Introduction 3 Auckland suburbs 4 Finding a place to live 7 ABC of flatting 9 The cost of living in Auckland 13 Your rights and responsibilities 16 as a tenant Bond 17 Tenancy agreements 18 You have the power 19 (phone and gas) Agony Aunt 23 How to make ends meet 24 Healthy and affordable eating 26 Recipes (Even you can make these.) 28 Transport 33 Let’s talk about services 35 Does your flat tick all the boxes? 37 Steps to getting your bond back 38 University self-catered residences 39 COVER Location: Te Ara I Whiti, the pink lightpath Bikes supplied by: Big Street Bikers, Viaduct Harbour Photographer: Dean Carruthers Contents 2 | Living in Auckland - A student’s guide