Finding your home away from home
There are four main options when it comes to finding a place to live during your studies.
Depending on what you need – and your budget - your options include living in a hostel or halls of residence, private boarding, homestay, or independent accommodation.
When finding the right place for you, it’s important to keep in mind your budget, any extra costs you may need to cover such as a rental bond, meals or utility fees, access to public transport, distance to your campus and any other amenities or facilities you might want to be close to.
The halls of residence (or hostels) are usually a small walk from your campus – making them a convenient option as you won’t need to travel far and your accommodation may also include a furnished room and meals. If you’re looking for something a little more private, private boarding offers you your own room, which could be either in a residential home or a boarding house with other boarders.
The homestay option provides you with the opportunity to live with a New Zealand family in their home and comes with a furnished room and assistance from the family to help you settle in to everyday life in New Zealand.
Finally, independent accommodation offers you the chance to live with other flatmates and share the cost of rent and other amenities.