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Invercargill is situated at the southern tip of New Zealand’s South Island. The capital of the Southland region, Invercargill was established in the 1850s. It is one of the world’s southernmost cities and surrounded by some of New Zealand’s most beautiful scenery and nature.

Living in Invercargill as a student

The city of Invercargill is welcoming for students learning English. It values resident students and rewards them with affordable living and loads of chances to get into sporting and recreational activities, community groups and clubs, and entertainment events. 

While living and studying in Invercargill you will enjoy the cycle-friendly landscape with wide streets and the city’s gridded layout. You may notice the relaxed and friendly atmosphere of New Zealand’s southernmost city, also known as the City of Water and Light, thanks to the longer daylight hours residents bask in during summer and the frequent sightings of the Southern Lights (Aurora Australis).  

What to see in the Invercargill region

Queens Park forms Invercargill’s central meeting point. Spanning over 80 hectares, the beautiful public park boasts sports areas, wildlife habitats and well-kept gardens. It’s a brilliant place to meet friends, have lunch or play sports while working on your English. 

Close to the edge of Queens Park is the historic Invercargill Water Tower. A perfect example of the Victorian architecture English settlers introduced to New Zealand; the tower is an important part of Invercargill’s water supply system. 

Stunning southern sunsets can be seen from Invercargill’s Mihimoana gardens which overlook the New River Estuary.  

What to do in Invercargill

Physically active students can add mountain biking and hiking to their fitness schedule with a range of MTB trails and hiking tracks in and around Invercargill. These activities are a good way to meet new people and get into the heart of New Zealand’s beautiful forests and mountainous landscape. 

Students really wanting to be at one with nature can experience the world-renowned trout fishing in the rivers around Invercargill.  

Annual events to look out for near Invercargill are the Burt Munro Challenge — a motorcycle event celebrating the life of Burt Munro, a local world land-speed record holder and subject of ‘The World’s Fastest Indian’ movie — and the Bluff Oyster and Food Festival where you can sample some of the best seafood in the world. 

Eating and drinking in Invercargill

Foodies are well catered for in Invercargill with a large selection of cafes, restaurants and bars to choose from. The region has a keen beer brewing culture, and great-tasting fresh fish is caught and served in the same day. The nearby Bluff oysters are known around the world and the farmland surrounding Invercargill produces culinary produce. 

Why learn English in Invercargill?

Invercargill is a wonderful place for international students to learn English in a chilled out environment with so much to do right on your doorstep. 

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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...