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Wellington is a great place to be a student. It's small enough to get a friendly New Zealand experience, with a vibrant city offering plenty to do.
Wellington is New Zealand’s capital city, located in the centre of the country. Sitting on a stunning harbour and surrounded by lush green hills, Wellington is beautiful, vibrant and cosmopolitan.
The Wellington region has a population of 496,000 and is home to many diverse cultures. Statistics New Zealand estimate around 25% of the people in Wellington are born overseas.
As well as being the government centre, Wellington is renowned for its cultural scene with fine cuisine, art, music and a world-renowned film industry. It was recently named the world's most liveable city for the second year in a row by Deutsche Bank.
Getting around in Wellington is easy. Because the central city is so compact many people walk or bike to school or university. There is also an efficient public transport system with regular buses and trains connecting the Wellington region.
All three universities are within 15 minutes’ walk of downtown Wellington along with many other tertiary institutions and schools.
And because Wellington is located in the middle of the country, it's a fantastic base to explore the rest of New Zealand.
Weather you're on a tight budget or treating yourself to a designer piece, there's something for everyone in Wellington's fashion, gift and boutique stores.
Malls in Lower Hutt and Porirua contain a range of international chains and local stores.