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Invercargill is situated at the bottom of New Zealand’s South Island.

It’s one of the world’s southernmost cities and is surrounded by some of New Zealand’s most beautiful scenery and nature.

Living in Invercargill as a student

Invercargill welcomes students and rewards them with affordable living and a range of fun sporting and recreational activities, community groups, clubs, and entertainment.

While living and studying in Invercargill, you’ll appreciate the cycle-friendly landscape with wide streets, a gridded layout, and a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

As a student at Southern Lakes English College, you’ll get free access to the Southern Institute of Technology’s excellent facilities, including a library, gym, cafe, and health centre.

What to do in Invercargill

Make sure you visit Queens Park, a huge public park which boasts sports areas, wildlife habitats and beautiful gardens. It’s a brilliant place to meet friends, have lunch, or play sports while working on your English.

Take a look at the historic Invercargill Water Tower, a perfect example of the Victorian architecture introduced to New Zealand by English settlers, then learn more about Invercargill with a trip to He Waka Tuia Museum and Art Gallery.

Invercargill is known as the City of Water and Light, thanks to its long daylight hours in summer and frequent sightings of the spectacular Southern Lights (Aurora Australis). You can see stunning sunsets from the Mihimoana gardens or Ōreti Beach.

Invercargill is also home to some quirky attractions like ‘Dig This’ where you can try driving diggers and bulldozers!

Eating and drinking in Invercargill

Food lovers are well catered for in Invercargill with a fantastic selection of cafes, restaurants, and bars to choose from. Book a cheese tasting at the Sheep Milk Café or sample some delicious local seafood from Buster Crabb.

You can try some of the region’s famous oysters at Barnes Wild Bluff Oysters, and meet friends for a drink at Louie’s Café and Tapas Bar.

Your stay wouldn’t be complete without a trying traditional Southland Cheese Roll – available at almost any cafe in Invercargill!

What to see and do in the Invercargill region

Physically active students can add mountain biking and hiking to their fitness schedule with a range of great tracks in and around Invercargill. These activities are an excellent way to meet new people and get into the heart of New Zealand’s beautiful forests and mountainous landscapes. Students who love nature can also try trout fishing in the rivers around Invercargill, or spend a weekend experiencing the wild beauty of the Catlins or Stewart Island.

Look out for the annual Burt Munro challenge, a motorcycle event celebrating the life of the local world land-speed record holder and the subject of ‘The World’s Fastest Indian’ movie.

In the wintertime, visit the nearby town of Bluff for the Bluff Oyster and Food Festival where you can sample some of the best seafood in the world.

Why learn English in Invercargill?

Choose Invercargill if you want to learn English in a relaxed, student-friendly environment.

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Our Invercargill Campus, in the very south of New Zealand, is a great choice for students wanting a friendly, safe, and peaceful life, with fantastic access to a range of outdoor activities. Southern Lakes English College (SLEC), an NZQA Category 1 school, offers high-quality English lessons, and provides the opportunity...