Auckland is the capital of New Zealand and named as one of the 10 cities to definitely visit in the world!
Thus, the capital of New Zealand is highly wanted by students and offers a large variety of activities (bungy jump, volcano climbing, music and cultural festivals…).
Just arrived in Auckland and looking for an accommodation? Several options for international students present themselves:
You can either be part of a local family with homestay accomodation ( https://www.homestay.com/new-zealand/auckland) or if you prefer, some student hostels are availables (http://unilodge.com.au/city/auckland,http://www.empireapartment.co.nz, http://www.ymcaauckland.org.nz).
I would advise you to book a temporary accommodation when landed in Auckland (http://www.aucklandnz.com/accommodation, https://www.airbnb.com) and then, take into account all the possibilities and find the most suitable offer with your personal requirements (Price, location…).
If you prefer to live in a flatshare, try to find something on these websites: http://www.nzflatmates.co.nz/flats/auckland, http://www.easyroommate.co.nz/professional-flatshare/auckland-region ).
As a student, you should find something between $150/week and $300/week
How to go across the city?
You can easily travel in Auckland by Bus, Train and Ferry. The public transports are quite cheap there. Buy the AT HOP card and recharge it whenever you want. You can even get free WIFI in some areas! Otherwise, go through the city by walking or cycling.