If you are getting ready to study in New Zealand, its time to get excited as this may be the best years of your life, meeting new people, doing things you have never done before, exploring new places and making memories.
Leaving home for the first time can be scary so make sure to pack some items that remind you of home, it could be and old cuddly toy, photos, favorite blanket, even a body lotion that reminds you of home. Items from home should help you settle in quickly.
Moving out of the comfort of your family home means you will need to learn how to budget carefully, try not to spend all your student allowance in one month on takeaways and wine or beer. Getting a part time job will help and it will also assist in making friends. I worked in a café so had free lunches. Try and save a little bit of your money each week or month just so you have a little buffer incase of an emergency. You could club together with some other students in your accommodation on food as bulk can be cheaper, and cooking together is a great way to get to know others. Look online for cheap meal ideas. Getting your accommodation packs ordered before you start University will save you having to spend money when you arrive at your accommodation.
Research the weather at the city you will be studying in, North and South Island can have completely different weather at the same time. It is true that you can experience 4 different seasons in one day. Make you you research what the weather is generally going to be like before you move over and pack accordingly. Don't forget your sunscreen as even on cloudy days the power of the sun can be dangerous, oh and insect repellant as sand flies are a nightmare.