This informative page is an all-inclusive reference on how to live in New Zealand during your academic career. Your life in the country will be highly peaceful, where you’ll have the advantages of high standards of living everywhere, full of greenery and water bodies.
Halls of Residence
Here 5-7 students share one apartment together – a common space with individual bedrooms, lobby and kitchen. This is a great option for students looking to make friends, do bonding with the foreign student groups, dividing tasks such as laundry and cooking, and learning the best of respective cultures – all this and yet having your own privacy for learning, exploring and living. Mostly students of different genders live together and if you require a floor or dormitory specific to your gender then you can get the same by contacting your Institution. The average costs can usually range from NZ $150-200 per week.
Quite a few NZ families live in spacious homes and rent out spare rooms to international students. This has a lot of benefits of its own, the major one being that the student lives in a house environment just like a family member. This is a great option for migrant students because it helps them quickly adapt to the new country’s enviornment. Living with residents of that family helps the students improve their communication skills in English. In a convenient scenario the student has an independent room and is also provided meals by the family.
Off-campus (Private) Accommodation / ‘Flatting’
Off-campus or Private Accommodation, also called ‘Flatting’, is quite popular among students. Compared to On-campus it has no fixed prices or basic things for all students. The rent amount varies significantly according to the area and the facilities provided. Your college/University can help by giving you a list of rented accommodations near the Institution. Generally renting an entire home or apartment will be too costly for a single student, hence it is advised to find and explore groups of students who are renting by going through billboards in the Institution, looking on the Internet, or go through newspapers classifieds and sign boards indicating vacancy of rooms or houses. The rents can usually be in the range of NZ $100-200 per week.