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Student Accommodation New Zealand
Finding Student Accommodation in New Zealand
Before you organise accommodation, you should first consider your budget and your needs. What can you afford? Do you want to live with people? Do you want to be in the middle of the action, or would you prefer a quieter space? Once you’ve answered these questions, you’re ready to start looking. New Zealand has many different accommodation options for students. The following are the most popular.
Halls of Residence
Your university’s halls of resident are the most convenient option, as they are situated either on campus or very nearby. Most on campus accommodation consists of single or twin share bedrooms and will typically include cleaning, utilities, meals and linen in the cost (although some university’s do charge extra for linen and/or meals.). Some universities also offer independent cottage style accommodation.
Nearly all halls of residence have an on site warden who provides guidance and advice to residents. They often have events commitees who organise social events and excursions. On campus residency can be costly, but it is the best opportunity to meet new people.
Student hostels are group living facilities that offer anything from single bedrooms to dorm style accommodation, housing up to twelve people in one large room. Some rooms have private bathrooms, but for the most part, bathrooms are communal. Some self-catering hostels have six to eight private bedrooms, with residents sharing a kitchen and living room.
Hostels generally have computer labs and recreation rooms. They are a cheap option for students and also provide a great opportunity to make new friends.
Homestay accommodation places you with a host family. You will receive a room in a suburban house and live with a family who will provide you with meals. By interacting with your host family and their friends and family, you receive invaluable opportunities to improve your English skills and experience true New Zealand culture. Homestay families generally expect you to help with domestic chores. Most universities will find a family for you through their homestay programme.
New Zealanders refer to the practice of renting a house or apartment as ‘flatting’ (and apartments are called ‘flats’.) You can flat by yourself or with other people. Your university will usually have dozens of advertisements for flatting opportunities on noticeboards or on university related classified websites. You should also check your local newpaper’s classified advertisements.
Most rentals are unfurnished, but include built in fixtures such as an oven and washing machine. You are responsible for organising telephone or internet connection, and pay electrical and phone bills. A deposit of four weeks rent is lodged with the Tenancy Services and refunded if you leave the dwelling in good condition.
Breaking your lease early can sometimes result in a forfeit of bond.
New Zealand has a range of accommodation options to suit all budget and personality types.
It is a good idea to organise your student accommodation in New Zealand before you leave. For further assistance, contact us.