Don't break your bank to study


Southlanders love a good deal and the Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) offers the best student deal around – Zero tuition fees, unbeatable savings on cost of living and above all a great education.

We all know that students need the best education possible to set them up for their future, but being a student shouldn’t have to mean worrying about barely scraping by each week or drowning in student debt. In fact, financial worries can be one of the main reasons some students don’t complete their studies.

The main costs for students are rent and transport (including parking). SIT has free parking around all our campuses and is located in an area with affordable accommodation and transport options.

At SIT, we’re proud to say that our students receive first-class education, pay Zero tuition fees and benefit from Southland’s low cost of living. They have less financial stress while they study and our graduates get a head start for employment opportunities and a chance at financial security.

New Zealand Cost of Living Comparisons:

Rent – 3 bedroom house, central location









Palmerston North





$495 / $580

*Source – Ministry of Business and Innovation – Tenancy Services market rent data. Median rent for a 3 bedroom house, as at Q4 2018

Cost of Living – per week


$ 132**/$232







Palmerston North






Source – Studylink weekly cost of living, based on an individual’s share of living expenses. Renting with others in student area (3 bedrooms), food – basic dietary requirements, power, transport, phone – minimum phone and text plan, internet – unlimited broadband, other (includes clothing/toiletries/make-up)

*Source – SIT

** When a first-year student is a recipient of Accommodation Bursary


Advantages for Studying at SIT, Invercargill Campus:

Affordable housing options:

  • Rental accommodation
  • Affordable home ownership.

Work opportunities:

  • Southland has one of New Zealand’s lowest unemployment rates, meaning more student jobs, as well as graduate opportunities
  • Local employers are very supportive of SIT and keen to hire graduates.

Low transport costs:

  • Most student needs are within walking/cycling distance
  • Abundant free parking around main campus.

Access to facilities and outdoor recreational activities:

  • Stadium & Velodrome
  • Swimming pool and aquatic center
  • Sandy Point Reserve – rowing, water skiing, mountain biking, horse riding, speedway, golf, sports fields & more
  • Trekking and Hiking
  • Oreti Beach – surfing & swimming.

World-renowned events:

  • Burt Munro Challenge
  • Bluff Oyster Festival
  • Tour of Southland
  • The Great NZ Santa Run/Walk