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Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city with a population of about 1.6 million. It’s a popular destination for international students and has 11 English New Zealand schools to choose from.

Some only teach English to international students and others teach English plus other courses such as diplomas and degrees. Several offer academic English courses that pathway into university programmes.

Living in Auckland as a student

There are various accommodation options to choose from and public transport (bus or train) is the most common way to get to class each day.

At the beginning of your stay in Auckland, you might live with a homestay family or at a student residence. After you know the city better you could move into a shared house with friends, which is a popular choice for Auckland English language students.

If you’re improving your English before going on to further study, you’ll find many excellent Auckland high schools and tertiary institutions offering a range of programmes that English New Zealand schools can prepare you for.

What to do in Auckland

Our English language schools have great activities programmes which will help you meet other people in your school, and sometimes from other schools, while practising your English and having fun.

A popular activity in Auckland is a trip to the top of the Sky Tower, where you’ll see amazing views of the entire area, from the city skyline to open ocean.

You can see major works of art at the Auckland Museum, take a Māori Culture Tour to learn more about New Zealand’s history and heritage, or do something very adventurous like bungy jumping from the Sky Tower.

There are so many different things to experience in your free time that it’s impossible to list them all!

Eating & drinking in Auckland

As a major tourist destination, there are a lot of cafes, food courts, restaurants and different varieties of food in Auckland.

Sharing food with friends at lunchtime or having dinner together is a great way to practise your English, share information about your culture and learn about other cultures. In summer, dining outside is a popular thing to do, especially down by the waterfront.

Venues, facilities & events in Auckland

Auckland is a great venue for concerts and different types of cultural, music, arts and film festivals. A lot of international singers and musicians perform in Auckland. Beyoncé even did a bungy jump from the Sky Tower while she was here!

What to see in the Auckland region

Weekends will give you time to explore the region more and enjoy some of the many day trips you can do around Auckland.

Rainbow’s End theme park, the year-round indoor snow resort, or the Auckland Zoo are great options.

You can also take a ferry boat ride to the nearby suburb of Devonport or one of the many surrounding islands like Waiheke or Rangitoto. Waiheke is known for its arts and crafts community and it’s also a fantastic place to go hiking or biking.

Why learn English in Auckland?

If this vibrant, multi-cultural city is your preferred destination, you’ll have a great time while you practise your English!

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See our schools in Auckland

Worldwide School of English
Worldwide School of English was established in 1989 and is a New Zealand owned and operated private English language school. It offers English language education for adult students at a great location in central Auckland. Worldwide is famous for its nationality mix, its facilities, its daily social and activity schedule...
New Horizon College
New Horizon College (NHC) is a NZQA category 1 school and a proud member of English New Zealand, an elite group of long-established, high-quality language schools. New Horizon College is located in the heart of Auckland city, next to stunning Albert Park and surrounded by some of Auckland’s best cafes, restaurants and shops....
Languages International
Learn English in Auckland at New Zealand’s first private language school. Languages International has a global reputation for the quality of its educational programmes, its excellent student services and its iconic, conveniently located premises. Facilities and activities available at Languages International In Languages International’s beautiful historic buildings in central Auckland’s...
A founding member of English New Zealand and established since 1984, NZLC is one of the largest ESL schools in New Zealand offering a wide range of quality English courses with a diverse nationality mix of students. Our campuses are located in New Zealand’s largest cities: Auckland and Wellington. NZLC has been...
Seafield School of English
Seafield School of English, with 40 years’ history of proven teaching and learning excellence, is your school to learn English to live, study and work. Located in the centre of Auckland, Seafield is at the heart of the city with easy access to transportation, shopping, restaurants and business. Seafield is...
Auckland English Academy
Auckland English Academy (AEA) is an  NZQA category 1 school and a proud member of English New Zealand, an elite group of long-established, high-quality language schools. AEA is located in the heart of Auckland city, next to stunning Albert Park and surrounded by some of Auckland’s best cafes, restaurants and shops. We...
LSI Auckland
Welcome to LSI! At LSI Auckland we have over 25 years’ experience in providing quality tuition, in a truly international environment. It is common to find students from over 15 different countries studying with us at any one time. Overlooking the beautiful Myers Park, our school has large classrooms filled...
Bridge International College
Bridge International College is located in a lively street in the heart of Auckland CBD surrounded by fantastic cafes, galleries and shops. Albert Park, a popular lunchtime location for city workers and students, is on our doorstep and Auckland Art Gallery, Sky Tower and movie theatres are all very close...
Auckland Institute of Studies
The English Language Centre at Auckland Institute of Studies is part of our St Helens campus located off St Lukes Road. Our beautiful, peaceful park grounds in Mt Albert provide you with a wonderful study environment. Facilities and activities available at Auckland Institute of Studies Students are encouraged to use...
EF International Language Campus Auckland
EF International Language Centre, Auckland, is not  currently enrolling students due to Covid-19. EF Education First is a global education company focusing on language, academic, cultural exchange, and educational travel programs. With a mission to open the world through education, EF was founded in 1965. There are 612 EF schools...
Kaplan International Languages
Welcoming students from over 50 countries every year, Kaplan International Auckland is housed in an elegant Georgian-styled building, bordering the fashionable Newmarket and Parnell districts in central Auckland. Facilities and activities available at Kaplan International Languages Our extensive facilities include: study centre, computer suites and free wireless internet access, barbeque...