There are a few items that you would never travel wthout like your mobile phone, house keys, car, etc. But your wallet is arguably the most important as it holds your identification, cash and more importantly cards that allow you to access day to day life.
Here are some cards that we highly recommend every student in Auckland add to their wallet.
1. Bank Cards
Bank cards can offer more peace of mind. It’s not only more efficient, but also means you don’t have to carry or hold a large amount of cash.
In New Zealand, the most common banks are ASB, ANZ, BNZ, Kiwibank and Westpac. There are a few others as well but it is always good to choose one that has ATM’s that can be found easily when you need to withdraw cash.
To learn more about registered banks in New Zealand visit: List of registered banks in New Zealand
2. AT (Auckland Transport) HOP Card
It’s a very good idea to have an AT Hop card in your wallet even if you stay on campus. A Hop card is more efficient than paying by cash as you can just swipe it on the HOP sensor as you enter the bus. It also gives a significant discount over cash fares for all distances. It can also be used on any mode of Auckland Public Transport like ferries, trains and buses. Even using the card once or twice a month for a trip to Waiheke or across to Takapuna beach will give you a discount.
If you use public transport on a daily basis then you could also apply a tertiary concession which provides even cheaper fares, and apply this to a monthy pass for super discounted rates. Just make sure you can show a valid student I.D. with a tertiary I.D. sticker. You can ask about these at EDENZ Colleges reception, apply online or visit the nearest AT customer service centre.
To learn more about AT Hop cards visit: Auckland Transport
3. Auckland Libraries Card
The Auckland library card is not just for borrowing books. It also gives you access to a wide range of ebooks, magazines, audiobooks, CDs, DVDs and much more. It’s absolutely free for those over 18 years old living in Auckland.
To get your card, all you need to show proof of your address (this can be a bill, or bank statement). The card lets you photocopy, scan and print here too for a nominal fee. What’s more is there are regular careers events, cultural meetings and their latest addition lets you 3D print your 3D design!
For those of you who are looking for a peaceful place to study, catch up on popular magazines or book, or usome free browsing on their computers – the library is a great place to visit and a must have card.
To learn more about Auckland Library visit: Auckland Library
For more information about living in Auckland, EDENZ Colleges can help you.