Auckland’s high rent prices might result in a decline in students

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By Kaylah Burke

Image: NZUSA 2014 Income and Expenditure surveyImage: NZUSA 2014 Income and Expenditure survey

Rising rent prices in Auckland might mean future tertiary students will choose to study elsewhere in New Zealand.

The New Zealand Union of Students’ Association says Auckland students are paying the highest regional rent rates in the country, according to its 2014 Income and Expenditure survey.

Auckland is the only city in New Zealand where maximum student allowance for a single applicant does not cover regional rent rates.

The July 2015 Auckland suburb report by Barfoot & Thompson, showed that the average rent for a three bedroom home in the city centre was $806 per week.

The students’ association survey shows that the average cost to rent in Auckland is $15.90 more than the second most expensive city, Christchurch.

Auckland University student Aron Roberts-Radford and his flatmate pay $400 a week to rent in central Auckland.

After five months of living…

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