

  • Breakfast and dinner every day and lunch included on Saturday and Sunday.​

Home-stay cost information is available on request.

IMMIGRATION AND VISA

International students need to meet the requirements of Immigration New Zealand and must have a valid student visa to study in New Zealand. You can get answers to all your questions on the Immigration New Zealand website, or you can get in touch with a Licensed Immigration Advisor. 

STUDENTS ABOVE THE AGE OF 18 YEARS

Students who are over 18 years of age do not need to secure accommodation prior to arriving in New Zealand, but it is advisable. 

STUDENTS UNDER THE AGE OF 18 YEARS

Students who are under 18 years of age must provide a guarantee of accommodation on programme commencement from the college. This can be provided once the tuition and accommodation fees have been received by the college. Immigration New Zealand will not issue a student visa unless the guarantee of accommodation is provided. 

HOW TO APPLY

To obtain a student visa, you have to be enrolled in an NZQA approved course at an educational institution that has been accredited to offer that course. You can apply for your visa online with Immigration New Zealand or get in contact with a Licensed Immigration Advisor. For the students who are already in New Zealand before the commencement of the programme, please get in contact with our marketing team on 022-CALL-AGI (+64-22-225-5244) who will be able to guide you with the steps further. 

IMMIGRATION AND VISA

International students need to meet the requirements of Immigration New Zealand and must have a valid student visa to study in New Zealand. You can get answers to all your questions on the Immigration New Zealand website, or you can get in touch with a Licensed Immigration Advisor. 

STUDENTS ABOVE THE AGE OF 18 YEARS

Students who are over 18 years of age do not need to secure accommodation prior to arriving in New Zealand, but it is advisable. 

STUDENTS UNDER THE AGE OF 18 YEARS

Students who are under 18 years of age must provide a guarantee of accommodation on programme commencement from the college. This can be provided once the tuition and accommodation fees have been received by the college. Immigration New Zealand will not issue a student visa unless the guarantee of accommodation is provided. 

HOW TO APPLY

To obtain a student visa, you have to be enrolled in an NZQA approved course at an educational institution that has been accredited to offer that course. You can apply for your visa online with Immigration New Zealand or get in contact with a Licensed Immigration Advisor. For the students who are already in New Zealand before the commencement of the programme, please get in contact with our marketing team on 022-CALL-AGI (+64-22-225-5244) who will be able to guide you with the steps further. 

WORKING IN NEW ZEALAND

WORKING AFTER COURSE FINISHES

When you have finished your study you may be able to apply for a Post Study Work Visa. Please get in contact with Immigration New Zealand or a Licensed Immigration Advisor for more information on this.

WORKING WHILE STUDYING

On a student visa, you may be able to work part-time up to 20 hours per week. It is mandatory for you to check your visa – it will show if, as well as when, you can work while you are studying in New Zealand.

Please note that in order to work in New Zealand, you must register with the Inland Revenue Department and obtain an IRD number. 

You can find out about wages and working conditions on Employment New Zealand website.

 

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Level 1, 2 Chancery St, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand

190 Great South Road, Epsom, Auckland 1023

Level 1, Whirinaki Building, 7 Springs Rd, East Tamaki, 2013

0800-244463 (Domestic); +64-9-379 6628 (International)

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

How do I travel to college and back?

The AGI’s Chancery campus is centrally located in the heart of Auckland with easy access to trains and buses for a hassle-free commute to and from student residences. 

Auckland Transport is responsible for Auckland's public-transport services including buses, ferries, trains, roads, cycling and parking. Information about transport timetables are available at the AT Website.

Auckland Transport provides discounts to tertiary students for travelling. Students are advised to get an AT HOP card for travelling.

The nearest train station to AGI’s Chancery Campus is Britomart.

Is the winter harsh? What clothes am I advised to wear in winter?

Winter in Auckland usually lasts from June to August. Auckland rarely witnesses frost or snow; however wet winter days are something to look-out for.

With harsh winds, an umbrella might be hard to manage. But you may always choose to wear a light t-shirt, thermal top or blouse under a warm woolen-jersey or rainproof sweatshirt. You may also choose to wear a singlet under your t-shirt or blouse, a jacket or a puffer jacket hat, a cap or beanie or a scarf and some warm gloves. Jeans are not warm enough for winter, but you may choose to get some 'moleskins' as they are quite trendy and keep warm. Girls may choose to wear tights under their jeans for warmth. A warm pair of boots while travelling to college and some rain-friendly footwear for the day would be ideal. 

Remember, temperatures inside the college are maintained for warmth and comfort whereas outside temperatures can be cold, so it is advised to dress accordingly.

What is the summer like in New Zealand and what clothes am I advised to wear?

In high summer, sunshine can be severe and strong. Your skin may burn more easily in New Zealand than most parts of the world. Liberal application of sunscreen is advised. 

You may choose to wear light cotton or linen t-shirts, light cotton blouses. Sweatshirts or cardigans can be tagged with a light cotton outfit; in-case it gets colder. Light cotton jeans, light cotton skirts or trousers can also be worn. You may choose to wear a pair of sandals, 'slip-on's, jandals or light flat shoes.

As always, remember to carry an umbrella - Auckland is known for erratic, unpredictable showers.

How can I subscribe to the Auckland City Library?

Students needs to show their passport and proof of address in New Zealand to the Auckland City Library staff to avail a membership card. Members may use the Wi-Fi and computers at the library for recreational and study purposes. 

For more info, refer to the Auckland City Library Website.

What would be my cost of living?

Cost of living will depend upon each student's lifestyle.

  • Rent: $150 to $250 a week

  • Groceries: $70 to $100 a week

  • Transportation: $60 a week

  • Mobile plans: $20 to $30 a month

  • Recreational activities: $225 to $300 a year

  • Miscellaneous: $50 a week

 

It would approximately be around NZD $15,000 per annum. For more details, refer to the New Zealand Now website

 

How can I obtain a student Visa?

Full details of immigration requirements are available from Immigration New Zealand, and can be viewed on their website at: 

https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas 
New Zealand Embassies and High Commissions

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0800-244463 (Domestic);

+64-9-379 6628 (International)

LOCATIONS

City Campus - Level 1,2 Chancery Street, Auckland City - 1010

Epsom Campus - 190 Great South Road, Epsom, Auckland - 1023

East Tamaki Campus - 7 Springs Rd, East Tamaki, Auckland 2013

New Plymouth Campus - Level 1, 20 Pohutukawa Place, Bell Block, New Plymouth 4312

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