ACCOMMODATION

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Student accommodation in New Zealand

You’ll need somewhere to live while you study, and there are plenty of options available. From apartments in the city to homestays in the countryside, you’ll find something that suits you and your lifestyle.

Homestay (or private board)

With a homestay you live with a New Zealand family in their home, usually in a fully furnished room of your own. They’ll provide you with meals and help you to settle in to day-to-day life in New Zealand. A homestay is a great way to get to know some friendly New Zealanders, develop your English skills and get a close-up look at New Zealand’s way of life and culture.

Flatting/Independent Accommodation

Flats range from one-bedroom apartments to four or five bedroom homes, and can be found just about anywhere – close to cities and campuses or further out in the surrounding suburbs, where you’re more likely to find gardens and car-parking space.

Most flats include basic equipment such as an oven, dishwasher, washing machine and clothes dryer. You and your flatmates will share the cost of rent and usually the phone and energy bills.

Accommodation costs

The cost of accommodation will vary depending on how you want to live. The national median rent for a three-four bedroom house is NZ$565 per week in 2020, or NZ$215 a room per week.