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Halls of Residence

Most tertiary institutions, and some private secondary schools, have Halls of Residence.

Halls of Residence are generally located a short walk from campus.

Rooms are single or twin-share, with communal laundry, lounge room and dining hall. Meals are usually provided, and all dietary needs can be catered for.

A warden lives on site, and organised sporting and recreational activities are common.

In general, Halls of Residence are great for students who wish to meet new people, and live in a secure, safe environment.

Average cost: Around $200nzd per week.

Homestay/Private Board

A New Zealand Homestay means you live with a family in a residential house – usually with a room of your own. Your NZ Homestay family provides your meals and helps you with day-to-day life in New Zealand.

Homestay accommodation in NZ is an excellent way to meet New Zealanders, and interact with people in English.

As a guest in your host family’s home you are expected to contribute to normal family life, a great way to experience New Zealand.

Average cost: Around $180nzd per week.

Flatting/Independent Accommodation

"Going Flatting" is the New Zealand term for renting an apartment or house (flat).

Flatting gives you the flexibility to live with as many people as you like – males or females.

New Zealand flats range from one-bedroom apartments to 4 or 5 bedroom homes.

NZ Rental accommodation is generally clustered around colleges or universities, but flats can be found in most city suburbs.

Many rental properties in New Zealand come with a garden, and have car parking.

An oven is provided, with sometimes other larger appliances such as washing machines and dishwashers. Most New Zealand houses are stand-alone, and do not have central heating. Your landlord does not have to supply heat, so you pay for gas/electricity yourself.

Usually a "bond" (2 – 4 weeks rent) is paid to your landlord. This is returned to you when you move out – providing the house has not been damaged in any way.

For advice on rental properties in New Zealand contact Tenancy Services.

Average Cost: $70-$150nzd rent per week, plus expenses (food, electricity, phone, water etc)

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